Notice Periods When the Related Legislation is Silent

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January 18, 2018
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Legislation is notorious for being hyper-granular and specific one moment, and then vague and unclear the next. Sometimes the issue you’re interested in is entirely absent from the act. This can make interpretation very difficult for lawyers, and even more so for those who don’t have a legal background. So what happens when the piece of legislation you are relying on is silent on an issue?

Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes: What’s The Difference?

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November 19, 2017
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However, many people are unaware about the differences between these facilities. One key difference is that long-term care homes provide 24-hour nursing care and supervision to their residents, whereas retirement homes provide rental accommodation with care and services available for their residents at an additional cost. However, there are plenty of other differences as well. Here are the top things you should know about long-term care homes and retirement homes in Ontario.

Enforceability of marriage contract considered

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November 13, 2017
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For many years now, the issue of enforceability of a Maher marriage contract as well as its interrelationship with provincial family law property regimes has been considered by our courts. This issue was put before the Ontario Court of Appeal very recently in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh, 2017 ONCA 838 and the court’s analysis of this particular Maher is worthy of review by those practising family law in Ontario.

International Wills

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September 29, 2017
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In today’s highly interconnected world where people and capital move freely, it is very common for people to have lived in more than one country, and for people to own assets outside of their home province or outside of Canada. What happens with your Will if you own property outside of Ontario? Or outside of Canada?

The Financial Impacts of Bill 148: Looking Beyond Minimum Wage

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September 27, 2017
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As even the most casual observer of current events is aware, the Ontario Government introduced legislation that will increase minimum wage from $11.40 to $15.00 an hour by January 1, 2019. Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) was introduced and referred to committee on June 1, 2017, just days before the provincial legislature rose for the summer.

Courts show growing willingness to award damages when Charter rights are violated

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September 18, 2017
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This article originally appeared in The Lawyers Daily on September 11, 2017, published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. The Supreme Court of Canada opened the door in 2010 for plaintiffs to seek damages from the government based on breaches of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“the Charter“). In Ward v. Vancouver (City), 2010 SCC… Read more »

Argument over who primary caregiver is rekindled

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September 18, 2017
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An age-old argument around who a child’s primary caregiver is was recently rekindled in the Court of Appeal. The case, Porter v. Bryan, 2017 ONCA 677, dealt with mobility rights and the parents of a five-year-old boy.