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Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 1:16 PM

Can a sugar daddy avoid spousal support? Paper cutout family with scissors

In today’s article, I will discuss an interesting case law dealing with the definition of a spouse under the Family Law Act — Jackson v. Moore 2019 ONSC 6477. In this case, the parties were never married. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 9:48 AM

How wide is your community? | Wes Thiessen

The physical distance and living arrangements with others in any culture can be characterized on a continuum, with the two opposing ends labeled as “Communitarian” and “Individualist.” If you deal with clients who come from another culture, being aware of this mode of culture can be useful in better understanding your clients. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for larger firms part two | Gary Mitchell

If you follow my column, then you know what I consider to be the first steps in succession planning for larger firms. In this, part two of a two-part series, I will go over the following: 1. Qualities of your next leader. 2. Where do you find them? 3. Coaching and mentoring. 4. Transition. 5. The exit. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 11:31 AM

The newly proclaimed Clare’s Law in Alberta Woman talking to police officer

On April 1, 2021, Alberta followed the lead of Saskatchewan in proclaiming “Clare’s Law.” Only the second province to proclaim the legislation, Clare’s Law aims to prevent domestic violence by giving the victims or potential victims of violence in an intimate partner relationship access to information about the history of a partner’s violence or abuse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 7:55 AM

Ontario Human Rights Commission celebrates 60th anniversary Ena Chadha, chief commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ontario is honouring its human rights heroes past, present and future as the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) celebrates its 60th anniversary and prepares to mark six decades since the passage of the province’s Human Rights Code in June of next year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 4:58 PM

Three judges appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Three judges were appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on April 6. Two of those appointments fill new positions on the province’s Unified Family Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

In defence of for-profit nursing homes | Heather Campbell Pope

Eight years ago, at age 71, Jane Devji climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her sons to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. It was her third ascent up Africa’s highest mountain, having first made the trek decades earlier in her 20s, and then for a second time at age 67, also in support of the Vancouver-based dementia charity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 10:18 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 11:18 AM

Appeal Court considers stay of custody order in the face of forged evidence Pens on paper agreement

Many family law attorneys enjoy their practices, despite the rigours of high-conflict litigation and often, never-a-dull-moment narratives, but Ontario counsel surely just survived the emotional wear and tear inflicted by a mother in a recent Ontario case. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 9:34 AM

RCMP gets green light to act on domestic violence disclosure law Jo-Anne Dusel,  executive director of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan.

The RCMP is now able to participate in legislation currently enabling police in two provinces to disclose a person’s prior instances of intimate partner violence to someone they feel may be at risk. According to a March 31 federal government news release, “extensive work” has been done between Ottawa and the Mounties when it comes to the force’s participation in Clare’s Law, which came into force in Saskatchewan last June and will do the same in Alberta on April 1. ... [read more]