Kivalliq Hall designated as an Indian Residential School

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September 18, 2018
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In another step forward for Inuit Canadians who attended federal residential schools, a court has concluded that Kivalliq Hall, a high school and student residence constructed in Nunavut in the 1980s, was Canada’s joint responsibility and should therefore be added as an institution pursuant to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. This means that attendees will be eligible for compensation by the Government of Canada under the Agreement.

Personal Injury Lawsuits: How Much Will I Get?

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September 10, 2018
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When I meet with a personal injury client for the first time, the question I hear most often is: “Thanks for meeting with me, but how much money am I going to get?” Although I can provide you a range of expected damages early in your case, I cannot assess your damages until we consult an expert to provide me with an opinion as to your prognosis and needs.

Do You Have to Put Up With “Locker-Room” Talk in the Workplace?

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September 5, 2018
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Many people face workplace sexual harassment on a daily basis. It can come in many forms, including derogatory comments, inappropriate touching, repeated advances, propositions, pressure to laugh at inappropriate jokes or being forced to look at explicit imagery. And it can be difficult to know what to do.

Polyamorous relationships and the best interests of the child

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August 23, 2018
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The law is getting better at acknowledging and protecting family configurations that range beyond the nuclear, such as single parents and same-sex parents. However, there are some family units that the law has been slow to recognise. A case before the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court looked at three adults in a polyamorous relationship.

Denying Employees’ Benefits Based on Age is Discrimination and Unconstitutional

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August 23, 2018
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While mandatory retirement ended over ten years ago, older workers are unfortunately not immune from age-related discrimination. In Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario looked at a situation where an older worker lost his benefits when he reached the age of 65.

Welcome, Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain!

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August 20, 2018
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The Family Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce two new members of the team, associate lawyers Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain.

Three things to consider when buying car insurance in Ontario

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August 15, 2018
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No one ever wants to be responsible for an accident or be injured in one. It is a difficult experience and not something we want to think about. However, taking care in advance to weigh your options and your coverage can make a big difference to you and your family members if you are ever in this situation.

Discrimination in Canada’s Prisons: Risk Assessment Tools and Indigenous Prisoners

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August 14, 2018
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A recent Supreme Court of Canada case, Ewert v. Canada, found that some of the risk assessment tests employed by Canada’s prison system may in fact discriminate against Indigenous prisoners. The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and the Native Women’s Association of Canada intervened on this case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Pam MacEachern and Natasha Chettiar represented CAEFS on a pro bono basis.