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Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 3:51 PM

Uninsured parties and Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund Head-on collision

In Ontario, the requirement that all licensed motor vehicles have valid insurance means that, in most cases, there will be an insurer to respond. There are, however, circumstances where there is no insurance. In these cases, the lawyer should consider whether Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund may be in a position to respond to their clients’ claims. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 1:15 PM

Determining fairness of U.S. patent examiner statistics Patent application

Analytics describing what happens at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have been on the market for almost a decade, most commonly in the form of examiner statistics. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Improve your digital wellness Man entangled by smartphone

While online information tools grow at an explosive rate, our ability as humans to process the technology flood remains unchanged. It’s no wonder many legal professionals experience mental and physical health issues including stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to improve your workflow and hopefully your mental health. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 10:33 AM

Digital privacy for the living and the dead digital_assets_sm

In Oct. 2017, Maureen Henry obtained a judge’s order to gain access to her late son Dovi’s social media accounts. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 1:44 PM

Builder’s risk or commercial general liability: which insurance policy applies? House under construction

When unfortunate circumstances (e.g. flood, fire, etc.) cause significant damage to a major renovation or expansion project while construction is underway, including damage to newly renovated property and pre-existing property, which insurance policy(ies) ought to cover the losses? ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 1:17 PM

Recent environmental assessment reforms in Ontario Ontarioflag

Considerable public and political debate continues to accompany the Impact Assessment Act, which was enacted by Parliament in June 2019 as part of the omnibus Bill C-69. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Tax audits likely coming for Home Depot commercial account holders Man_paying_cash

Earlier in September, Home Depot commercial credit cardholders received a message from the home renovation behemoth stating that it was required, by a court order, to disclose to the Canada Revenue Agency its commercial customers’ business names, addresses and the total annual amounts of purchases charged to their accounts. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

Refugees and the federal election: Setting the record straight Federal election 2019

When it came time for the 2015 federal election campaign, we had slipped as a nation. The former government’s views on refugees were crystal clear. Not mincing words, it threw around terms like “bogus refugees” and referred to people coming to Canada for “gold-plated” health care, casting refugees from certain regions as unworthy scammers. The courts have since ruled that there was no evidence for any of this rhetoric and in fact, it flew in the face of s. 15 of the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 2:42 PM

Federal Court decision in Squamish fishing case overturned Big fish

In Squamish Nation v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans) 2019 FCA 216, the Federal Court of Appeal considered the Federal Court’s judicial review of the decision of the Regional Director General (RDG) of behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Should alternative medical treatments be covered by health care insurance benefits? Medical_cannabis_on_cross

It is a question that insurers are regularly confronted with in the context of claims for medical cannabis. While these claims elicit a degree of skepticism, the increasing use of cannabis as a legitimate treatment modality may warrant a change in prevailing attitudes. ... [read more]