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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Published on: 3 Feb 2016 By

Advocate Role Includes Reigning in Over-zealousness On The Bench

Siskinds franchise lawyer, Peter Dillon was recently interviewed by Law Times regarding the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision Stuart Budd & Sons Ltd. v. IFS Vehicle Distributors ULC. To read about this decision and other comments by Peter Dillon, see the AdvocateDaily.com article …

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Published on: 1 Feb 2016 By

Thorco seeks leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada

On January 26, 2016, Siskinds LLP filed an Application for Leave to Appeal on behalf of John Thordarson and Thorco Contracting Limited (“Applicants”), seeking leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision. The court awarded Midwest Properties Ltd. judgment against the Applicants, jo…

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Published on: 29 Jan 2016 By

Case Law Update: It’s Still Hard to Fire Employees For Cause

A number of our blog entries have discussed the challenges employers face in ending an employment relationship for cause, without having to provide notice beforehand (or pay in lieu of notice). Generally, employees must engage in serious misconduct before being subjected to what the Courts h…

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Published on: 22 Jan 2016 By

Worker or Independent Operator? Factors to consider

If you are injured while working, determining whether you are legally considered a worker in the course of your employment, or an independent operator, is a critical question that could decide your right to sue for damages. Although a third party could still be sued, the Workplace Safety and…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2016 By

Northern Gateway Pipeline requires provincial environmental approval

A BC court has declared that an agreement (Agreement) between the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the National Energy Board is invalid to the extent it purported to remove the need for an environmental assessment approval under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). Th…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2016 By

Whittling Down Our Testamentary Freedom

Testamentary freedom – the principle that a person of sound mind is free to leave his or her estate to whomever they like, for whatever reason, and without explanation– is a deeply entrenched notion in Canadian common law and society. However, as those of us in the estates and trust field kn…

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Published on: 15 Jan 2016 By

Dillon to discuss caselaw, legislation at franchise law program

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon will present a roundup of legislation and 2015 caselaw at the upcoming ‘Practitioner Sessions on Franchise Law’ program, hosted by The Commons Institute. On Feb. 8, Dillon, partner with Siskinds LLP, will present a 30-minute module at the event, scheduled for 2 …

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Published on: 14 Jan 2016 By

Considerations on a Summary Judgment Motion When an Injury Claim is Brought After the Expiry of the Limitation Period: A Case Comment on Farhat v. Monteanu

In this case[1], the injured plaintiff started his case 32 days after the expiry of the 2-year limitation period. A summary judgment motion was brought to address the limitation defence. The plaintiff was injured in a collision on May 18, 2006. He attended with his family doctor 8 days later…

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