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September 11, 2017
  • Court dismisses leave application in IME case

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers can require employees to submit to an independent medical examination by a doctor of their choosing in certain circumstances. The court dismissed a motion seeking leave to appeal a Divisional Court decision that found an employer is justified in requesting such an examination as part of the duty to accommodate.
  • Caution urged on national security bill

    The government has tabled a massive omnibus bill to overhaul the country’s national security regime, which will be debated this fall. Lawyers say they have concerns about how the bill addresses issues such as collection of personal information, information sharing with other governments and how to help clients who find themselves on the no-fly list.
  • $4.6 million sought in negligence lawsuit

    A lawyer who is already under investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada for a $3-million deficiency in his trust account is now facing allegations of negligence over how he represented a former client in loan transactions.

Commentary


  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Bail under scrutiny

    The ticking clock on court delays imposed by Jordan continues to run, with a range of results. Law Times reports that the Ontario Court of Justice launched a pilot project earlier this month to see whether having judges conduct bail hearings could reduce delays in the criminal justice system. Normally, it is justices of the peace who hear bail proceedings — a practice that has drawn the ire of some critics who feel this should be handled only by lawyers.
  • Senem Ozkin

    A call for change in bail

    It is an undeniable fact that bail courts in Ontario are in crisis. What seems to be becoming even clearer is that no amount of attention to spotlight the issues is enough to fix them.

Focus On


  • Groups intervene over sexual assault convictions

    Human rights organizations are intervening in an appeal by an HIV-positive man convicted of two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Ryan Peck, executive director of HIV & Aids Legal Clinic Ontario, and Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/Aids Legal Network, say their organizations are intervening in an upcoming Nova Scotia Court of Appeal case.
  • School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple

    Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled in favour of an evangelical Christian school that would not admit the son of a same-sex couple over the school’s stance on same-sex marriage.
  • Damages awarded in racial profiling case

    A ruling in a civil damages case awarding $80,000 to a man racially profiled by a Toronto police officer is believed to be the largest of its kind so far in Ontario. Lawyers say the ruling in Elmardy v. Toronto Police Services Board 2017 will have important effects on how damages are sought in relation to racial profiling by police.

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