Ontario election expected to determine survival of Human Rights Code amendments

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May 22, 2018
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Proposed changes to Ontario’s Human Rights Code that would have prevented discrimination based on social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records, was quashed when Ontario’s 41st Parliament was dissolved on May 8, 2018. However, lawyers practicing in areas that involve human rights should remain aware that the proposed amendments represent significant changes to human rights law in Ontario.

So You Want To Be A Landlord? A Primer In Buying A Tenanted Property

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May 17, 2018
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If you decide to purchase a residential property with a tenant occupying the property, there are some important procedures and pitfalls that should be considered. In our latest Real Estate blog post, Bryan Thaw outlines the key things a buyer should keep in mind.

Surrogacy – Erin Lepine Writes for the Law Times

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May 8, 2018
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Family and Fertility lawyer Erin Lepine has written an article for the latest issue of Law Times, called “Stop the commercialization of surrogacy”. The article discusses the push by Anthony Housefather, chair of the House of Commons justice committee, to decriminalize payment in surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation arrangements in Canada. Erin argues that the commercialization of surrogacy would violate a number of core Canadian values.

Peter Cronyn Featured in Lawyers Daily Article – Part 1

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May 7, 2018
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Peter Cronyn was featured in a Lawyers Daily article this week, called “Wrongful impregnation of patients with fertility doctors’ own sperm raises novel criminal law questions, experts say”. It is the first in a two-part series. The piece looks at the legal implications of misconduct in fertility treatment, and discusses Dr Norman Barwin, the fertility doctor who is alleged to have inseminated patients with the wrong sperm, sometimes his own.

Copyright for Animal Selfies – Monkey Business?

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May 4, 2018
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Can a monkey sue for copyright infringement? Our latest Intellectual Property blog post looks at the “monkey selfie” copyright dispute and the relevant law in Canada.

Michel Nolet Featured in Law Times Article

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May 3, 2018
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Indigenous lawyer Michel Nolet was recently featured in an article in the Law Times about the developing class action related to the “Indian hospitals”. These were operational in Canada between 1945 and 1981, and it is alleged that many Indigenous people suffered abuse and mistreatment at these institutions.

A Much-Needed Amendment to Ontario’s Human Rights Code

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May 2, 2018
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On October 4, 2017, Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers introduced a private member’s bill titled the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 (“Bill 164”). If passed, Bill 164 would amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code to add four new prohibited grounds of discrimination: social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records. This post explores the definitions of these new grounds, and the implications for employers and employees.

What are the Duties of an Estate Trustee?

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May 1, 2018
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Most people are happy to agree to be an estate trustee at some future date, but they may not have a true understanding of what it entails. And when someone dies and you are thrust into that role, it can be very overwhelming. You may be thinking: where do I even begin? Below is an outline of the basic duties of an estate trustee.

Revenge Porn Update

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April 26, 2018
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How serious is revenge porn? Natasha Chettiar discusses a recent law suit in Manitoba, where a woman learned that her prospective employer had been sent intimate images of her without her knowledge or consent. She has started a court claim seeking damages, as well as a court injunction ordering anyone who may have copies of her intimate images to destroy them and refrain from distributing them any further.