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Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

New Toronto partners for Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright LLP announced the election of Philip Aubry, Tracy Bergeron and Sahar Cadili as new partners in the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Saucy tweet results in for cause termination of employee ouchtweet

Fastenal Canada terminated B.C. employee Hussien Mehaidi for expressing his outrage on Twitter for the company’s Christmas gift of Gets Sauced BBQ sauce and a company branded wooden scraper. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Top Ontario employment law cases of 2019 briefcase

Last year was a year full of changes in employment law. Aside from the many legislative changes on both the provincial and federal fronts, our courts (and some administrative tribunals) created new law, affirmed existing legal concepts and overturned others. With 2019 firmly behind us, we reviewed the top cases of 2019 and narrowed our selection of the top five cases to the following, in no particular order of importance. Two cases will be addressed in this first part of a two-part series, three others in part two. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:52 AM

The Sussexes are coming: Immigration and the Royals Crown_gold_sm

On Jan. 13, 2020, Queen Elizabeth released a statement announcing a period of transition in which Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and their young son, Archie, would spend time in Canada and the U.K. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Early neutral evaluation: A litigation off ramp off_ramp_sm

There are many forms of alternative dispute resolution, each with their own characteristics. Mediation and arbitration are well known to lawyers in Canada. However, one form of alternative dispute resolution that tends to get overlooked in Canada is early neutral evaluation — known as ENE — where an independent and impartial evaluator assesses the merits of the case. ENE is far more than a mediation in that it forces the evaluator to make an assessment of the case and communicate it to the parties. ENE offers a new off ramp that should be considered by litigation counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

The impact of self representation: Long-term views | Gary Joseph

Much of the debate surrounding the tidal wave of self representation has focused on the difficulties posed by untrained individuals before the courts. Cases, previously advanced on the basis of fact and law, now often become overly emotional battlefields for the vetting of marital discord. Separated spouses can be subjected to aggressive and unnecessary cross-examination by a self-represented individual and judges, vexed between neutral adjudication, maintaining the dignity of proceedings and fair treatment to all, are being drawn into the process in a manner not consistent with their historical common law role. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Canada’s skilled worker programs: Year in review | Colin Singer

From a stable year at the federal level to a tumultuous 365 days of scrapped applications and reversed program changes in Quebec, there has been plenty to talk about in Canada’s skilled worker immigration field during 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Ambiguity in stock options, restricted share unit plans: Latest from Court of Appeal Fractured Handshake

The Ontario Court of Appeal has again weighed in on the issue of entitlement to wrongful dismissal damages for loss of stock options and restricted share units (RSUs). ... [read more]