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Ottawa Blog Roll: December 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 was a great year for Ottawa Law Blogs, and we are so pleased that so many Ottawa bloggers showed up in this year’s Clawbies, the Canadian Law Blog Awards. We are so incredibly honoured and grateful that Robeside Assistance was recognized as the winner in the Best Law Library Blog Award category!

Congratulations also to our fellow Ottawa bloggers:

And without further ado, below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in December.

Civil Litigation

So You Want to Appeal… (Part 2): Appealing a decision from Small Claims Court
– Megan E. Fife, Maclaren Corlett

Is WSIB Discriminating Against Workers with Mental Illness?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Penalties for Drivers in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Is Ontario Car-Biased?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Social Host Liability
– Burke-Robertson LLP

Man Loses Millions to His Kids in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Minister Facing Numerous Charges in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Man Bankrupts Mother in Case of Financial Elder Abuse
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Condominium Law

Using a By-law to Control Parking
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Can Condo Owners Lease Out Their Parking Space?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Airbnb Is Incompatible with The “Single Family Use” Provision of Most Condo Declarations
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Regulations Under the Legislation to Regulate Condo Managers Are Out For Consultation!
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

A Canadian Christmas Story: Remembering the Battle of Ortona
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

The “Airbnb” Decision is Out
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

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Ottawa Blog Roll: November 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in November.

Civil Litigation

So You Want to Appeal… (Part 1 – General Overview)
– Megan E. Fife, Maclaren Corlett

Vicarious liability: You are liable for the actions of people who have “possession” of your vehicle with your “consent”
– Burke-Robertson LLP

Safeguarding the Arbitration Process: Court deters frivolous claims of arbitrator bias
– R. Aaron Rubinoff and John Siwiec, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

A Brief Review of Social Host Liability in Canada
– Ally Czarnowski, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Condominium Law

Courts Will Protect Condo Board Decisions… made in good faith
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Register Your Condo Lien Early or Risk Losing It
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condominium Declaration, By-laws and Rules: What’s the Difference?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

How Much Time Does a Condo Have to Register a Lien ? (Part 2)
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

First-Year Deficit of a Condominium Corporation
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Case Law Highlights
– James Davidson, Condo Law News

New Authorities Under Bill 106
– James Davidson, Condo Law News

Discovery of Claims Requires Asking the Right Questions
– Christy Allen, Condo Law News

Corporate Commercial Law

VIDEO BLOG: SPACs and CPCs: Alternatives to Private Equity and Traditional IPOs
– Conor Cronin, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

Marijuana dispensaries wait as report on Canada’s legalization due Nov. 29, 2016 – Risk of charges continues
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

“We all share blame”: Reconciliation and sentencing in R v. Pelletier
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

October Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

In the News: Publication Ban and the Presumption of Innocence
– Shore Davis Johnston

The RCMP Needs You Scared – and the Media Seems Happy to Help
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Are the Liberals Missing the Will to Change the Status Quo
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

When the Most Qualified Candidate Does Not Win
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Dismissed employee receives punitive damages award
– Wassim Garzouzi, RavenLaw

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Ottawa Blog Roll: October 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in October.

Civil Litigation

Pay When Paid Clauses
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

Auto Insurance Coverage: You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Till It’s Gone
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Having trouble locating and serving a defendant? You may want to consider substituted service upon their liability insurer.
– Nicholas Krakana, Girones Lawyers

The Steps in a Civil Litigation Action
– Alexandra Ormond, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Canada’s New Eligible Capital Property Tax Regime and What It Means for Canadian Controlled Private Corporations
– Kentt Coburn, Startup.Buildup.Sellup.

