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

Credit where credit is due: The Constitutionality of Pre-sentence Custody
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

A step-by-step guide to a criminal case
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Where the Cell Phone Grabber Meets the Jailhouse: The Surveillance of Inmates [and everything else in between] for Contraband
– Reem Zaia, Codified

An Open Letter to Chief Bordeleau
– Michael Spratt

Ottawa Police Training: Chief Bordeleau’s Response
– Michael Spratt

Universal Truths and Criminal Law Reform
– Michael Spratt

Employment & Labour Law

Recent Ministry of Labour Blitz Finds $140,000 Owing to Unpaid Interns
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

The Hypothetical Breach of Contract: Lessons from Garreton v. Complete Innovations
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Fixed-term Contracts: To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate?
– Christopher Rootham, The Workplace Matters

Disability Can Include Slip-and-Fall and Miscarriages
– Janice Payne, The Workplace Matters

Independent Contractor? Call Me What You Want, You Still Owe Me Money
– Sean McGee, The Workplace Matters

How To Be Miti-Great: Five Tips for Looking for New Work
– Andrew Reinholdt, The Workplace Matters

Terminating Senior Management in Quebec: An Employer’s Rights and An Employee’s Entitlements
– Lanise Hayes, The Workplace Matters

Federal Court of Appeal to PSLREB: Your Decision Is Not Miti-Great!
– Andrew Reinholdt, Labour of Law

The Hart of the Matter: Ontario Human Right Tribunal Vice-Chair Hart Addresses the Vulnerability of Foreign Workers in Canada
– Stephanie Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Suspending Board Members: Lessons From George v. The B.C. Wildlife Federation
– Christopher Rootham, Labour of Law

Another Constitutional Win for Unions
– Steve Waller, Labour of Law

Healthcare Unmasked: Is a Hospital’s Vaccinate-or-Mask Policy Unreasonable?
– Stephanie Lewis, Labour of Law

Accommodating Disabilities – Remember the Two-way Street
– Sean McGee, Labour of Law

Divisional Court endorses Wunderman, Rejects Ford v Keegan
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Employees’ Rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code are Not Infringed by a “Failure to Accommodate”
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Human Rights Adjudicator Allows Employee to Take Entire Summer Off to Care for Disabled Child
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Employee “On Probation” Terminated Without Cause after Five Months of Employment Not Entitled to Any Notice: Div Court
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Labour Arbitrator says: “A Finding of Harassment Requires a Departure from Reasonable Conduct.”
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Family Law

Court order against FRO demonstrates lack of discretion
– Timothy Sullivan, Sullivan Law

A Lump Sum Payment for Retroactive Periodic Support Can Be Tax Deductible! (Well, Sometimes…)
– Adrienne Curran, LMR Family Law

Parents Beware: the obligation to encourage a child to see the other parent goes beyond lip service
– Mimi Marrello, Mann Lawyers

No Work Goes Unpaid: Contributions to Property and Constructive Trust Claims
– Meghan O’Halloran, Startup.Buildup.Sellup.

Avoiding Surprises – Tips from a Family Law Lawyer – Part 3
– Michael Chambers, Maclaren Corlett

Life Insurance: Protecting Support Obligations after Death
– Paula Lester, The Family Connection

Indigenous Law

Indigenous Language Education: Is it an Aboriginal Right?
– Alex Keenan, Indigenous Law

Supreme Court expands definition of “Indians”
– Suzanne Dunn, Indigenous Law

IP & Copyright Law

Trademarks require French chaperones in Québec
– Mary Griffith, Maclaren Corlett

Make Sure Your International Trademarks Are Still Protected
– Mary Griffith, Maclaren Corlett

Do I Really Have to Register My Trademark? Common law and Registered Trademarks
– Adam Tracey, IP@nelligan

Practice Management

How the changes to Ontario’s licensing process may affect you
– Sherif Rizk, Codified

5 Legal Principles Everybody Should Know About
– Sherif Rizk, Codified

Privacy & Security Law

Police “Rogues”, Journalists & The Hapless Victims Of Classified Innuendo
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Real Estate & Condominium Law

Joint Use Agreements: Who Pays for the Share of a Condominium Which Never Gets Developed?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

The Limits of Democracy in Ontario Condos
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Are Drones Allowed on Condominium Property?
– Nancy Houle, Condo Law News

Corporation Recovers Extensive Costs It Has Incurred to Recover Past Arrears
– Nancy Houle, Condo Law News

Five Months Considered a Reasonable Timeframe to Adopt Policy Under A Human Rights Settlement
– Kristen Bailey, Condo Law News

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Finds That Co-op Board Failed to Properly Respond to Harassment of Former Board Members
– James Davidson, Condo Law News

Is An Owner’s Email Address Part of Their Address for Service?
– Nancy Houle, Condo Law News

Owner Awarded Damages for Corporation’s Slow Repairs
– James Davidson, Condo Law News

Status Certificates – The Risks for Managers
– James Davidson, Condo Law News

Ottawa Lawyers on Lease Lengths
– Chuck Merovitz, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Does a Commercial Lease Need to be in Writing?
– Marina Abrosimov, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Regulatory Law

Pssst! CNF Need Not Be A Swear Word
– Gordon B. Greenwood, Maclaren Corlett

Wills & Estates Law

So You’ve Been Appointed an Estate Trustee (aka Executor), Now What? – Part 1
– Megan Fife, Maclaren Corlett

What Does Public Policy Have To Do With My Will?
– Paula Lester, Wills and Estates Law Blog

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