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Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

Workplace bullying solutions in a social media age handcomingfromcomputer_sm.jpg

Bullying and cyberbullying are very real and very modern problems in organizations. It’s Newton’s third law of physics, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” applied to the workplace. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 9:03 AM

In Ontario, not everyone can challenge a will stop_yield_sm

Often a will is challenged by named beneficiaries who believe they are entitled to more, or by those excluded from the will altogether. It is possible for a will to be challenged, in certain circumstances, by dependants of a deceased. Dependant’s relief claims involve a different analysis and are not subject to the commentary below. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 29, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

Lawyers getting up to speed on machine learning humaniod_robot_lawyer_sm

Lawyers spend an inordinate amount of time learning the law, following trends and attempting to analyze the law. This learning doesn’t end in law school but continues into practice on files and through continuing professional development (CPD). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

Immigration implications of international surrogacy 2 dads with kids

Many Canadians turn to assisted human reproduction to help build their families, which can include surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries. However, Canadian immigration and citizenship laws have not kept up with current reality. As a result, Canadian parents of children born through surrogacy in a foreign jurisdiction may run into immigration challenges. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Need for legislated independent oversight in Nova Scotia jails Silhouettte.jpg

Starting this September, a group consisting of members of a civil society, a committee of East Coast Prison Justice Society, is set to enter the mens’ side of a Nova Scotian correctional facility to begin the process of information collection through meeting with detainees and staff. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Estate planners: Getting ready for the digital age digital_esate_sm

What do estate planning lawyers need in readiness for estate planning in a digital world? It boils down to understanding three new realities that fundamentally impact both estate planning and estate administration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 1:16 PM

Exploring the digital world of parent-child contact: Views, experiences Laptop with pink screen

In part one in this series of articles, the results of an online survey of mental health professionals and lawyers were highlighted. Depending on the perspective, there are both risks and rewards in using virtual technology as a means of parent-child contact. In part two, this author explores both the parents and children’s views and experiences with virtual parent-child contact post separation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Oregon natural gas facility could be fuelled by Canadian sources LNGtank.jpg

Both documentary evidence and economic theory indicate that natural gas exported from the proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at Coos Bay, Ore., will be sourced from British Columbia and Alberta. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Occupational classification: What is an accountant? two_doors_sm

The trade national (TN) occupational classification list under NAFTA’s Appendix 1603.D.1 was not reassessed when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated. Defining what does and does not fall under various occupations within an ever-changing economic landscape is not easy. This is particularly true for financial and business positions within the related TN occupational classifications for economists and accountants. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the classification of economist. In this article we tackle the classification of accountant. ... [read more]

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 1:35 PM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Health care consent power_of_attorney_sm

Our last five articles in this series reviewed important legal issues relating to powers of attorney for personal care. This sixth article reviews the importance of having a substitute decision maker and the role of health care consent. ... [read more]