Another failure to implement random alcohol and drug te …

May 26th, 2014

Michelle Stephenson, Summer Law Student Suncor Energy Inc. has recently attempted to implement a mandatory, random drug and alcohol testing policy among employees in “safety-sensitive” or “specified” positions at their oil sands work site Fort McMurray, Alberta. These positions are held by about 82% of the 3,383 union members employed at the site. The union […]


Top Court Gives Nod to Expanded Use of Summary Judgment …

May 22nd, 2014

This blog was written by Ira Marcovitch, Summer law student. On January 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin and, in doing so, gave a sweeping endorsement to the expanded use of summary judgment in Ontario. In doing so, the Court seized on the opportunity to provide some […]


Copyright Law and 3D Printing: with Great Opportunity c …

May 21st, 2014

Imagine the ability to play music on a guitar that was created from a 3D printer or being able to print your own new pair of high heels. Imagine being able to capture these moments with your camera lens that you also made from your 3D printer. 3D printing could be the next big thing. […]


How To Register Your Lien

May 20th, 2014

Leaning towards liening? Don’t wait until the last minute to register your lien. In my nine years of practicing law, I think I can count on one hand the number of times that my clients have given me more than three days to register their liens. It seems that most clients hold out hope until […]


Obtaining Child Support

May 19th, 2014

Toronto Family Law lawyer, John Schuman was asked this question: “The father of my daughter’s two kids is refusing to pay child support because he is making her car payment. At the same time he is driving a car that is in her name which she is paying the insurance for. He uses the car, […]


I have been fired, it was unfair and I want to do somet …

May 15th, 2014

Two fundamental and common questions in employment law are: 1. What are the repercussions if an employee is fired without reasonable notice? 2. What are the responsibilities of an employee who has been fired? Both of these questions are addressed by Quebec‘s highest court in Daunais c. Allstate du Canada. In this case, the respondent […]


Alimony Payments

May 13th, 2014

John Schuman, Toronto Family Law lawyer at Devry Smith Frank LLP, was asked this question just recently: “I am divorced and was told I had to pay her alimony for the rest of my life. She got the house and I got to keep my pension, but now I still have to pay her monthly […]


Legal Jurisdiction Where a Common Law Couple Has Lived …

May 10th, 2014

This blog is written by Michelle Stephenson a summer law student at DSF. A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision dealt with a situation relevant to many family law clients. Specifically, it dealt with what legal jurisdiction applies when a couple has split their time between two places, in this case Florida and Ontario. In […]


Family Caregivers Bill Passes Final Reading

May 9th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, the Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014 (Bill 21) passed third reading. The new legislation expands upon the existing family medical leave provisions and creates three new job-protected leaves: 1. Family Caregiver Leave: up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to provide care or support […]

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