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Title : Employment Law Webinar Date : January 21, 2021, at 12:00 p.m Description : Walker Law will host its first webinar in 2021 on employment law.
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In the recent case, Attzs v Saputo Dairy Products Canada, 2020 ONSC 5512, the Court shed further light on the standard that an employer must meet in order to justify a termination for cause, which means a justifiable reason for terminating the employee. The consequences to an employer for terminating an employee for a justified...
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Title: United Nations, International Women’s Day Speech, Tanya Walker Date: 04.04.2012 Descriptions Tanya presented to the United Nations, Women’s Federation for World Peace, Toronto Chapter, at the Holiday Inn. The theme was “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.
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Title: Tanya Walker 2013 Young Entrepreneur Award Date: 28.04.2013
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Title: National Bar Association Convention- International Franchising Presentation Date: 2015
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Title: Acceptance speech at the CABL Gala Date: October 16, 2015
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Title: Ontario Bar Association – Co-Presenting on Solicitors Liens with Peter Carey Date: March 1, 2016
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Title: CTV Your Morning on Monday December 12, 2016 Date: 12.12.2016 Descriptions: Discussion about proposed automatic organ donation in Saskatchewan
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Title: What goes into classifying a crime as a hate crime? | CTV Your Morning Date: 27.02.2017 Descriptions: What does it take for a crime to be considered a hate crime? Tanya Walker from Walker Law explains.
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Title: Two former religious leaders in B.C. have been found guilty of polygamy | CTV Your Morning Date: July 25, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appeared on CTV Your Morning to discuss anti-polygamist laws in Canada. Specifically, Winston Blackmore and James Oler were the first individuals convicted of practicing polygamy in Canada. Tanya speaks about the...
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Title: Amanda Lindhout kidnapping trial begins | CTV Your Morning Date: Descriptions:
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Title: Controversial former judge Robin Camp wants to practice law again | CTV Your Morning Date: Descriptions:
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Title: Dellen Millard’s Third Murder Trial | CTV Your Morning Date: Descriptions:
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Title: Liberals table bill to reform justice system | Your Morning Date: 02.04.2018 Descriptions:  Lawyer Tanya Walker joins us to discuss the bill’s potential implications on Canada’s criminal justice system.
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  Title: The Case Against an Ex-Nazi Translator | CTV Your Morning Date: Descriptions:   
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Title: Parents left scrambling as daycare announces closure | CityNews Date: Jun 26, 2018 Descriptions: Parents of some 70 children who attend a Junction area daycare have been left scrambling after receiving news that the facility will be closing in two months. After 30 years in business, Humberside Daycare is shutting down, leading to a...
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Title: Why the drowning of a student constitutes as criminal negligence | Your Morning Date: 27.07.2018 Descriptions: Our legal expert, Tanya Walker, joins us to explain when someone is liable or criminally responsible, and how this will impact field trips going forward.
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Title: How do you feel about marijuana legalization? | CBC Cross Country Checkup Date: Descriptions:  
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Title: Kevin Spacey Charged With Indecent Assault & Battery | CTV Your Morning Date: January 7, 2019 Descriptions: On January 7, 2019, Tanya Walker appeared on CTV Your Morning to discuss the arraignment of Kevin Spacey on a felony sexual assault charge in Massachusetts court. Kevin Spacey is charged for allegedly groping a New England...
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Title: CityNews – Discussion on hate crimes Date: March 9, 2019 Descriptions:
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Title : The assault case that rocked one of Toronto’s most prestigious schools is back in court Date : April 2019 Description : A total of 37 charges were laid against the teens.  
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Title: People are posing as fake lawyers and it’s a big problem | Your Morning Date: 29.11.2019 Descriptions: Take these important steps to be sure you have someone who is really in the business.
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Title: Ontario Government Proposes Change for Civil Jury Trials | CTV YourMorning Date: June 17, 2020 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appeared on CTV YourMorning to discuss the benefits and downsides to the Ontario government’s proposed change to eliminate jury trials for civil lawsuits.
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Title : Walker Law Webinar on Employment and Property Law Date : April 20, 2020 Description : This webinar will focus on three areas of law: employment, property law and lawsuits. Specifically, our discussion will include how COVID-19 has impacted employer/employee law, provide suggestions on how to deal with that impact, how COVID-19 may affect...
