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An agreement for purchase and sale of a property is a contract between two parties, which is a buyer and a seller. Both parties are obligated to take reasonable steps to ensure that the agreement of purchase and sale is closed and the sale occurs. It is not always clear what steps the parties should...
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Title: Tanya Walker discusses the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal case, R v. Anderson Date: August 25, 2021 Description: Tanya Walker appeared on Globe and Mail podcast to discuss how judges may take into account race when sentencing.
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The residential real estate market is booming. Buyers often decide whether to purchase a house in a matter of hours or days. So, what happens if the buyer realizes that the square footage of the house is less than advertised? This issue was recently addressed in Issa v. Wilson, 2020 ONCA 756 and Lamba v....
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One thing that all business owners should do is ensure that they have well-drafted employment contracts that clearly set out the terms of employment that exist between them and each of their employees. As employment litigation lawyers, we recommend that our clients who are employers include provisions in their employment contracts that explain what their...
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Judges have a broad discretion to award various remedies to parties in a lawsuit. The most commonly sought and awarded remedy is monetary damages or compensation. In some circumstances monetary compensation may be inadequate to appropriately compensate a party for the loss he or she will suffer. Therefore, judges also have the power to award...
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Title: Tanya Walker discusses the Language Barrier to Donating Blood | CityNews Date: July 31, 2021, Descriptions: Tanya Walker appeared on CityNews to discuss an usual barrier in Canada that prevents those who do not speak or cannot read in English or French from donating blood.
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Title: Preventing and Managing Discrimination, Harassment & Violence in the Workplace Date: June 15 – 16, 2021 Description: There is a serious obligation to keep the workplace and all employees safe. There is also a serious obligation to accommodate and not discriminate against employees with mental illness, some of whom could be potentially volatile employees....
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On October 6, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act (the “Bill”) for its first reading. The Bill seeks to modernize the law that governs how companies and people conduct business in Ontario. This includes significant changes to the Business Corporations Act (the “Act”). The hope is that these amendments will reduce the...
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BUYER BEWARE: FAILING TO CLOSE A TRANSACTION RESULTS IN THE LOSS OF YOUR DEPOSIT When buying property, it is routine and expected in such transactions for the buyer to pay a deposit towards the purchase price of the property. This deposit signifies that the buyer is committed to complete the purchase, as the buyer will...
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As homeowners continue to work from home in response to the provincial lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, some are realizing that they need more space. Others appreciate that they will continue to work from home indefinitely and living in the city may no longer be necessary as they may be able to afford a home located...
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As many of you are aware, on April 28, 2021, the Government of Ontario responded to calls from members of the public and public health experts by introducing temporary paid sick leave to Ontarians in an attempt to curb the transmission of COVID-19. The Minister of Labour and Minister of Finance introduced the Bill called Bill...
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Many entrepreneurs begin their business with family members or friends who share a particular interest or skill set. In doing so, they often focus all of their attention growing their venture and forget the importance of reducing their agreement to writing. Many entrepreneurs may be surprised to find out that if you do not describe...
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There are a number of reasons why an employer may have to terminate one of their employees, especially during the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee-employer relationship is based on an agreement between the two parties. It is important for employers to understand that this relationship is, in essence, a subset of...
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Title : Ethical and Professional Issues in Shareholder Disputes and Litigation Date : March 31, 2021 3:45 – 4:45 Description : A discussion of realistic fact situations illustrating how ethical and professional challenges arise in the context of shareholder disputes in closely-held companies, and what counsel can do to address them, both as effective advocates...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the courts and legal counsel to utilize videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. Thanks to videoconferencing, it is no longer necessary for persons to attend appearances in person. Although, videoconferencing has its benefits and downfalls, we anticipate that the courts will continue to use virtual appearances for years to come. In...
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Title : Conducting Virtual Examinations for Discovery, Cross Examinations and Regulatory Examinations: Need to Know Strategies for Changing Times Date : Mar. 23, 2021 12:00-1:30 p.m. Description : Most all examinations are taking place remotely across Canada today. Get ready for your next virtual examination with expert advice on how these examinations are different and...
