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  • Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Dec 11, 2017

    An adjudicator has upheld a decision taken by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo not to disclose certain records to a prominent lawyer about a complaint filed against him.

  • Making police accountable long overdue

    Nov 27, 2017

    There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.

  • Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Nov 20, 2017

    Lawyers say a government proposal to criminalize having a certain amount of THC in your blood two hours after driving will likely face a Charter challenge if implemented.

  • Where aboriginal law and environmental law intersect

    Where aboriginal law and environmental law intersect

    Nov 20, 2017

    As more environmental assessments for projects are taking traditional knowledge and consultation with indigenous peoples into account, lawyers say there can sometimes be a collision between project proponents and the duty to consult as outlined in s. 35 of the Constitution.

  • Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed

    Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed

    Nov 20, 2017

    As a national price on carbon looms across Canada and with the cap-and-trade system now up and running in Ontario, disclosure is an increasingly important issue with regards to financial liabilities and risk assessment. Lawyers say that because there is a mandated federal carbon price that is a backstop and most prices will be administered provincially, the patchwork approach across the country will mean different requirements from province to province.

  • Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Nov 13, 2017

    The legal profession should renew its focus on legal expenses insurance as the product slowly but steadily gains traction in Canada, says the former head of the Canadian Bar Association’s access to justice committee. John Sims headed the committee in late 2013 when the CBA announced its aim to have 75 per cent of middle-income Canadians covered by legal insurance by 2030.

  • Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Nov 13, 2017

    Ontario lawmakers should force insurers to notify claimants of the limitation period to challenge denials after the province’s appeal court ruled companies that fail to provide such a warning do not breach their duty of good faith to customers, according to a Kitchener, Ont. personal injury lawyer.

  • Insurer ordered to pay plaintiffs’ entire legal bill

    Insurer ordered to pay plaintiffs’ entire legal bill

    Nov 13, 2017

    A Toronto lawyer says insurers should factor in the risk of additional expenses when denying coverage after a judge awarded two plaintiffs full indemnity costs following their success in court.

  • Expect more Charter challenges in benefit disputes

    Expect more Charter challenges in benefit disputes

    Nov 13, 2017

    The provincial attorney general’s failure to defend the constitutionality of its Minor Injury Guideline has helped open the floodgates to Charter challenges in accident benefit disputes, says a Toronto insurance lawyer.

  • Time for dedicated internet libel legislation

    Nov 13, 2017

    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.

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