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Published on: 22 Jan 2021 By

Can employers require COVID-19 vaccinations?

COVID-19 may have brought Canadians together in many ways, but a number of issues surrounding the pandemic have proven to be divisive on some level. Masking policies, stay at home orders, the forced shut down of many businesses, government compensation schemes or the lack thereof, testing ra…

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Published on: 18 Jan 2021 By

Naturopathy, medical cannabis, and other ‘novel’ treatments are acceptable within the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule

Being injured in a motor vehicle collision is already a challenge. Those who seek support from naturopaths, medical cannabis, or other ‘novel’ treatments to aid in their recovery may feel added stress as to whether the treatment they seek will be approved, and paid for, within the scheme of …

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Published on: 15 Jan 2021 By

Employers should brace themselves for more workplace inspections

The Ontario Minister of Labour has announced that it will be increasing workplace inspections to ensure employers are operating safely as part of its Stay Safe All Day campaign to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  What sectors will be most affected? The campaign is said to focus on workplaces …

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Published on: 15 Jan 2021 By

How to trim eDiscovery costs part five: Archive unnecessary data from your workspace

In my previous blog posts How to trim eDiscovery costs part one: laying the groundwork, How to trim eDiscovery costs part two: review fewer documents and review efficiently; How to trim eDiscovery costs part three: leverage technology by adding tools and apps to your review and How to trim e…

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Published on: 13 Jan 2021 By

When is a Freedom of Information request frivolous or vexatious?

Freedom of information requests will be refused if they are “frivolous or vexatious.” The bar is very high for a request to be considered frivolous or vexatious – the head of the institution that is refusing the claim needs to have evidence to substantiate their decision. This short article …

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Published on: 13 Jan 2021 By

Rental car companies are liable for the renter’s negligence, even where the renter used a fake name, paid cash, and let someone else crash the car

Mamo v. Morgan, 2020 ONSC 7829 Is a rental car company responsible for the harm its renter causes in a car accident with the rented car? Yes. What if the renter used a stolen identity to rent the car and paid in cash? Yes. What if the renter did all that and then let their...

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Published on: 12 Jan 2021 By

Fallen on someone else’s property and injured? You now have 60 days to let them know, if you might later need to sue.

On December 8, 2020, how people start lawsuits over falling on private property changed dramatically in Ontario.* In a nutshell, if you fall on someone else’s property and are injured, you have 60 days from the date you fell to write to that other person or business and tell them that you in…

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Published on: 6 Jan 2021 By

The SEC crackdown on crypto-securities: SEC v. Ripple

It’s a busy new year for lawyers representing Ripple Labs Inc. (“Ripple”), as they prepare to face off with American regulators in the “Cryptocurrency Trial of the Century”. On December 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launched an action against Ripple Labs Inc. and two …

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Published on: 5 Jan 2021 By

Major update to Canadian privacy legislation in the works… What does this mean for class actions?

For the first time since the implementation of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) in 2000, the federal government has introduced an update to Canada’s privacy framework via Bill C-11, or the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, which underwent it…

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Published on: 5 Jan 2021 By

Who pays for treatment following a motor vehicle accident?

When clients first consult us following a motor vehicle accident, many ask how they will be able to afford the treatment they need to recover. Some forms of treatment, such as visits with your family doctor, are funded by OHIP. However, services provided by most healthcare professionals, inc…

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