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Condo Dwellers Get A Lift From New Elevator Regulations

Ontario Elevator Regulations Condominiums

With more Ontario residents making the move to vertical condominium communities the Ontario government has turned their attention to that pesky problem of elevators down for service. There are approximately 20,000 elevators already operational in buildings throughout the province, and about 1550 of them are more than 50 years old with another 10,000 over 25 years old. The legislation is not only a positive step towards recognizing the essential service that elevators provide to condominium residents and particularly, elderly residents, those with disabilities and those living on the highest floors of increasingly taller condominium buildings, but the first jurisdiction to...

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Predicting Jury Outcomes In A Trial

Predicting Jury Outcomes

We’ve all seen famous television shows like Suits, Law and Order or The Good Wife where on occasion an episode showcases an entire field of study dedicated to reading the jury. In some States of the United States, members of the public who serve on a jury are not prohibited from discussing the case with the media or in public after the fact. Often jury members will go on a media tour or be interviewed extensively by the media or by field experts to get insight on what went on in the jury room during deliberations. In some U.S. jurisdictions,...

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Due Process In The Age Of #MeToo And Social Media

The Importance of Due Process

Another career has quite publicly imploded, right here in Ontario as reverberations of the #metoo momentum hurtle through our province. Patrick Brown, who until news broke, was the leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, reluctantly resigned his post amidst sexual misconduct allegations. Mr. Brown joins a succession of celebrities and politicians in North America who have seen their careers end very recently as a result of improper sexual misconduct allegations, some ranging to several years back, such as in Patrick Brown’s case to the time he was a 22 year old politician in Barrie. Other very recent Canadian...

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Marijuana Legalization – How Should Employers Prepare?

Employers Prepare for Marijuana Legalization

As governments in Canada and Ontario at all levels are taking steps towards the legalization of marijuana this summer, employers will need to consider their employment policies surrounding marijuana use by employees. Although the legislation to legalize marijuana use is still in it’s formulation stages, so far it appears that legal marijuana use will be confined to private dwellings and will not be allowed in public spaces. In this blog we offer some tips on how employers can update their employment policies to include rules about marijuana use in the workplace. There are two types of marijuana use that employers will...

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What The #MeToo Movement Can Teach Us About Workplace Sexual Harassment

#metoo and sexual harassment in the workplace

Time Magazine has named the women who were pivotal in bringing workplace sexual harassment into the international spotlight as Time’s Persons of The Year, and for good reason: The #MeToo movement has propelled very serious issues and particularly the barriers and obstacles faced by sexual harassment victims into the spotlight. We can only hope that the movement will usher in a transformative shift in the way employers and employees think and behave when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. In this blog we discuss some of the steps that employers can take to make sure you’re doing everything you...

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There’s Nothing Fair About Ontario’s “Fair Auto Insurance Plan” For Accident Victims

Neck Injury from Accident

Earlier this week the Ontario Government announced new proposed legislation to address auto insurance called "Ontario’s Fair Auto Insurance Plan”. This newly proposed legislation – the government claims -  will once and for all tackle high insurance premiums.  You have heard that promise before, repeatedly.   It’s perhaps no surprise that the Insurance Bureau of Canada, a national lobby group for insurance companies welcomes the latest changes. Previous government changes to the Insurance Act have reduced benefit amounts that accident victims can claim to minimal sums.   The Government very proudly announced that their plan means millions of tax payer dollars will be...

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Employment Contracts And The Right To Reasonable Notice

Reasonable Notice in Employment Contracts

Getting fired can be one of the most stressful things that can happen to someone.  We don’t like to think about it but even the best employees can be let go when employers’ decide their staffing needs change.  We might assume that we will receive reasonable notice but often can be unpleasantly surprised when we find out what our rights are. Employment relationships are a form of contract, although at one time many jobs were offered on a “handshake”, with the terms of the contract implied through the recognition of general principles developed through cases decided by the courts. A key concept...

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7 Things You Should Know Before Requesting Records From Your Condo

Condominium Records Blog

With the new amendments to the Condominium Act, there will be new rules and guidelines on how condominium corporations and unit owners will deal with records requests. There has been recognition on the regulatory level that unit owners requests for records has been a pesky problem causing grief for condominium corporations and unit owners alike, neither of whom are particularly clear on what their rights and obligations are when a unit owner is seeking records. This is in part due to the fact that the Condominium Act originally enacted in 1998, was relatively untouched until the government recognized the need for clarity and...

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Marijuana Legalization – Good or Bad For Accident Victims?

Marijuana Legalization in Ontario and Personal Injury

This Blog was written with contributions from Kirsten O’Brien, Patient Services Educator at Medical Marijuana Consulting. The forthcoming legalization of marijuana in the summer of 2018 will have wide ranging implications for the law in several areas, including personal injury law.  In this blog we consider marijuana legalization and its potential impact on roadway safety and personal injury victims. A major cause of motor vehicle accidents and serious injury is impaired driving. The legalization of marijuana will create new challenges for the government and police authorities. They will have to work quickly to ensure provisions are in place to identify and prevent...

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Auto Insurance Industry Reaps Profits As Accident Victims Pay The Price Of Reforms

Insurers Reap Profits while Accident Victims Pay

Starting in 1990, successive Ontario governments under pressure to reduce the rising costs of automobile insurance engaged in a long history of changing and amending the way that victims of car accidents would be compensated for their losses and obtain treatment on a timely basis.  The emphasis now was on “no-fault” or “accident benefits where the injured person’s own insurer would cover much of the treatment and economic losses suffered.  The right to sue negligent motorists still existed (“tort”), but in a very limited form. (Check out our blog on Five common myths About Making a Claim After a Car...

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