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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:50 AM

Responding to improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

Recently, we published a piece about common COVID-19 scams and how to reduce one’s risk of being a victim of fraudsters. In the below article, we list and describe some other scams. We also provide useful advice about how to combat fraud. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Gavel game: Small but real differences between Canadian, U.S. legal systems Gavel on red law book

We call it the “Gavel Game.” Try this at home, or wherever else COVID-19 allows you to roam with others. Ask any Canadian whether they believe our judges use gavels in their courtrooms. Litigators know that the answer is no, but almost everyone else will get it wrong, including non-litigator lawyers (as we learned when we recently gavel gamed a veteran Toronto securities lawyer). ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:05 AM

Artificial intelligence in hiring process Robot and man in suit shaking hands

 You can’t be objective when interviewing a job candidate and the voice in your head is saying ... ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

The value of mediating renovation disputes Renovator holding a work estimate

Since the announcement of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, the number of home renovation projects has seen a sharp incline. According to HomeStars 2020 Reno Report, a staggering 80 per cent of homeowners surveyed, moved forward with, or planned their home renovation project. ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 8:51 AM

Your client’s web domains: The mysteries of hosting Shopping cart full of web domains

Part two in this series covered the financial and brand value of web domains, the purpose of web domains and domain registration. This, the third in a four-part series, covers web domain hosting, the geographic location of registrars and hosting companies and who in the client’s sphere is in control of the domains, particularly in the case of charitable and non-profit organizations. ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Key Appeal Court pay equity decision could place strain on not-for-profits, says lawyer Cheryl Wiles Pooran, partner, PooranLaw, Toronto

Vavilov has spelled victory in two significant Ontario Court of Appeal pay equity decisions involving thousands of Ontario women working in female-dominated for-profit nursing homes. But the March 9 split decisions by the Ontario Court of Appeal could have “dire consequences” for not-for-profit, government-funded agencies, warns one employment lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Swearing in court: The upside | Marcel Strigberger

Here’s why you should swear at work, according to science. And here’s an Ontario judge who recently did just this. More about that to follow. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Rights and obligations: Health and safety of foreign workers Suitcase with mask and hand sanitizer

The importance of permanent immigration to Canada’s prosperity is well understood. What is less well known is the critical role that temporary foreign workers play in Canada’s economic prosperity. For example, in 2019 alone, almost 500,000 foreign nationals were issued a work permit. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

New, improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes, it, unfortunately, has not changed some things. One such thing is the presence of fraud and scams. Fraudsters and scam artists do not take a vacation during economic downturns. They actually become more active. Since March 2020, there have been more than 10,000 Canadian reports of fraud and Canadians have lost $7 million to fraud. Some scam artists have “cashed in” on COVID-19 and created scams specific to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Power of pixie dust: Accessing justice one year later | Bo Kruk

Just over a year ago, the world fundamentally changed. Overnight, bustling downtowns resembled scenes from films like 28 Days Later. Schools closed as learning shifted online, working from home became commonplace, and the courts restricted matters to only those that were urgent. Gradually, we started to adapt to this new reality and its increased digital presence. These adjustments have spurred positive changes while others have created new challenges. Throughout this shift in our collective lifestyles, the wheels of the legal machine never stopped. ... [read more]