Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation: What’s the Difference?

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December 11, 2017

It is a common misconception that all legal disputes are resolved in the court-room. In fact, only a fraction end up going to litigation; most are resolved through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. It all depends on the complexity of the issue and the parties involved. So what is the difference between mediation, arbitration and litigation?

Marta Siemiarczuk’s Article Series in the Law Times

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December 6, 2017

Outside of her family law practice, Marta Siemiarczuk has also been busy this year writing a series of articles for legal newspaper Law Times. Looking at cases from the Ontario Court of Appeal, Marta explored everything from retirement to marriage contracts.

Lanise Hayes Quoted in Law Times Editorial

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December 6, 2017

Our very own Lanise Hayes was recently quoted in the Law Times editorial “Words versus actions”. The piece is about the federal bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

6 Steps To Follow After A Motor Vehicle Accident

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November 30, 2017

Motor vehicle accidents can be stressful and sometimes traumatic events. You will likely be shaken or in shock, and possibly injured. They can occur so quickly, you may not fully understand what actually happened, or even the extent of your injuries. You may wonder: what do I do now? Here is a list of 6 steps you should follow if you are involved in an car accident.

Termination Clauses: Reading the Fine Print

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November 29, 2017

In the event you are terminated, does your contract act in your best interest? Is the termination clause clear and unambiguous, and therefore enforceable? A recent case, Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited, illustrates the importance of thoroughly reviewing your employment contract, or having someone with expertise review it for you.

Can Judicial Review Conclusively Determine the Existence of Aboriginal Rights?

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November 27, 2017

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision Ktunaxa Nation v British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) related to the spiritual significance of a proposed development site. The applicants, the members of the Ktunaxa Nation, challenged a provincial minister’s decision to approve the project on the basis of both a section 35 duty to consult and the right to freedom of conscience and religion enshrined in section 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

An entrepreneur’s intellectual property toolkit: Simple steps to avoid legal headaches

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November 21, 2017

It’s the legal question known to elicit grimaces in startup circles. Have you done your due diligence? If you’re a successful early stage entrepreneur, the odds are good that the answer is no; you’ve simply been too busy running a business. But there comes a point where it’s important to sit down and ask yourself some tough questions about where your legal risks lie.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

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November 21, 2017

With the holiday season upon us, ‘tis the season to talk about the night before Christmas we all look forward to at the workplace: the annual holiday work party. These celebrations come in all shapes and sizes: afternoon teas, gift exchanges, ugly sweater competitions, Christmas caroling, dinner, dancing – the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, so too are the possibilities for things to go wrong.