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In the age of rapid technological advancement and increased access to unsupervised internet forums, the opportunity for cyber bullying and online harassment has grown tremendously over the years. Some may argue that the law that protects and limits free speech has not been modernized to address a users’ ability to harass others online, until now....
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Title : Selling your services to the world: How to find new markets Date : Thu, March 11, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET Description : Canada’s services export sector accounts for the bulk of our economic activity, showing unmatched growth over the past two decades. And if you’ve ever sold a professional service...
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Title : Technology Gone Wrong: Cautionary Tales From the Remote Courtroom Date : Friday, February 26, 2021 12:00PM – 1:30PM Description : Program Chairs: Martha Cook, Martha Cook Professional Corporation Ian Hu, Carroll Heyd Chown LLP Hearings can be stressful enough and technology brings a whole new layer of complexity. What do you do if...
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All employees have an implied duty of good faith not to disclose confidential information or trade secrets; this duty is owed regardless of whether there is a non-disclosure clause in the employment contract. The law does not usually prohibit employees from using the skills and knowledge that they acquire from a past job to a...
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The Government of Canada has released several income-support benefits over the past year to assist Canadians most impacted by the pandemic. Last March, the Government of Canada introduced the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, most commonly known as “CERB,” which provided qualifying individuals with a $2,000 benefit every four weeks, up to a maximum of sixteen...
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The Supreme Court case Bhasin v. Hrynew is a landmark case that imposed a common law doctrine of good faith on parties to a contract, which requires them to act honestly in performing their contractual obligations. In Bhasin v. Hrynew, Mr. Bhasin was a director of the Canadian American Financial Corporation (“Can-Am”). He was very...
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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. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Employment Litigation 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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United Nations, International Women's Day Speech, Tanya Walker
Title: International Women’s Day Speech | United Nations Date:April 4, 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 on Planet Africa Television to Discuss Jean Augustine. Date: February 13, 2013 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on Planet Africa Television to discuss Jean Augustine.
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Tanya Walker 2013 Young Entrepreneur Award
Title: Tanya Walker Acceptance Speech | Young Entrepreneur Award Date: April 28, 2013 Descriptions: Tanya Walker recieves the Young Entrepreneur Award. 
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ASK TANYA EPISODE 1
Title: Ask Tanya – What To Do If You Are Sued Date: December 2, 2014 Descriptions: In this video Tanya Walker explains what to do and your options if you are sued. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law and Trials
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ASK TANYA EPISODE 2
Title: Ask Tanya – What To Do If You Want To Sue Someone Date: February 1, 2015 Descriptions: In this video Tanya Walker explains what to do if you want to sue someone. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law and Contract Disputes
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Title: Tanya Walker For Bencher Date: February 28, 2015 Descriptions: Tanya Walker was sworn in by the Law Society of Ontario to be the first black elected female bencher from Toronto in the now 224-year history of the Law Society. In 2019 she was re-elected.
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2015 National Bar Association Convention- International Franchising Presentation
Title: International Franchising Presentation | National Bar Association Convention Date: July 21, 2015 Descriptions: Tanya Walker speaks at the National Bar Association Convention about franchise expansion and modifying a franchise to accommodate various demands around the world. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Franchise Law and Civil Litigation Law    
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October 16, 2015 acceptance speech at the CABL Gala
Title:Tanya Walker Acceptance Speech | CABL Gala Date: October 16, 2015 Descriptions: Tanya Walker attends the CABL Gala to receive an award for judicial practice.
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Ontario Bar Association – Co-Presenting on Solicitors Liens with Peter Carey on March 1, 2016
Title: Tanya Walker Co-Presents on Solicitors Liens | Ontario Bar Association Date: March 1, 2016 Descriptions: Tanya Walker co-hosts a presentation with Peter Carey for the Ontario Bar Association on Solicitors Liens. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Negligence Liability and Regulation and Civil Litigation Law  
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Your Morning on Monday December 12
Title: Presumed Consent for Organ Donation | CTV Your Morning Date: December 12, 2016 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss legal issues with regards to presumed consent for organ donation.
