Please find below links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in September and October.

Civil Litigation

Ontario’s Small Claims Court Raising its $$ Limits
– David Plotkin, Condo Adviser

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants
– Robert J. De Toni, Merovitz Potechin LLP

What Happens When a Landlord Defaults on their Mortgage?
– Kelli-Anne Day, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Canadian Neighbours Go To Battle Over Maple Tree
– The Ontario Wills and Estates Law Blog

Recreational Trails And Non-Urban Property Use: “Risks Willingly Assumed”
– Najma Rashid, OTLA

No “Home Free” Defence for Commercial Host
– Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

Is it Time for a Royal Commission on Occupational Illness & Compensation?
– Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Injured Workers Seek UN Recommendations on Deeming
– Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Interim Construction Adjudication Takes Effect in October 2019
– Bryce Dillon & Keith A. MacLaren, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

Condominium Law

The 10-Day Countdown to Condo Liens is Not as Simple as it Sounds
– Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

Condo Declaration May Not Impose an Obligation to Lease Parking in Perpetuity
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condo’s Legal Bills Sent to be Assessed
– Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

Court Expands Condo Lien Notification Requirements
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Harassment in the Condominium Setting
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Buyer Beware: Enhanced Disclosure for Purchasers of Pre-construction Condominiums
– Emily Deng, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Condominium Landlords Can Be Held Responsible for their Tenants
– Mohiminol Khandaker, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

What’s in a Majority? The Buzz on By-Laws
– Andrea Daly, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Criminal Law

Behind the Scenes of Doug Ford’s Legal Aid Guarantee
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

8 Ways to Fix the Justice System
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

October 2019 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

September 2019 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Coming Into Force: Changes In Criminal Law From Bill C-75
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Criminal Justice Policy Should Be Publicly Debated During Election Campaigns
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

How Trudeau Liberals Failed on the Justice File
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Why Reactionary Legislating Makes for Bad Law
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Requirement that Applicants be Legally Permitted to Work in Canada on “Permanent” Basis a Discriminatory Act
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Affirmative Action in University Admissions – What We Can Learn from Harvard
– Alayna Miller, Mann Lawyers

Benefits for Employees Over 65
– Eytan B. Rip, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Continuing to Work for the Same Employer After Resigning from Employment
– Emily Cumbaa, Raven Law

Accommodations of Disability Not Carved in Stone
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

“Failsafe” Language Fails to Save Termination Provision
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Employer ordered to pay $120,000.00 for discriminatory hiring practices
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Taking It Back: When can an Employee Retract a Resignation from Employment?
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Update on Limitation Periods in Long Term Disability Claims
– Raphaelle Laframboise-Carignan, Raven Law

Severance Denied for Disabled Plaintiff
– Nigel McKechnie, Mann Lawyers

Ontario Court of Appeal addresses termination clauses – here we go again! Andros v Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., 2019 ONCA 679
– Christopher C. Rootham, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

General Interest

The Day Canada Became a Nation – Remembrance post
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

IP & Copyright Law

Duels, Dualities, and Destiny in Canadian Copyright – a Snapshot at Summer’s End 2019
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Update on Canadian Copyright Mass Litigation – September Snapshot
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

The 30th (or 83rd?) Anniversary of Canada’s Copyright Board: Waiting for Version 3.0
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

The Retailers Strike Back with a Motion to Strike in the Allarco Litigation
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

The War on Piracy and the Attacks on Privacy in Canada: Copyright and Collateral Damage
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

The CBC – Canada’s National State Subsidized Broadcaster – Confronts in Court the Conservative Party and Copyright Law 10 Days Before the Federal Election: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Canada’s new patent regime coming into force October 30, 2019 – beware of pitfalls for reinstatement of rights
– Wendy Lamson, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

Changes to Canada’s Patent practice: Impact on National phase entry
– Kevin Banaschewski, Mark J. Sprigings & Kevin O’Neill, Gowling WLG

Practice Management

Skill Sets 2: Reading Often, Reading Well
– K. Scott McLean, Mann Lawyers

Diversonomics Season 4 Episode 3: Partnership Admission: Addressing the Risk of Unconscious Gender Bias
– Roberto Aburto, Cindy Kou & Peter J. Lukasiewicz, Gowling WLG

Diversonomics Season 4 Episode 2: Disability and Inclusion: The Challenges of Access and Finding Meaningful Employment
– Roberto Aburto & Cindy Kou, Gowling WLG

The new legal economy
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

The rise of the lawyer
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

Real Estate Law

Grandfathered – Legal Non-Confirming Right, Property Owners and Zoning
– Philip M. Osterhout, Soloway Wright

Understanding Bill 108 More Homes More Choice for Developers and Municipalities
– Philip M. Osterhout, Soloway Wright

Drugs, Murder and Nudists – What Must be Disclosed During a Real Estate Sale in Ontario?
– Michael Brown, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada Holds that the Common Law Does Not Empower the Police to Arrest a Person Who is Acting Lawfully
– Jordan Diacur & Jeff Beedell, Gowling WLG

Tech Law

Hacked, cracked or breached: What’s in a name when it comes to privacy?
– Wendy J. Wagner & Sarah Boucaud, Gowling WLG

Wills & Estates

Can You Execute Your Will in Ontario by Blinking?
– Yasmin M. Vinograd, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Predatory Marriages: The Growing Trend in Ontario
– Meagan Jennings, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Changes Coming to Ontario’s Probate Fees
– The Ontario Wills and Estates Law Blog


We include highlights of recent posts and articles from Ottawa-area blogs that are of substantive value to the legal community. Did we miss one? Let us know!

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