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Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

To curb gun violence in Toronto, we need to stop flow of illegal weapons Pistolblood

When hosting a barbecue in your own backyard, taking your children to the playground or going out to dinner with friends and family on a summer evening can get you wounded or killed, we have a serious problem with guns and gun violence. The availability of guns coupled with random shootings in our neighbourhoods has undermined the safety and security of Torontonians. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 11:46 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 3:07 PM

Automobile insurance changes need significant revamp: B.C. trial lawyers John Rice, secretary/treasurer, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

The organization representing trial lawyers in British Columbia has added its voice to the groups urging the provincial government to alter its controversial changes to automobile insurance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 8:29 AM

LIABILITIES OF MUNICIPALITY - Occupiers’ liability - Safety

Action by the plaintiff, Kyle McAllister, for a finding of liability by the defendant, City of Calgary, for injuries suffered in an assault in a Plus 15 connecting a parkade to a light rail transit (LRT) station. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

Advising family law litigators, protectors and clients on domestic violence issues Family violence

Self-esteem and domestic violence oftentimes go hand in hand when a client sees a family law lawyer. The question is, how often do we, as practitioners, notice this connection? How long has the abuse gone on? Who did the client tell? Why didn’t the client let anyone know when it all started? Sometimes the answers reveal much more about the victim rather than the abuser. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

New federal regulations to make seatbelts mandatory on highway buses Dale Orlando, McLeish Orlando LLP

Buckling up when sitting in a car has become an automatic reaction for many over the past 50 years, ever since Ralph Nader released his classic treatise Unsafe at Any Speed. And now, Transport Canada is requiring seatbelts to be installed on highway buses manufactured after Sept. 1, 2020. “We've all heard the message to buckle up over the years, and I think it's time we brought this approach to highway buses too,” said federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “By having seatbelts on highway buses, we can help reduce injuries in severe collisions, such as rollovers, and improve safety for everyone.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Court confirms standard of care of occupier under s. 3 of Occupiers’ Liability Act wintercarnival_sm.jpg

Municipalities and cities often host events to bring their citizens together to create a sense of community and spirit amongst its residents. Whether it be through fairs, sport, cultural events or seasonal festivals, a function of government is to engage with its citizenry outside of the mundane roles of law and order and tax collector. However, when undertaking such community based programs, a municipality’s exposure to liability becomes more prevalent. Recently, the Ontario courts had an opportunity to consider the potential liability of a municipally in such a circumstance. ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

The bike helmet: A life saver with limitations bikehelmetstory_sm.jpg

Bicycle helmets save lives. They protect the head and brain during bicycle crashes where the cyclist’s head strikes the ground, a vehicle, or some other roadside object. But bicycle helmets are not perfect: there are times when even a properly worn helmet does not prevent a head injury. ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Lawyer hopeful recommendations will improve Saskatchewan’s coroner’s office Aaron_Fox_sm

A prominent Saskatchewan lawyer is lauding a call for more money and additional staff to speed up that province’s sluggish coroner’s office. Lawyer Aaron Fox is hoping recommendations in former police chief Clive Weighill’s external review of Saskatchewan’s Office of the Chief Coroner ­— if put into action — will help lawyers and their clients get timelier cause-of-death information. Weighill’s report, commissioned by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice last year and released June 20, makes 44 recommendations for a system criticized as lacking depth, thoroughness and speed. ... [read more]

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Common social media traps for law firms | Kim McLaughlin

I often hear the refrain “social media doesn’t work for lawyers” or “we tried it in 2016 and it didn’t do anything for us.” Law firms often have a tough time with social media, and it comes down to four common traps that lead to underwhelming results. Here they are. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Why Saskatchewan hockey crash case could be bellwether saskmap_sm.jpg

The tragic crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is something that touched the national subconscious. Given the profile of this crash, it is not at all surprising that police took significant time and care to conduct their investigation. Driving charges cover a spectrum from regulatory offences to criminal matters. There is no bright shining line between offences and they overlap. For the criminal charge of dangerous driving, the test to be considered is whether the driver was operating a motor vehicle in a manner which was a “marked departure from the norm.” ... [read more]