Changing Weekend Visitation

February 14th, 2018 by John Schuman

Family Lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: My ex wants to keep my daughter this weekend and it is my weekend. I live in Ontario and this is a court ordered agreement. What can I do about this?   John’s answer: A carefully drafted separation agreement, Family Court Order,  or parenting plan will […]


Landlords Want to Ban Pot in Rentals

February 7th, 2018 by Shawna Sosnovich

Some residential landlords want to be able to ban the use of marijuana smoking in rental units when recreational use is legalized. Currently, the Residential Tenancies Act does not include explicit rules about smoking substances of any kind in a rental property.  The new marijuana laws do not contain rules for renters engaging in recreational […]


Concerns with Canada’s Plan for Marijuana Regulation

February 6th, 2018 by Elisabeth Colson

Canada’s approach to cannabis regulation has some people worrying. The federal government’s resources for guidance in developing the existing regulations including those regarding control by the federal and provincial governments, may not have been the best. The federal government looked to tobacco and alcohol for guidance in drafting the cannabis regulations.  The problem is that […]


What Happens When Your Child’s School Registratio …

January 31st, 2018 by John Schuman

Family and Education lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: What are the legal penalties for someone who has filled out an Ontario elementary school registration form with false information concerning a court child custody order?   John’s Answer: This question is a good one because it touches on the intersection between schools, parents, […]


Failure to Contact Interpreter Critical in Decision to …

January 29th, 2018 by David Schell

In the recent case of R. v. John, a summary conviction appeal court set aside a conviction for Over 80 as a result of the police not contacting an interpreter when they should have done so. In this case the first language of the accused was Tamil.  He was arrested and advised of his rights […]


Can My Parents Take A Condo From Me That They Purchased …

January 19th, 2018 by John Schuman

Family Lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: My parents purchased a condo under my name, is there a way for them to legally take the condo back? I live in Ontario, Canada. Due to some conflicts with my parents, they are claiming that by law they can force me to give back the […]


UPDATE: “Crane Girl” Granted Absolute Discharge

January 11th, 2018 by

If you remember “Crane Girl”, an adventure-seeking woman by the name of Marisa Lazo who scaled a crane in April last year, you may have noticed she is in the news this morning. Back in April, she made her way to the top of a crane which was estimated to be about 12 storeys high […]


Personal Growth and Use Limitations

January 9th, 2018 by Dan Rothberg

The Cannabis Act, once in force, prescribes a number of limitations regarding the personal cultivation and consumption of marijuana in Canada.  For example, the Act permits anyone over the age of 18 to consume cannabis and permits each household to grow up to 4 cannabis plants for personal use.  However, the legislation also permits each […]


Tim Hortons Franchises Reduce Employee Benefits

January 8th, 2018 by Justin Winch

The news has been filled with stories about certain Tim Hortons franchises reducing employee benefits and no longer paying employees for their breaks. What these franchises have done is a shock to many, especially so to their employees. Despite this media storm, what these franchises have done is completely legal and complies with the Ontario’s […]

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