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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

Steroids and their impact on parenting issues Syringe w vials

Anabolic steroids and their derivatives fall under Schedule IV, s. 23 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Interestingly, this form of steroid, for which there is little legitimate medical use, is more ubiquitous than one would think. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Divorce lawyers scrambling to make sense of cannabis being legal: Questions remain Forms of cannabis

In a recent case, I represented the father of a young child where the mother alleged that the father was addicted to cannabis and that his use of cannabis placed the child at risk if left in his care. The mother provided voluminous materials to the Children’s Aid Society to investigate the father’s use of cannabis. She also hoped to engage the jurisdiction of the Children’s Aid Society to intervene and limit the father’s contact with the child. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 8:45 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Maximum contact principle

Appeal by the father from a joint custody order providing for primary residence and specified access. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Sole practitioner retained by OCL not a dependent contractor, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) determining that a sole practitioner, who provided legal services to the office, was not a dependent contractor. In Thurston v. Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) 2019 ONCA 640 the court heard that the respondent, Barbara Thurston, provided legal services to the OCL over a 13-year period. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Recreational and farm property

Appeal by the wife from a trial decision respecting mobility, spousal support and division of property. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 2:26 PM

Remedies to address abuse, negligence allegations in care homes Elderly man facing window

Over the past decade the number of injuries sustained by elderly residents in long-term care homes in Ontario has increased dramatically; so much so the province’s ombudsman launched a systematic investigation into this issue in 2010. A legislative overhaul of care homes in the province was made shortly thereafter. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 6:28 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Courts - Pleadings

Appeal by the father from two separate rulings in a family law matter. The parties were the parents of a child, age ten, who had resided primarily with the mother since birth. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

Divorce lawyers scrambling to make sense of cannabis being legal Cannabis bottles

Despite all of the press coverage surrounding the legalization of cannabis and the rights of Canadians to eat cannabis edibles, smoke cannabis and use products containing cannabinoids, there has been little discussion on how this impacts families, especially divorcing families. This has caused many divorce lawyers to try to develop a better understanding of the interface between the consumption of cannabis and the rights of separating parents to their children. ... [read more]