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What goes into classifying a crime as a hate crime
Title: What Goes Into Classifying a Crime as a Hate Crime | CTV Your Morning Date: February 27, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss reports of anti-Semitic attacks in Toronto and what goes into classifying a crime as a hate crime.
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Title: Two B.C. Polygamists Found Guilty | CTV Your Morning Date: July 25, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears 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 message that the conviction sends to others...
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Title: Amanda Lindhout Kidnapping Trial Begins | CTV Your Morning Date: October 5, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss the Amanda Lindhout kidnapping trial and the risk of associated court delays. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Trials  
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Title: Former Judge Robin Camp Wants to Practice Law Again | CTV Your Morning Date: November 14, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss former Judge Robin Camp’s application to become a lawyer after previously resigning for making comments about a nineteen-year-old in a sexual assault case that he presided over....
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Title: Dellen Millard’s Third Murder Trial | CTV Your Morning Date: December 28, 2017 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss Dellen Millard’s third murder trial for charges associated with the murder of his father.  
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Liberals table bill to reform justice system
Title: Liberals Table Bill to Reform Justice System Bill C-75 | CTV Your Morning Date: April 2, 2018 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss Bill C-75. This bill would change the way that the courts work, with the goal of getting cases heard faster and to make the process less prone to...
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Title: The Case Against an Ex-Nazi Translator | CTV Your Morning Date: May 2, 2018 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss a former Nazi’s fourth attempt to overturn a court decision that revoked his Canadian citizenship. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law and Trials
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Title: Parents Left Scrambling as Daycare Announces Closure | CityNews Date: Jun 26, 2018 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CityNews to discuss the closure of Humberside daycare which left parents scrambling to find child care. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law  
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Title: Why the Drowning of a Student Constitutes as Criminal Negligence | CTV Your Morning Date: July 27, 2018 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears On CTV Your Morning to explain when someone is liable or criminally responsible, and how the drowning of a student on a class trip will impact field trips going forward.
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Title: How Do You Feel About Marijuana Legalization | CBC Radio, Cross Country Checkup Date: October 14, 2018 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CBC Radio, Cross Country Checkup to discuss how she feels and to answer questions about marijuana legalization in Canada. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law
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Title: Kevin Spacey Charged with Indecent Assault and Battery | CTV Your Morning Date: January 7, 2019 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears 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 television anchor’s then eight-teen-year-old son...
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Title: Discussion on Hate Crimes | CityNews Date: March 9, 2019 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CityNews to discuss a controversial paper found in local mailboxes in the Leslieville and Riverdale neighbourhoods in Toronto. The publishers and distributors were convicted of hate speech as the papers promoted hatred against women and Jews. Related Services: Click...
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The assault case that rocked one of Toronto’s most prestigious schools is back in court
Title : Assault Case That Rocked One of Toronto’s Most Prestigious Schools Is Back in Court | CTV Your Morning Date : April 1, 2019 Description : Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss a shocking case where seven teenagers from a prestigious private school in Toronto are facing thirty-seven charges ranging from...
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People are posing as fake lawyers and it’s a big problem
Title: People Are Posing as Fake Lawyers and It’s A Big Problem | CTV Your Morning Date: November 29, 2019 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss the presence of fake lawyers in Canada, the dangers of mistakenly hiring a fake lawyer, and how to protect yourself from these individuals. Related Services:...
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Ontario Government Proposes Change for Civil Jury Trials
Title: Ontario Government Proposes Change for Civil Jury Trials | CTV YourMorning Date: June 17, 2020 Descriptions: Tanya Walker appears on CTV Your Morning to discuss the benefits and downsides of the Ontario government’s proposed change to eliminate jury trials for civil lawsuits. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Civil Litigation Law...
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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.” Related Services: Click here to see how we approach Residential Real Estate Disputes Click...
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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. Related Services: Click here to see how we approach  Contract Disputes...
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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. Related Services: Click here to see...
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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! Related Services: Click...
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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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