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Title : Webinar Law Property Law Webinar Part 2 Date : April 27, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker and Jordan Routliff from Walker Law presented the webinar, “Property Law Issues Stemming from COVID-19 and How to Protect Yourself in the Future.”
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Title : Walker Law Employment and Immigration Law Webinar Part 2 Date : May 8, 2020 Description : Walker Law, which specializes in civil litigation, and Rashid Urosevic LLP, a firm that specializes in employment law and immigration, held a joint webinar to answer your questions on the legal impact of COVID-19 on employment and...
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Title : Negotiating Contracts in the New Normal | BBPA Ask an Expert Series Date : June 10, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker presented on the impact of COVID-19 on negotiating strategies and some terms to consider including when negotiating a contract. Special thank you to the Black Business and Professional Association for facilitating this...
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Title : Walker Law Property Law Webinar Part 3 Date : May 21, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker and Jordan Routliff of Walker Law hosted a webinar to discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on property law issues. This one-hour webinar also provides an update on the governments’ response to COVID-19 and how the...
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Title : Negotiation Strategies, Building Relationships, and Important Contractual Concepts | WeConnect Date : May 21, 2020 Description : Whether you are aware of it or not, people create and engage in contracts every day. For example, when you walk into a coffee shop and purchase that first cup of coffee in the morning, you...
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Title : Walker Law Property Law Webinar Part 4 Date : June 24, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker and Jordan Routliff of Walker Law discussed the impact of COVID-19 on property law issues. This one hour webinar also provides an update on the governments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the courts are operating....
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Title : Walker Law Employment Law Webinar Part 4 Date : July 9, 2020 Description : Walker Law hosted a webinar to provide updates and answer your employment law related questions. During this webinar, Tanya Walker, Jordan Koenig, and Rishi Nagashar will answer questions and discuss the recent Uber case and what it means for...
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Title : Sotheby’s Webinar – Keeping Your Clients Out of the Courtroom Part 1 Date : July 13, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker participated as a panellist for a webinar presented by Sotheby’s International Realty to answer your real estate related questions. During this webinar, Tanya Walker will answer questions such as what happens to...
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Title : McMaster Webinar – Strategic Negotiation Practices in Uncertain Times Date : July 28, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker and Jordan Routliff of Walker Law participated in a webinar hosted in partnership with the DeGroote School of Business and the McMaster Alumni Association.
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Title : Walker Law Employment Law Webinar Part 5 Date : August 20, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker and Jordan Koenig of Walker Law hosted a webinar for a discussion on temporary layoffs and going back to work, important phrases in employment contracts, and how to boost employee morale.
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Title : COVID-19 Perspectives: New Legislation and Navigating Commercial Leases | Newmark Knight Frank Date : September 24, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker of Walker Law and Phil Taylor of Newmark Knight Frank hosted a webinar on commercial property. In this webinar, Tanya Walker and Phil Taylor discuss topics including COVID-19 lease cases; overholding; phrases...
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Title : Keeping Clients Out of the Courtroom: Answering Real Estate Law Questions Part II | Sotheby’s Date : October 5, 2020 Description : Sotheby’s International Realty Canada hosted a webinar featuring Kendra Connelly and Tanya Walker to discuss real estate topics including defects on title, active concealment, mixed-use properties, and more!
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Title : Walker Law Webinar: Answering Your Contract Litigation Questions Date : October 7, 2020 Description : Tanya Walker, Rishi Nageshar, and Jordan Routliff of Walker Law presented a webinar on contract law pandemic issues. This webinar features topics including obtaining judgment against someone, suing someone in another jurisdiction, protecting against force majeure, and more!
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Title : Employment Law Webinar Date : January 21, 2021, at 12:00 p.m Description : Walker Law will host its first webinar in 2021 on employment law.
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In the recent case, Kaminsky v Janston Financial Group, 2020 ONSC 5320, the plaintiff sued her former employer for wrongful dismissal after working for the defendant company for close to 18 years. Examinations were held out of court in order for each party to discover the other’s position on the lawsuit issues through questions. After...