Integrity and Good Governance is more than Paperwork
– Michael A. Chambers, Maclaren Corlett

Criminal Law

Are the Ottawa Police Racist?
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Criminal Defence Lawyers Oil the Machinery of Justice, and We Pay For That Privilege
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Joint positions and the administration of justice
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

The legality of sexting
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

September Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

New penalties for drug-impaired driving take effect Oct. 2, 2016, in Ontario
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

Parliament considering tough new impaired driving laws
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

Legalized Marijuana: Lessons From the U.S. Experience
– Tim McCunn and Alicia Czarnowski, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Active Employment and Employee Bonus Entitlements
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Wrongful resignation: Revisiting the employee obligation to provide reasonable notice
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Duty to Provide an Employer with Reasonable Notice of Termination
– Jill Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Deletion of Browser History in Failed Attempt to Protect Privacy Not Spoliation of Evidence
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Mitigation – It Doesn’t Happen In A Vacuum
– Christopher Rootham, The Workplace Matters

Changing Workplaces Review: Update The Definition of “Employee”?
– Janice Payne, The Workplace Matters

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Ottawa Blog Roll: September 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in September.

Civil Litigation

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits – A Primer
– Najma Rashid, OTLA Blog

Ottawa’s Cyclist Safety Crisis
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

What is a “Rule 49” Offer to Settle?
– Alexandra Ormond, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Agreements of Purchase and Sale Must be Completed in Good Faith
– Noah Potechin, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Video Blog – Management Buyout as Succession Plan Option
– Robert P. Kinghan, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

A Picture May Be Worth a Thousand Words, But the Fairness When It Comes to the Justice System is Priceless
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Can’t Sneak That Third Party In The Back Door
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Objective Validity: Is That Sufficient?
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Invitation To Knock? Depends If You Are Investigating Or Searching…
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

The Basics of Bail
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

August Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

“Age is an impediment”: Fair severance for older employees in Ontario
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Surviving Your Performance Improvement Plan
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

For Your Eyes Only – Privacy and Digital Technology
– Paul Taylor-Sussex, Labour of Law

Being “Reckless With the Truth” Not Just Cause for Termination
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Will Wood Finally Answer the Question of Benefits? There’s Hope.
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Emotional Upset Not Enough for Award of General Damages: ONCA
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

It’s All In Your Head! When Should You Report A Head Injury?
– Peggy King, Labour of Law

Terminations during the Probationary Period: Three Common Assumptions
– Colleen Hoey, Mann Lawyers

Fiduciary Employees Held to a Higher Standard
– Jill Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Restrictive Covenants: What Are My Rights Post-Employment?
– Stephanie Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Family Law

Attending Kids’ Events: Whose Turn is It?
– Dana Du Perron, The Family Connection

Donor Sperm: Buyer Beware?
– Erin Lepine and Paul Taylor-Sussex, The Family Connection

Cost Recovery in Family Law Litigation
– Tess Brown, LMR Family Law

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Ottawa Blog Roll: August 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in August.

Civil Litigation

“Lo and behold, it turned out that the driver was playing Pokemon Go”
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Is Ontario’s New One-Meter Passing Rule Actually Protecting Cyclists?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Corporate Commercial Law

Ontario Adopts New Forfeited Corporate Property Act
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

Equity Crowdfunding – How Is It Working
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

New Bills Introduced to the Craft Beverage Industry
– Conor Cronin, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

On feminism and criminal defence
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

July Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Drunk on power: proposed changes to impaired driving law in Canada
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Recognizing Statutory Experts
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Looked Like A Gun, Walked Like A Gun, Quacked Like A Gun
– Sarah Sullivan, Mack’s Criminal Law

Liberals May Change Minimum Sentence… For the Worse
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

It’s Time to Record the Police
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

How Could Phoenix Payroll Land the Feds in Hot Water? Let Us Count the Ways
– Sarah Clowater, Labour of Law

Employers Responsible for Protecting Employees from Harassment on Twitter
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd: The victory for workers that almost wasn’t
– Amanda Montague Reinholdt, Raven Law

NS to Junior Hockey Players: Labour Protection? Who Needs It!
– Andrew Reinholdt, Labour of Law

