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Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

It’s time female lawyers stopped apologizing for having kids | Alison Burrison

A few weekends ago, I was at an appliance store and overheard a young female designer speaking to her client about her home. The designer had her 10 month old baby with her. She started the conversation with “I want to apologize again for bringing my daughter today; I know it’s so unprofessional but my sitter cancelled and I didn’t want to cancel because this is an important part of your renovation.” I began to think about the legal profession and how many times I have heard female lawyers (myself included) apologize to other lawyers about their family obligations as they rushed into discovery late or had to leave early from mediation. I realized after some research on the web, that we as female lawyers are not alone. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY - Employer obligations - Safety of workplace - Legislation - Interpretation - Liability - Of employer - Safety equipment and apparel - Offences and enforcement

Appeal by the Ministry of Labour from an Ontario Court of Justice decision upholding an acquittal for Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) offences. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

Civil juries: Gambling in a new age | Patrick Brown

What happens at the end of a jury case would not matter so much if we ensured that jurors were screened for bias at the beginning. Unfortunately in Ontario and other Canadian jurisdictions we have no real mechanism to do that. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

The past year saw significant insurance cases, and 2018 promises the same

Changes to Canada's marijuana laws and self-driving cars are just two of the issues to watch as the year unfolds, making it vital for the insurance industry, and the laws governing the industry, to keep pace. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Kernicterus: A rare, preventable but potentially devastating complication red_bloodcells_sm

The recent court case, Ghiassi (Litigation guardian of) v. Singh 2017 ONSC 6541 focused on a rare, but serious complication of newborn jaundice; kernicterus. This case involved a preterm, male infant of East Indian descent who developed kernicterus in the hospital setting. The nurses were deemed liable for damages for failing to recognize and report signs of worsening jaundice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Civil juries, the high-tech world and the presumption of impartiality | Patrick Brown

The right to a jury is a substantial right but not an absolute one. Many jurisdictions have abolished the civil jury trials altogether. Part of the difficulty is that it is far too costly to ensure jurors are impartial and not accessing information outside the courtroom. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

New associates at Vancouver’s Richards Buell Sutton

Richards Buell Sutton has hired two new associates.  ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

#MeToo: The importance of increased non-pecuniary damages for sexual abuse | Sandra Kovacs

Most personal injury lawyers’ practices consist of actions seeking damages for injury arising from a fortuitous event, such as a motor vehicle accident. Fewer personal injury lawyers, myself included, are advocates for injury victims of an even more vulnerable kind: those who have suffered harm from an intentional act of sexual violence or exploitation. This area of practice is an important one, particularly since society at large is (finally) acknowledging the harm that sexual violence, harassment and exploitation causes to vulnerable persons, especially women, evidenced by the recent trend of the “#MeToo” movement following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Six Stewart McKelvey associates named partner

Stewart McKelvey is starting off the new year by adding six new partners in three of its Atlantic Canada offices. All were associates at the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

The laws of traction: Athletic footwear and risk of injury football_cleats_sm

The morning after the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders for the 2017 Grey Cup, the CFL published an article titled “Shoe change helps Argos ‘sneak’ up on Stamps,” highlighting the impact a change in footwear had on the Argos’ play. This may have left fans wondering: if the Argos had cleats with better traction, why wouldn’t they always wear them? ... [read more]