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Ontario’s Provincial Government has recently proposed Bill 218, titled the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act (the “Bill”). If passed, the most significant effect that the Bill would have would be to drastically limit the potential liability that businesses, individuals and the government could face from lawsuits brought by people who were infected or exposed to COVID-19....
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to understand how you may end up in a contract litigation dispute and how to avoid these problems in the future. On October 7, 2020, Walker Law presented a webinar on contract law disputes, specifically to provide a synopsis of contract law cases applicable to...
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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reported that over 11,000 homes were sold in Toronto during the month of September. That’s 42.3 per cent more sales closing than last September 2019! As such, purchasers should be aware of their responsibility to discover defects in a property prior to signing the Agreement...
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employers need to keep in mind employee’s rights under the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) and the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) as both contain phrases that discipline employers who wrongfully terminate employees and/or discriminate against them based on a prohibited ground.
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In March 2020, the government established the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) in response to the pandemic. IDEL grants employees the right to take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are not performing their jobs due to a prescribed set of reasons related to COVID-19.
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Last Thursday, Tanya Walker and Jordan Koenig of Walker Law presented a webinar to provide updates on how the pandemic has impacted employment law. Just hours after the webinar, the Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough, made an important announcement regarding changes to Employment Insurance (“EI”) and the introduction...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty and has changed the way that we do business in the foreseeable future, especially when negotiating agreements. Many individuals feel the stress of negotiating during this time because of the uncertainty, a lack of alternatives, and general inequality in bargaining power. As a result, parties need to be cautious...
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In July 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal released two decisions that commercial landlords should be aware of as they impact notice requirements for breach of a lease and the consequences of a landlord for improperly terminating a lease.
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In recent months, we have witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic give rise to financial hardships and delays concerning real estate transactions. Specifically, two major issues may arise with regards to time is of the essence clauses and the pandemic. The first is where the financer or lender revokes its promise to provide funds to the purchaser...
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great deal of uncertainty and concern regarding the matter of safety in the workplace. In mid-March, Ontario declared a State of Emergency and all non-essential businesses within the province were ordered to close on March 24, 2020.
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On Friday, May 29, 2020, Ontario’s government issued Regulation, O.Reg 228/20, under the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). Its most significant effects have to do with the options that are available to employers with regard to terminating or laying off its employees due to COVID-19-related reductions in business and the rights of employees to sue for...
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The COVID-19 health pandemic has had a significant impact on all industries. However, there are a number of changes that are unique to the construction industry. On March 16, 2020, the Ontario government declared that all limitation periods for proceedings would be suspended.
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused devastation to the economies of countries around the world. The need for forced physical distancing, which is necessary to slow and eventually stop the spread of the disease, has led to many businesses and entire industry sectors to be shut down indefinitely.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has unleashed havoc in many industries as a result of forced business closures and social distancing orders. The government and court have provided some guidance on how COVID-19 will impact residential leases, but still, there has been a lot of uncertainty for residential landlords and tenants. This article will focus on why...
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the economy has been struggling to maintain the balance between the continued delivery of essential services and the need to promote physical distancing. Ontario’s court system has been trying to balance public health concerns with the need to continue promoting access to justice. In mid-March, 2020, with very few exceptions,...
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Much like the reception that greeted ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft when they first entered Toronto’s marketplace, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the short-term housing rental economy ever since apps like Airbnb gained popularity in the city. Supporters of Airbnb and other forms of short-term housing rentals argue that they...
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Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been concerned about the Novel Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause influenza-like symptoms in humans. An interesting characteristic of Coronaviruses is that they are “zoonotic”, meaning they can be transferred between humans and animals. In December of 2019, a number of cases of...
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In our December post, we provided information on laws that you may see in 2020. As we celebrate our 10th year, we’re detailing the ten laws that already have or will definitely change this year.
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2020 is likely to bring in some new laws and amendments that could affect everything from internships to a crackdown on parking spots and a possible reversal on pit bull ownership in Ontario.
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On October 23, 2019, the Ontario government confirmed that we would be seeing major changes to the Court rules coming this January 2020.
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Legally speaking, workers are generally classified into different categories. These classifications have very significant implications on a number of rights that workers are entitled to.
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The federal government recently implemented a number of changes to the Canada Labour Code which largely favours federal employees in certain industries such as banks, fisheries, telecommunications, and interprovincial transportation companies.