The Strudwick Decision – When Employers Get What They Deserve
– Andrew Reinholdt, The Workplace Matters

Fixed-term Contracts: 10 Things You Should Know
– Jill Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Earned Bonuses: Payable upon Termination?
– Dana Du Perron, The Workplace Matters

Filing A Ministry of Labour Complaint
– Alison McEwen, The Workplace Matters

Arbitrations vs. Trials: What’s the Difference?
– Karine Dion, Labour of Law

Bore out: Workplace boredom and employer liability
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Validity of Termination Clauses in Employment Contracts
– Kelli-Anne Day, Merovitz Potechin LLP

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Ottawa Blog Roll: July 2016

Hope everyone is having a good summer! Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in July.

Civil Litigation

Lessons From Tragedy: What We Can Learn From Fatal Bike Accidents in Ontario
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure
– R. Aaron Rubinoff and John Siwiec, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

What happens when cyclists are involved in motor vehicle accidents?
– Isaac da Silva Aboo, Summer Student, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

The Limits of Personal Liability Coverage
– Brett Hodkins, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Aslan et al., 2016 ONSC 2725
– Najma Rashid, OTLA BLog

Corporate Commercial Law

Ontario is Proposing to Repeal the Bulk Sales Act
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

New – Reporting Requirements For Prospectus Exemptions
– Koby Smutylo, Smutylo Law+

Till Debt Do Us Part: Picking Partners for Business
– Megan Martins, Momentum Law

Criminal Law

Black Lives Matter: Police Accountability in Ontario
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

June Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

The right to a speedy trial overhauled by Supreme Court of Canada
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

Expect Delays: Right to a Speedy Trial
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

The Penile Swab: Extraction, Retention and Admissibility in a Court of Law
– Reem Zaia, Codified

Employment & Labour Law

Pokémon GO: A contemporary example of how new technology can impact the workplace
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Q&A: Vacation Entitlements for Ontario Employees and Employers
– Jonathan Ferris, Vey Willetts LLP

Having Faith
– Alayna Miller, Mann Lawyers

Arbitrators and Human Rights Tribunals Taking Their Lead From Courts?
– Sean T. McGee, Labour of Law

Where Can I Find That Case? A Short Guide To Finding Labour Cases
– Christopher Rootham, Labour of Law

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Ottawa Blog Roll: June 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in June.

Civil Litigation

Types of Damages in Defamation Actions
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

Libel & Slander Act v The Internet
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

Litigating Birth Brachial Plexus Cases in Canada
– Andrea Girones, Girones Lawyers

Advocates Call for Investigation into WSIB
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Injured Workers Rally at Queen’s Park: “It is Workers’ Compensation, Not Employers’ Compensation”
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Priority Disputes in the World of Accident Benefits
– Tania Fleming, Diamond & Diamond

When Whiplash Isn’t Just Whiplash
– Steven Wilder, Diamond & Diamond

Ottawa Cycling Accident and the One-Meter Rule
– David Hollingsworth

Corporate Commercial Law

Verbal Agreements: “This call will be recorded for quality-assurance purposes”
– Megan Martins, Momentum Law

Does Your Company Need a Sedar Profile?
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

B Corporations – The Business World’s Version of ‘Certified Organic’
– Maria-Cristina Harris, Mann Lawyers

The Importance of a Well-Drafted Asset Purchase Agreement
– Marina Abrosimov, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Notice Re RSP – 100 – Certification Of Radio Apparatus
– Koby Smutylo

Criminal Law

The Liberal Party’s War on Drugs
– Michael Spratt

Ottawa Crown Bury Head in Sand on Bail Failures
– Michael Spratt

Sketching a Rehabilitative Program in the Institutional Setting for Inmates Convicted of Terrorism-Related Offences
– Reem Zaia, Codified

Looking for Ashley
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

May Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

Silence Proves Costly: Employment Agreements and Reasonable Notice
– Paul Willets, Vey Willets LLP

Learning from the ‘Special One’: Constructive Dismissal from Employment
– Paul Willets, Vey Willets LLP

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Ottawa Blog Roll: May 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community through May.

