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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 8:43 AM

Duty to defend in Quebec: New regulation proposing framework for derogations to Civil Code Fancy pen writing

On April 20, the Quebec government published the long-awaited Regulation entitled Regulation respecting categories of insurance contracts and insured parties that may derogate from the rules of articles 2500 and 2503 of the Civil Code. ... [read more]

Monday, May 09, 2022 @ 11:43 AM

Lavery adds two lawyers to litigation, dispute resolution group

Lavery Lawyers announced that associates Catherine Cloutier and Eve-Lyne Morin are joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group. ... [read more]

Friday, May 06, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

House for sale: Maritime knocker-downer sells within day of listing | Marcel Strigberger

A half-duplex near Halifax labelled as a “smoker’s paradise” sold within a day of its listing despite the owners outlining a host of problems with the unit. The real estate agent says a mix of humour and unfiltered honesty was meant to attract an audience, and it succeeded. ... [read more]

Friday, May 06, 2022 @ 2:28 PM

Ontario has many Supreme Court-worthy jurists but top-notch bilingual woman may have inside track Judges photo

More than a handful of outstanding lawyers and judges could potentially fill the Supreme Court of Canada’s impending Ontario vacancy — including racialized and Indigenous jurists — but the signals from the Liberal government suggest the preferred appointee will be a bilingual woman this time around. ... [read more]

Friday, May 06, 2022 @ 11:38 AM

Office party please? Office party

It has been two long COVID years, and everyone is yearning for a good party … at work. Suppose they are back in the office, that is. Should the employers embrace luring everyone, willing or not, back to the office with a promise of a “thirsty” Thursday or a good old party on a Friday night? Who wants to be “alive” after 5? ... [read more]

Thursday, May 05, 2022 @ 2:24 PM

Chief justice fights stigma, gladiator myth in paper urging ‘top down’ approach to mental health Chief Justice of Ontario, George Strathy

Smashing the gladiator myth and calling for the profession to change its approach to mental health, the chief justice of Ontario has released a paper stressing a “top down” approach is needed from “leaders of law firms and by leaders of the bar” to drive transformation in this area. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Why Ontario government should update accident benefit schedule in light of COVID-19 car accident

With mass unemployment resulting from COVID-19 lockdowns, the Canadian government implemented the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). Both were much-needed lifelines for many Canadians, providing significant economic support for Canadians who met the eligibility criteria. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 @ 10:23 AM

Mentors in the legal profession | Gary Joseph

For the most part change is a good thing. More specifically and germane to this piece, changes in the practice of law since I was called appear to me to be mostly positive, but I still regret some. I try to so hard to avoid sounding like some old dinosaur lamenting the old ways of practice but sometimes I just can’t help it. I am what I am, and I say what I think. So here goes. ... ... [read more]

Monday, May 02, 2022 @ 8:52 AM

The Coach: Most lawyers not suited to business of law | Gary Mitchell

Over the past 16 years, I have witnessed and observed the common personality traits and habits of lawyers. Of course, these are not just lawyer traits, these are human traits. But for some reason(s), which I will offer my hypothesis later in this article, these traits are heightened in most lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, April 29, 2022 @ 3:01 PM

Road trip to danger: Parental negligence and its consequences Motorcycle

Motor vehicle accidents are nothing new. Where there are vehicles, accidents will follow. But what happens when a young child is placed on a jerry-rigged car seat made of Styrofoam and suction cups is connected to his father’s motorcycle, which crashes while both are riding? You would be faced with the facts in the sad case of Edmondson v. Edmondson 2022 NBCA 4, a primer on parental negligence in the context of a motor vehicle accident. ... [read more]