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The Pattersons hired “Joe Inc.”, a general contractor, to renovate their ground floor bathroom, kitchen, and front entranceway. As the project progressed, the Pattersons noticed a number of defects in the general contractor’s work. However, when they complained, nothing was done to resolve the problems.
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As a result of the large number of new housing and condominium projects, many Ontarions are taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase a newly-built home.
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If you are undergoing home renovations with a contractor or you are a contractor, you should note that effective October 1, 2019, several provisions under the construction law which is called the Construction Act (the “Act”) will come into force and will fundamentally change how contractors request payment from property owners.
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Many people are surprised at the conclusion of their lawsuit when they receive a bill from their lawyer that is much higher than they expected. If you receive a bill from your lawyer that you believe is unfair, there is a process in place to address your concerns called an assessment hearing.
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In February 2019, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion published a report addressing the important role senior management and leaders play in promoting diversity and inclusion.
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When many people start a lawsuit, the end goal is getting to trial and obtaining a judgment against the other party. However, what many litigants do not consider is that a judgment is only a piece of paper.
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  According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average price of a condominium apartment in Toronto was $558,728 in Q4 2018. This is a sizeable investment.
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The new year brings with it exciting changes and new laws. Here are two changes to the law that you should be aware of as you ring in 2019.
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  On June 7, 2018, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were elected. Since that day, the provincial government has been moving swiftly to pass and amend laws.
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On October 17, 2018, the Federal Cannabis Act, 2018, and the Ontario Cannabis Act, 2018 became law in Ontario (“the Acts”). The Acts legalize the consumption of recreational cannabis in Canada.
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Ontarians are spending vast sums of money renovating and repairing their residential properties. A 2017 report published by the Altus Group indicates that Ontarians spent $24.1 billion on alterations, improvements and conversions while an additional $7.5 billion was spent on repairs. Behind each repair and renovation is a contractor.
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On December 12, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017, became law in Ontario (“the Act”).
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According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association, at least 500,000 employees are unable to work due to mental health issues in any given week. This statistic demonstrates the importance of accommodating mental illnesses in the workplace. Nevertheless, Ontario lawyers should let clients know of an employer’s legal...
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Whether purchasing a commercial or residential property, the prevailing law is “buyer beware.” In other words, as a buyer, you must make appropriate inquiries about the property to discover any important information in order to satisfy yourself that the property is suitable for you.
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  As an employer, it is critical that you are aware of your obligations to your employees to avoid potential human rights or wrongful termination lawsuits by current or former employees on the basis of discrimination.
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If you are a business or service provider who asks consumers to purchase a warranty along with your product or service, beware.
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  Are you looking to challenge the re-zoning of your neighbour’s property or oppose that new 30-storey condominium development in your neighbourhood? If so, your concerns will now be addressed by the LPAT.
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On March 29, 2018, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced a new bill aimed at improving the efficiency of the criminal justice system and reducing court delays.
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The Rental Fairness Act (the “RFA”) is part of Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, a strategy released in April 2017 to provide stronger protections for tenants and promote affordable housing in Toronto. The RFA has recently made several changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) that have significant consequences for both landlords and tenants. Below we discuss two important...
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  Many companies offer reward points programs to thank customers for their loyalty.
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Managing employees is a common challenge for many business owners. Even a single employee can have a significant impact on your business’ success, particularly if you are running a small enterprise.
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Defamation typically means negative statements made by one person about another person that are communicated or published. It can also include comments made against a company or organization.
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The death of a family member is often a very difficult time for the loved ones who are left behind.
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Given the significant growth in condominium ownership in recent years, we have often wondered why a specialized board or tribunal has not been created to deal with disputes between condo boards, managers, and owners.
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In May, we wrote an article about changes to housing laws in Ontario which aimed to make housing in the province more affordable to buyers and renters.
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In the past year, we have attended many settlement meetings, mediations (settlement meeting with a third neutral person) and pre-trials (settlement meeting with a judge). In each case, we spent a considerable amount of time with our client beforehand preparing a draft settlement agreement. In 97% of our matters, we have found that attending any...
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In the recently released new Liberal Budget, the current government has introduced a series of measures to help parents with children, as well as some significant changes in the area of taxation.