Civil Litigation

The use of Facebook and Twitter to defame someone can be costly
– Marc Quinn, Ottawa Injury Lawyer

Can You Count on WSIB?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Auto Insurance Premiums Are Going Down… Along with Coverage and Benefits
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Corporate Commercial Law

The Beauty of Trade Associations
– Gordon B. Greenwood, Maclaren Corlett

Not-For-Profit vs. For-Profit, Purpose-Driven Businesses
– Heather Lovell, Momentum Business Law

Proposed Amendments to Franchise Legislation
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

Criminal Law

The ‘Dickensian Hellscape of our Jails
– Michael Spratt

5 ways The Good Wife is exactly like real life*
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Psychiatrists in the Courtroom, Murder, and the Nexus to the Lay Person
– Reem Zaia, Codified

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Ottawa Blog Roll: April 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community through the first half of April.

Civil Litigation

It’s time to open the civil litigation door for sexual assault victims
– Sherif Rizk, Codified Law Blog

It’s Official: Distracted Driving Is Just As Dangerous As Impaired Driving
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Could “Hot Tubbing” Bring Fairness to Personal Injury Claims in both Tort and Accident Benefits?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Changes ahead for Accident Benefits Dispute Resolution
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Compensation from one, several or all
– David Hollingsworth, The Lawyers Weekly

Occupiers’ Liability for Unmarked Hazards
– Danesh Rana, Burke-Robertson LLP

Corporate Law

USAs and Corporate Law: Letting Friends Stay Friends
– Gordon B. Greenwood, Maclaren Corlett LLP

Crowdfunding those benjamins!
– André Martin, Mann Lawyers

Criminal Law

Tasked with change: finding solutions to the Ottawa jail
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

March Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

My Brain Made Me Do It: Neuroscience & Criminal Law
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Constitutional Jurisdiction – Confirmed
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Realistically Dangerous
– Louise Tansey, Mack’s Criminal Law

Some Is All You Need
– Louise Tansey, Mack’s Criminal Law

Marijuana production conviction for selling gardening supplies in Ontario?
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

Private Member’s Bills: Torture Abhors a Vacuum
– Michael Spratt

Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system
– Miriam Martin, Avant Law LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Uber and the Sharing Model – An Update
– Alison McEwen, The Workplace Matters

Diverse Workforces are an Important Key to Success
– Karine Dion, The Workplace Matters

Why Restaurants Need to Get Rid of Sexist Workplace Uniform Policies
– Alison McEwen, The Workplace Matters

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Ottawa Blog Roll: March 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community through the first half of March.

Civil Litigation

Primer on Fraudulent Conveyance Claims
– Owen Bourns, Ottawa Litigation

From FSCO to the LAT: Procedural Changes to Accident Benefits Disputes
– Najma Rashid, OTLA Blog

BC and Ontario Are Cracking Down on Insurance Fraud – But At What Cost?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Solving Ontario’s Auto Insurance IME Problem
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Constitutional Law

Allard Et Al V. Canada Federal Court Decision Favours Patient’s Rights And LPs
– Koby Smutylo, Smutylo Law+

Criminal Law

Fixing our Broken Bail System
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Believing Complainants & Reasonable Doubt
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

February Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Text me, will ya? Cell Phones, Search Warrants and Privacy in the Digital Forum
– Reem Zaia, Codified

Ontario DUI dismissed due to mistreatment in police custody
– Brett McGarry, McGarry Law

The Plight of the Accused: David vs Goliath
– Michael Spratt

Think Making a Murderer Can’t Happen in Canada? Think Again
– Michael Spratt

Sexual Assaults Are Acts Of Power, Aggression And Control
– Sarah Sullivan, Mack’s Criminal Law

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