Court’s gatekeeper role in estates cases curbed by decision

In a 2017 decision, the Ontario Superior Court suggested a shift was needed to cut the number of generic consent orders for disclosure that were consigning “parties to lengthy, intrusive, expensive documentary collection and investigation proceedings.” The decision prompted some to believe that judges would play a more active gatekeeping role by applying an evidentiary threshold…

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Employers Take Note: New Obligations regarding Violence and Harassment Policies in the Workplace

The Ontario government recently introduced Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 (the “Bill”). Among the many changes, the Bill builds on the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), focusing on Ontario employers’ duties to implement harassment policies and programs. Expanded Definition of…

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Plenty of Fines? Another cautionary tale of non-compliance with CASL

Failing to follow Canada’s relatively new anti-spam legislation may cost you. In 2014 new anti-spam legislation came into effect. This law requires businesses to get explicit consent from users before sending them an email – implied consent is not enough. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), if a customer provides an email…

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Effective branding can be essential to business success, but protecting one’s brand can be a difficult task. The recent launch of three arguably scandalous domain name extensions provides yet another brand protection challenge for business owners. As of March 30, 2015 businesses and individuals alike have the opportunity to register or buy a domain name…

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An early holiday gift has been sent to estate law practitioners – probate information returns

An early holiday gift has been sent to estate law practitioners. The Ministry of Finance has announced its long-anticipated new probate tax regulations under s.4.1 of the Estate Administration Tax Act, which remain in draft form but should be finalized before the end of the month. The draft regulations indicate that effective January 1, 2015,…

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