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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Ontario exotic dancers deserve right to twerk | Sean O’Donnell

Work Safe Twerk Safe (WSTS) is a Toronto-based, peer-to-peer advocacy group that represents the interests of strippers throughout Ontario and strives to protect the dignity, safety, livelihood and autonomy of strippers in the province. On Oct. 26, 2020, WSTS brought an application for judicial review in response to Ontario’s decision to enact legislation closing strip clubs in September and October due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Bill 41 introduced as Alberta considers new auto insurance regime Car with insurance form

Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act, 2020, was introduced by the Alberta government on Oct. 29 to bring reforms to the auto insurance industry in the province. The proposed changes are being presented to Albertans as a way to contain costs, stabilize premiums and increase medical benefits. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Mixed reaction as Alberta government panel recommends pure no-fault auto insurance Maia Tomljanovic, Cuming & Gillespie

A government-appointed panel is recommending Alberta implement a pure no-fault automobile insurance system, but the province is promising to consult with the public on what it characterizes as a transformational change. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

‘Family’ matters for personal injury claims Silhouette of family

While each of us defines family in our way, Canadian law does not provide the same flexibility. Specific statutes impose limits on the scope of family composition for our justice system. Fortunately, the Family Law Act (FLA) provides an avenue for specific family members to claim against a negligent party for the losses they experienced due to their loved one’s injury. This article will outline who can claim under the FLA and what kind of compensation they may receive. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 6:04 AM

TYPES OF DAMAGES - Emotional and mental distress - Loss of opportunity - Exemplary or punitive damages

Appeal by the defendant from the damages awarded to the respondent for defamation and the costs award. The summary trial on quantum proceeded entirely on affidavits. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Bill 218: The death of memory | Marvin Zuker

It was on or about May 20 that the Canadian Armed Forces submitted what has to be described as a whistleblower report to the federal government as to the conditions of the long-term care homes in Ontario. In part, this report detailed cases where residents had not been fed or bathed and many were literally crying out for help. Cockroach infestation, terrible hygiene, residents being force-fed, people being left in their own feces for hours and days. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 6:15 AM

LIABILITIES OF MUNICIPALITY - Occupiers’ liability - Duty of care 

Appeal by the defendant, the City of Toronto, from a trial judgment finding it liable to the plaintiff, Becker, under the Occupiers’ Liability Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]