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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses

Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

How many questions is too many on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories?

In a case of sufficient size and complexity, asking several hundred questions on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories may not be disproportionate absent bad faith or illegality, according to a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In the recent case of …

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Just talk to each other! How a simple conversation can reduce liability

Family status accommodation requests are some of the most difficult faced by employers. Where is the line between an employee’s personal preference and a legal right to expect accommodation? Recently, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal drew that line and in doing so, provided some em…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2020 By

New hiring practices for publicly funded school boards to reflect diversity and merit

As school boards across the province face teacher shortages, the Ontario government recently made changes to how teaching positions can be filled by publicly funded school boards in Ontario.  Effective October 29, 2020, the Ontario government revoked O. Reg 274/12: Hiring Practices, which fa…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2020 By

How to trim eDiscovery costs part two: Review fewer documents and review efficiently

In my previous blog post How to trim eDiscovery costs part one: Laying the groundwork, I discussed reducing eDiscovery costs by taking the time to set the stage before documents are exchanged. In the next few weeks I will share some more of our practical tips in a series of short articles. H…

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Published on: 3 Nov 2020 By

Assessing medical malpractice damages—non-pecuniary general damages

This article on non-pecuniary general damages is part of a series of articles that discuss the types of damages that may be claimed in a medical negligence case. It is important to note, however, that each case is unique, and the damages claimed will differ as between individuals. The assess…

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Published on: 2 Nov 2020 By

What is an honorarium, and is a representative plaintiff always entitled to a reward?

What is a representative plaintiff? In a class action, a representative plaintiff is a person who willingly steps forward and brings an action, in their name, on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals. They play an active role in the litigation and assume important duties and re…

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Published on: 23 Oct 2020 By

Bladder pain medication Elmiron linked to vision loss

Elmiron, a drug to treat a bladder condition affecting hundreds of thousands of Canadians, has been reported to cause vision loss in long-term users. Elmiron is an oral medication approved to treat interstitial cystitis (also known as painful bladder syndrome). Scientific studies link long-t…

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Published on: 22 Oct 2020 By

Assessing medical malpractice—an introduction

For many people, when considering a medical negligence (also known as a medical malpractice) action, the amount of the potential damages (financial compensation) is not the paramount concern. Often persons who have suffered harm at the hands of a health care professional want to ensure that …

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Published on: 16 Oct 2020 By

The Securities and Exchange Commission amends its whistleblower program

On September 23, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)  finalized changes to its highly successful whistleblower program (the “SEC Program”)1. Since it began, the SEC Program has paid over $500 million in total rewards to tipsters.  Earlier this June, one anonymous individu…

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