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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Links between COVID-19, divorce Man and woman facing opposite directions

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people’s everyday lives. People can no longer meet up with members outside their household, go to clothing stores or eat in restaurants. Some of the pandemic’s effects on people’s day-to-day lives are less obvious though. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s marriages. More specifically, the pandemic has led to an increased interest in divorce. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Work that works: Difficulties new calls face when starting out | Charlene Theodore

You have your law degree … now what? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 2:56 PM

Ontario Appeal Court stresses need for impartiality of expert evidence Gavin MacKenzie, MacKenzie Barristers

A recent Ontario court decision involving a medical negligence claim emphasizes the need for expert witnesses to remain impartial and independent when giving evidence, says a lawyer. The April 26 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in Parliament (Litigation guardian of) v. Conley 2021 ONCA 261 involves a mother and father suing two doctors for allegedly mishandling their son’s childhood diagnosis of hydrocephalus — a condition causing an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

New associate for Dutton Brock

Dutton Brock LLP welcomed Gurpreet Farmaha to the Toronto insurance litigation firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

COVID-19 related class action fails, a first in Quebec Karine Chênevert, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

A consumer class action arising from the COVID-19 pandemic against a popular ski hill operator was refused certification, the first in Quebec, after Quebec Superior Court found that the application lacked an arguable cause of action. In a decision that is in line with recent class action case law, the ruling underlines that COVID-19 class actions cannot simply allege a breach of contract and expect to be certified; reiterates that class actions even in light of the pandemic nevertheless have to meet the relatively low burden of demonstration; and highlights the importance of the defence bar to adduce relevant evidence, according to class action experts. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Windows 2021: A divorce odyssey | Marcel Strigberger

As the Beatles song goes, “money can’t buy me love.” Bill and Melinda Gates have somewhat validated this thesis announcing their divorce intentions of ending a 27-year marriage. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Why online interaction’s better than you think Five people in zoom meeting

Even before the pandemic hit, the discussion around the pros and cons of flex work and working from home (WFH) or working from anywhere (WFA) raged. In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, then the new head of Yahoo, decided to summon all remote employees back to the office. Her goal was to create a more connected workforce and drive collaboration and innovation: “We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together.” ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 11:23 AM

Untangling roots of tree ownership Aerial View of Trees

Trees are large, prominent parts of both residential and commercial properties, and if they don’t look good, nothing else will. This means ensuring that property owners leave no leaf unturned when understanding the responsibilities of having a trees on their land and properly maintaining them. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 6:34 AM

PROPERTY INSURANCE - Household or homeowner’s policies

Appeal by the insurer from a decision that found the respondent’s claim for property damage was covered by her home insurance policy with the appellant. Heavy rainfall caused damage to the respondent’s backyard. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]