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Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Streamlining process for review of temporary orders Family law icon

Just over a year ago a very experienced panel of justices of the Ontario Divisional Court released a decision on a motion for leave to appeal. As noted by the court, the usual practice on such motions now “heard” on a written record alone, is to either grant or dismiss the motion without reasons. This is consistent with the practice of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

Pregnancy discrimination: 10 ways we can do better Happypregnantwomanatdesk

Most Canadian employers, including law firms, intend to follow the law with respect to accommodating an employee’s leave after giving birth to a child. However, many employers within the legal industry fall short on their promises. As an employment lawyer and new mom, I hear too many stories from my female colleagues of pregnancy leaves gone wrong, and I want to help employers do better. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Express Entry 2020: Record-breaking year despite COVID | Colin Singer

The Canada Express Entry system enjoyed a record year in 2020, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 5:04 PM

Numerous exceptions detailed in Ontario stay-at-home order, as province issues eviction ban

Ontario’s freshly minted stay-at-home order lists more than 20 reasons why residents of the province may leave their homes. Officially approved and ordered at 5:56 p.m. on Jan. 13, Ontario regulation 11/21, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 14. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 11:29 AM

More on estate planning and preserving family wealth via corporation Businesswoman and man standing on money bags

As discussed in the first part of this article, an estate freeze is a powerful vehicle for transferring assets to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner. While the tax law aspects may be favourable, there are other potential pitfalls. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

B.C.’s child protection legislation needs an update, says legal institute Kevin Zakreski, B.C. Law Institute

A law reform institute in British Columbia is calling for changes to provincial legislation on child protection, saying it needs to be updated to not only to remove outdated provisions and concepts but also better reflect change in family law practice which has developed in the two decades since the legislation came into force. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

Parental alienation: Obtaining recourse in court Child walking away with adult

Parental alienation is a most insidious form of child abuse, a phenomenon that leaves children scarred and innocent parents victimized. If and when the child is returned, the healing process begins, though often the damage is difficult to repair and the financial and emotional wear and tear is immeasurable. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 8:39 AM

Five join Torkin Manes partnership

Torkin Manes announced that five of its lawyers have been admitted to the partnership, Christina Ashbourne, Hunter Forman, Daniel Katzin, Kayla Kwinter and Adrian Myers.  ... [read more]