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 […]


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 […]

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