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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Google brings you 100,000 answers; librarians bring you the right one | Ciara Ward

I would hope that most people realize by now that libraries are more than books. As author Neil Gaiman observes, “If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated … that is to miss the point fundamentally. I think it has to do with nature of information. Information has value, and the right information has enormous value.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

The demise of oral advocacy? | Gary Joseph

This week I had the privilege of arguing two difficult appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal. I am a perfectionist and my own biggest critic, so later while reflecting on my advocacy this week, I had time to pause and think about how I got to this point in my career. More specifically how whatever skills I do possess as an advocate, came to be. Two immediate thoughts came to mind, watching and doing. Having a great interest in the development of young advocates, I then reflected on what opportunities I had that perhaps they do not and will not have to develop their skills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Bullying doesn’t start with the bully | Andrew Rogerson

Over the past several years, we have seen an influx of young people and their parents reaching out for help against bullying. It is distressing to meet parents who feel powerless in protecting their children against bullying and who are turning to legal action as a last resort. There is a common link amongst many of these families — private and independent schools. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 10:18 AM

Ontario family justice in ‘lockdown’ Books, Blind Justice and COVID-19 virus

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the family justice system into “lockdown.” Courthouses were closed, along with in-court services such as Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) and duty counsel. Courts initially heard only “urgent” matters, and a “triage” system was developed to determine which cases met the threshold for a hearing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Resulting trusts can cause more estate problems than they solve Taxes and inheritance

When clients decide to leave money to their children on their death, they generally want to do so in the simplest and easiest way. Anything that gets the inheritance into their children’s hands as quickly as possible, and with the smallest tax hit, is almost always the preferable way. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4:48 PM

Federal budget about finishing fight against COVID-19: Freeland Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal Liberal government has released its first budget in more than two years, with a fiscal plan aimed at jobs and growth as Canada begins the long process of healing from the wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 10:55 AM

Potential conflict of child vaccination during COVID Silhouette of woman about to give child a needle

When it comes to separated parents undergoing divorce, the existing points of contention are usually numerous. And with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as vaccine rollouts already underway across Canada, the decision on whether to vaccinate their child against the virus may become the next item on an already-long list. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Family resemblance: Piercing corporate veil in family, corporate law Magnifying glass and corporate files

Spouses can be shareholders, directors, officers and employees in family-run businesses. When a marriage breaks down and corporations are involved, both family law and corporate law can be engaged in sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting ways. This is particularly the case with piercing the corporate veil. Parties and counsel involved in these situations should keep both family and corporate law perspectives in mind, or risk being surprised by the approach the court can take. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

How wide is your community: Practical application for lawyers | Wes Thiessen

In part one, I discussed aspects of the continuum of community, a spectrum on which “Communitarian” ways of living lies at one end and “Individualist” ways of living lies at the other. Along with several other axes of cultural characteristics researched by sociologists, this locus of space between you and others helps define different cultures. Part two describes how knowledge of this continuum can be applied by lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Big changes for small estates Jar of pennies

On April 1, 2021, the estates law changes from the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act came into effect in Ontario. The result of the bill raised the limit for a small estate to $150,000 and introduced Rule 74.1 in the Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to the administration of small estates. ... [read more]