Cannabis and the Workplace

June 11th, 2018 by Elisabeth Colson and Shawna Sosnovich

Canada’s proposed Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act, is expected to come into force on July 1, 2018, as will Ontario’s Cannabis Act, 2017.  At that point, in Ontario, it will be legal for individuals aged 19 years and older to purchase and consume cannabis for non-medical purposes, to grow up to 4 plants per household, […]


The Family Rules are Changing on July 1, 2018 and Lawye …

June 7th, 2018 by Ira Marcovitch

Come July 1, 2018, the Family Law Rules (the rules that govern the process of family law court cases in Ontario) will undergo some substantial changes. Changes have been made to the rules that govern the timelines for serving and filing court materials, the rules for costs and the rules for motions and conferences. The […]


Canada to Get Its First Major Update to the Divorce Act …

May 23rd, 2018 by Ira Marcovitch

On May 22, 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-78, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act. While most may be caught by its catchy name, Bill C-78 is something that […]


Legal Grounds For Will Challenges

May 16th, 2018 by Justin Winch

The loss of a loved one can be a devastating and overwhelming experience. While mourning a loss, you may find yourself scrambling to ensure that all of your family’s affairs are in order, especially if you are listed as an Executor, Administrator, or Trustee of an Estate or Trust for the deceased. However, many individuals […]


Part 1: The Construction Act – Proposed Changes t …

Part 1: The Construction Act – Proposed Changes to the Construction Lien Act This is Part 1 of a continuing blog series on the proposed changes to the Construction Lien Act and generally, the enactment of Ontario’s new Construction Act. Background The Construction Lien Act (“CLA”), introduced in 1983, grants special protections to people involved […]


When Does an Executor Pass their Accounts?

April 16th, 2018 by Justin Winch

A passing of accounts is essentially an estate audit.  Much like the CRA can pour over your tax returns with a fine tooth comb, a beneficiary, and later a judge, can review your estate accounting. This is because an executor is required to account for his/her actions to the beneficiaries. However, there is not always […]


CBSA Watchdog with No Teeth?

March 20th, 2018 by Maya Krishnaratne

A report commissioned by Public Safety Canada came to light earlier this year, urging the government to put in place an independent body to review complaints against and make recommendations to the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The new “Canada Law Enforcement Review Commission” would have the ability to initiate […]


Criminal Record vs. Police Records

March 19th, 2018 by David Schell

Those who first come into contact with the criminal justice system often want to know – will I end up having a criminal record?  The typical answer has been that you will only have a criminal record if you are convicted of a criminal offence. However, that answer and the definition of a “criminal record” […]


Introduction of Cannabis Lounges: Good for Users?

March 8th, 2018 by Elisabeth Colson

Cannabis Consumption in Ontario Under the current proposed regulations, the Ontario Government intends to control and operate the sale of marijuana.  The  Liquor Control Board of Ontario will operate approximately 150 stores and sell the product to people aged 19 and older. But what will the rules be for consumption of cannibas?  At present, we […]

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