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After many years of trying to address racial inequality in the province, the Ontario government has introduced a new law that many feel is a step in the right direction.
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On April 20, 2017, the Government of Ontario made some ground-breaking changes to the housing laws of the province related to home ownership and tenancies. The new plan is intended to make housing in the province more affordable for buyers and renters alike. Below are some of the key aspects of the plan: Rent is...
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Statistics are showing hate crimes in Canada are on the rise and are being reported almost on a daily basis.
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The year 2017 brings with it change and importantly, new laws. Here are a few you should know about.
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Gay, bisexual and/or transgendered blacks have recently been highlighted in the media in shows such as Empire and Queen Sugar, where Oprah is one of the creators. But how do these issues play out in real life in Ontario?
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While many employers emphasize a free and expressive workplace to get the best out of their employees, for many, the display of piercings, tattoos and non-business casual attire may be a step too far, particularly when employees are the “front line” between the company and its customers. The question is: when can an employer rightfully...
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Ever signed a contract and now you want to back out? You may need to consider that a Court may hold you responsible for failing to complete the contract.
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There are two ways that you may own a home with someone else. The first is with a: (1) by a “joint tenancy; and the second is (2) a “tenancy in common”. This article will discuss the difference between the two. Joint tenancy: we’re all in this together To understand the general differences between joint...
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Privacy in the workplace can be a difficult issue to navigate. In particular, employers may request certain pieces of information for certain kinds of employee leaves. However, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) allows for certain protections for employees.
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This week’s post discusses settlement agreements (a type of contract) and how they’re interpreted by the courts. Often times, parties will attempt to revise a deal after its agreed upon by trying to insert new words or meanings that aren’t present within the four corners of the document. This is rarely a good idea.
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Last month I described the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants; this month’s column discusses the rights and responsibilities of hotels and their guests.
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The year 2016 brings with it exciting new changes and importantly – new laws.
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  Not surprisingly, untrue statements are often an important issue in lawsuits.
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An unfortunate reality in litigation is that lawsuits often pit one family member against another.
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As a commercial litigation lawyer, most of the cases I deal with are based on breach of contract. The key issues for the judge to determine are: a) was there a contract; b) how should the contract be understood (what was each party required to do); c) was the contract breached or violated; and d)...
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You’ve owned your home for several years and it’s time for a new look. You draw up plans, get estimates, hire a general contractor and eagerly await the splendour of your newly-renovated home.
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In our final article addressing franchise law we will discuss how an individual or company involved in a franchise agreement on behalf of the franchisor, or brand owner, can be held personally responsible for damages suffered by a franchisee, or individual location owner.
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Last month we discussed how franchise disputes can be resolved from the perspective of the franchisor. This month, we consider the options available to the franchisee.
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This next series of articles will examine specific legal issues, beginning with an examination of dispute resolution in the field of franchise law.
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So far in this series of articles we’ve discussed a variety of the steps in the litigation process including the preparation of the Statement of Claim and the Statement of Defence, discoveries, and mediation.
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If you have watched courtroom drama on television you have likely seen portrayals of lawyers asking questions to the opposite site, which is videotaped.
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In our court system today, the reality is that very few lawsuits actually proceed all the way to trial. Instead, most cases settle at some earlier point in the process.
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In our last article we discussed administrative tribunals and the division of responsibilities between tribunals and courts.
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Suppose you’ve sued someone, you’ve won the trial and the judge has ordered the person you sued, now called the judgment debtor, to pay damages to you. What happens next? How do you get the money you are owed?
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You’re involved in a lawsuit, you want your day in court, but you also want to resolve the dispute quickly and you’re concerned about legal bills.
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Jurisdiction…you’ve probably heard the term, but what does it mean, how is it determined and how can it impact on the outcome of your case?
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You’ve become involved in a legal dispute. You’ve hired a lawyer to represent you. What exactly can you expect from your lawyer? Can a lawyer be helpful to you even if a formal lawsuit hasn’t started yet?
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Has someone committed a wrong against you? Are you thinking of suing? Here are some issues you should first consider.
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You may have had a dispute with someone that you have not been able to resolve. Next thing you know, there is a lawsuit handed to you by a mysterious person who says, “you’ve been served”.
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