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Published on: 7 Feb 2017 By

How To Legally Change Your Child’s Name In Ontario

Periodically a client will ask if it is possible to change their child’s last name, from their former spouses’ name to their own, for example changing the child’s last name to their maiden name so the child and parent have the same last name. Firstly to apply to change a child’s name you mus…

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Published on: 1 Feb 2017 By

What To Consider When Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

When hiring a personal injury lawyer, you should consider their experience, reputation, and location. Experience:  Lawyers work on business deals, transfer real estate, create wills, and argue in court. Lawyers can handle a variety of legal issues, or be specialized, focusing on business dis…

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Published on: 1 Feb 2017 By

E-Discovery Software useful for small cases

The use of electronic discovery software in litigation with large volumes of data has become standard practice. The software allows the user to leverage analytics to better understand the data and to streamline the document review process. While we routinely use e-discovery software for our …

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Published on: 31 Jan 2017 By

Changes to Emergency Leave Requirements in the Auto Industry

The final report from Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review is expected any day now, but in a taste of what’s to come, some changes are already being implemented. Since 2004, s. 50 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) has required employers with more than 50 employees to provide 10 u…

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Published on: 30 Jan 2017 By

Proposed New Charge to Water Bottling Facilities

On January 18, 2017 the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“Ministry”) posted on the Environmental Registry for a 60 day review and comment period a regulation proposing a regulatory charge on water bottling facilities. The proposed charge would apply to water bottling facilitie…

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Published on: 26 Jan 2017 By

The Vexing Problem Of Limitations In Environmental Cases Rises Again

Last August, we reported on recent case law dealing with the difficult question of how to determine limitation periods in environmental claims. In the January 2017 Court of Appeal decision of Crombie Property Holdings Limited v. McColl-Frontenac Inc., the court overturned the trial court’s d…

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Published on: 26 Jan 2017 By

Accessibility Obligations for Employers with Under 50 Employees

Effective January 1, 2017 there are new accessibility standards for employers with under 50 employees. Larger non-public employers with more than 50 employees were required to implement new employment standards and communications obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabil…

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Published on: 24 Jan 2017 By

Endean v British Columbia: efficient and economic access to justice for Canadian class members

In October 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its decision in Endean v British Columbia, 2016 SCC 42, holding that superior court judges have the discretionary power to sit outside of their home jurisdictions, pursuant to section 12 of the Class Proceedings Act. Endean was a …

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