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Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Problem with Ontario courts: A report from the trenches manwithpilepapers

Ontario’s court system is a behemoth of bureaucracy. When functioning properly, bureaucracy can be beneficial. The criminal justice system requires meticulous record-keeping to operate. Procedures act as safety valves to protect the public. Even sceptics of deterrence’s effectiveness accept that the overall system deters crime. Being dragged into the system provides a deterring effect in the same way that one wants to avoid a vehicle collision to avoid insurance paperwork. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 11:09 AM

Misrepresentation of terrorist activity voids life insurance coverage, court finds Man crossing fingers behind back

Ontario’s appellate court has provided further clarity on the scope of an insured’s duty to make full disclosure of all material facts. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 8:50 AM

Hydroxychloroquine and the Hippocratic oath hcqs_capsule_sm

The quote is so popular that most people have heard it: primium non nocere, or “first, do no harm.” This abstentionist principle, more often referred to as the Hippocratic Oath, has almost entirely encapsulated the essence of medical ethics since its first formulation in 410 BC. Today, its wisdom resonates as much in medical research ethics committees as in Quebec’s Code of Ethics of Physicians, where ss. 47 and 48 directly draw this age-old principle into substantive law: ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

Quebec landlord-tenant considerations during COVID-19 signingrental documents

Parts one and two of this three-part series examined a few of the questions to ask in determining how a superior force event can affect landlord-tenant relationships in Quebec. Other questions naturally ensue. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

The calm before the storm: Business interruption insurance litigation Businessmen fighting COVID-19

As the economic fallout of COVID-19 grows, businesses are scrambling for relief from government ordered closures and other pandemic-related losses. In addition to government aid programs that are being rolled out, businesses across Canada and the United States are looking to their commercial insurance policies to understand if there is coverage for pandemic-related business interruption. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

THE INSURANCE CONTRACT - Coverage provisions and exclusion clauses

Appeal by the insurer from summary judgment finding that it was liable under a commercial general liability insurance policy issued to the respondent. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 2:20 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal rules multiple insurers must pay to defend in case of hockey fan’s injury David_Boghosian

Ontario’s highest court has ruled both the insurer for the City of Markham and the insurer for Hockey Canada are responsible to pay legal costs for defending the city in a case arising from an injury at a Markham Waxers hockey game in 2015. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Lawyers must remain essential service as long as reasonably possible | Arthur Zeilikman

It would be a serious undertaking to tally all of the clichés and negative stereotypes that exist about lawyers and their seeming dispensability within society. Shakespeare’s oft-quoted line from Henry VI — "The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” — usually comes to mind as the most infamous and callous of such satirical jabs. Whatever the true intent behind the incitement, one thing is clear: the question of a lawyer’s utility always makes for a lively conversation.     ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]