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    Time for dedicated internet libel legislation

    It is often said that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. However, it certainly hasn’t stopped the Ontario courts from giving it a try in attempting to apply Ontario’s antiquated Libel and Slander Act to defamatory publications on the internet.

    Robert B. Cohen|Nov 13, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Words versus actions

    In any working relationship, broken trust is hard to repair. Law Times reports that lawyers who work with indigenous groups say provisions in federal Bill C-58 would force access requesters to have specifics in terms of subject matter, time frames and types of records and will have a detrimental impact on these groups’ ability to do needed research for land claims.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Nov 13, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Expert testimony

    Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses. In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Nov 6, 2017
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    Evolving role of amicus curiae

    Anna Wong|Nov 6, 2017
  • Ian Harvey

    Not all condo residents treated equally

    The Toronto skyline is a long way from the suburban utopia of manicured lawns and white picket fences. While Toronto once spread out, it’s now also rising up, and since almost no one is building new apartment rental units, the demand for rentals has been supplied by condo buyers, many of whom are absent offshore investors.

    Ian Harvey|Nov 6, 2017
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    Know your rights at the border

    Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter. Storage capacity on laptop computers, smartphones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes. What this means is that everyone, including lawyers, can travel with vast amounts of personal data and client documents dating back to or before the purchase of an electronic device.

    Cyndee Todgham Cherniak|Oct 30, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    All that glitters

    Among the lawyers I know in my peer group, there was an incredibly steep drop-off rate when it came to high-paced jobs.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Oct 30, 2017
  • Jennifer Quito

    Correcting the record on LSUC diversity statement

    This fall, the Law Society of Upper Canada advised licensees that they must create and abide by an individual statement of principles that acknowledges their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in their behaviour toward colleagues, employees, clients and the public.

    Jennifer Quito|Oct 23, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Petty position

    There’s an old adage: If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them. I was reminded of this phrase recently as controversy trickled up about a statement of principles lawyers will be required to sign. The issue is, admittedly, complex.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Oct 23, 2017
  • Matthew Gourlay

    What’s in store for the Supreme Court?

    The fall term of the Supreme Court of Canada, which began Oct. 3 and continues through early December, will be Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s last. She officially retires Dec. 15.

    Matthew Gourlay|Oct 16, 2017
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