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13 Jul 2017

How A Settlement Agreement Can Spare You The Stress Of A Lawsuit

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In the past year, we have attended many settlement meetings, mediations (settlement meeting with a third neutral person) and pre-trials (settlement meeting with a judge). In each case, we spent a considerable amount of time with our client beforehand preparing a draft settlement agreement. In 97% of our matters, we have found that attending any form of settlement meeting with a prepared settlement agreement to share with the other side assists with negotiating the settlement. Here’s why.

30 Jun 2017

Changes To Federal Budget Aim To Lighten Load For New Parents

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In the recently released new Liberal Budget, the current government has introduced a series of measures to help parents with children, as well as some significant changes in the area of taxation. 

22 May 2017

Ontario's Groundbreaking Changes To The Housing Laws

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On April 20, 2017, the Government of Ontario made some ground-breaking changes to the housing laws of the province related to home ownership and tenancies.

14 Apr 2017

Ontario's Proposed Anti Racism Law To Be Voted On This Spring

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After many years of trying to address racial inequality in the province, the Ontario government has introduced a new law that many feel is a step in the right direction.

24 Mar 2017

The Makings Of A Hate Crime

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Statistics are showing hate crimes in Canada are on the rise and are being reported almost on a daily basis.

27 Jan 2017

New Law Changes in 2017 - What You Need To Know

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The year 2017 brings with it change and importantly, new laws. Here are a few you should know about.

19 Nov 2016

The Right to Choose: Gender Expression & Gender Identity in Ontario Human Rights Law

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Gay, bisexual and/or transgendered blacks have recently been highlighted in the media in shows such as Empire and Queen Sugar, where Oprah is one of the creators. But how do these issues play out in real life in Ontario? 

22 Oct 2016

Can Your Boss Make You Change Your Look?

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While many employers emphasize a free and expressive workplace to get the best out of their employees, for many, the display of piercings, tattoos and non-business casual attire may be a step too far, particularly when employees are the “front line” between the company and its customers.

10 Sep 2016

Why You Should Never Break A Contract

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Ever signed a contract and now you want to back out? You may need to consider that a Court may hold you responsible for failing to complete the contract.

14 Aug 2016

What You Should Know Before Buying A Home With Someone Else

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There are two ways that you may own a home with someone else. The first is with a: (1) by a “joint tenancy; and the second is (2) a “tenancy in common”.

22 Jun 2016

How To Deal With Nasty Neighbours

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Most of us have been there – living beside a difficult neighbour. If the situation is beyond “working it out”, what can you do about it legally? The answer, most often, is the legal claim known as “nuisance”.

17 May 2016

When Can Your Boss Ask For Your Private Information?

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Privacy in the workplace can be a difficult issue to navigate. In particular, employers may request certain pieces of information for certain kinds of employee leaves. However, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) allows for certain protections for employees. 

23 Apr 2016

How To Save Yourself From Entering A Bad Contract

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This week’s post discusses settlement agreements (a type of contract) and how they’re interpreted by the courts. Often times, parties will attempt to revise a deal after its agreed upon by trying to insert new words or meanings that aren’t present within the four corners of the document. This is rarely a good idea. 

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