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Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 10:45 AM

Mollusk in a bottle: Paisley snail takes centre stage PaisleySnail

In part one of this article, I wrote about how inspiring the case of M’Alister (or Donoghue) v. Stevenson has been for generations.I also really wanted to look at the case from an animal law lens. I asked my learned friends what they thought about the ginger-soaked snail in Donoghue. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Reducing elder abuse among lonely widowed clients Line drawing of little old lady

In A Biography of Loneliness, published in 2019, author Fay Bound Alberti observed that the loneliness of bereavement is “a great leveller of experience; there is a depth of social and familial isolation linked to widow(er)hood, whether one is princess or pauper.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

Four paths to more effective mediations | Rafeena Bacchus

The writer Don Miguel Ruiz has a medical degree and was a practising neurosurgeon when a car crash changed the course of his life. He became interested in a greater moral understanding, studied his ancestor’s traditions and became a shaman. His book, The Four Agreements, espouses the Toltec way, which is based on Mesoamerican wisdom. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 10:46 AM

Consistency in communications: Cross your heart and hope to fly Russian dancer

Businesses and service providers usually display statements about service excellence on their sites. Think of companies that sell sports gear, electronics, or barbecues, and of professionals like accountants, lawyers, and HR consultants. They all “offer consistent quality,” “stand behind their product,” “want to understand the client,” “tailor services to each customer’s needs,” and “act as a partner in the client’s success.” Typical values are consistency, accountability, honesty, integrity, and respect. So far so good. However, the reality may be quite different. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Why law firms should invest in their lawyers’ health | Rob De Toni

The time for change in the legal industry is now. No longer can law firms ask their lawyers to come to work, put their heads down and pump out huge billable hours just because that’s what the partners did and are still doing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 6:13 AM


Appeal by the insured from an order appointing a representative for the purpose of mandatory dispute resolution with the respondent insurer. In 2016, a tree fell on the appellants’ property during a windstorm and caused significant damage to their home. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 1:19 PM

Ginger beer, Paisley snails, neighbours PaisleySnail

Do manufacturers of gingery beverages or other consumables have a legal duty of care to their ultimate consumers? Yes. Manufacturers have a duty of care to the ultimate consumer of their products thanks to an unwanted snail who unexpectedly turned up in bottle of ginger beer in Scotland. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 8:47 AM

Limitation period at heart of homeowners’ insurance dispute Lynda Troup, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Homeowners who turn to the courts to resolve unsettled claims with their insurer must be mindful to file an action before the end of any stipulated limitation period, says a lawyer involved in a dispute between an insurance company and a couple whose house caught fire. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 3:50 PM

Three new associates for Harper Grey in Vancouver

Harper Grey announced the continued growth of the firm by welcoming three of its 2020-2021 articling students as associates — Karina Alibhai, Morgan Barber and Aman Taggar. Each completed her articles with the Vancouver firm and was recently called to the B.C. bar. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 12:50 PM

Pizza delivery bars claim for indemnity under insurance policy Pizza delivery man beside car with open trunk

Over the course of the pandemic people may have started to use their homes or vehicles for business purposes to supplement their income. In such cases they would be well advised to review the terms of their automobile and/or property insurance policies to assess the potential ramifications on coverage. ... [read more]