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Duelling Definitions: The Meaning of the Term “Law” in Insurance Policy Interpretation

  • February 29, 2024
  • Michael A. Valdez, Stieber Berlach LLP

Legal arguments over the meaning of a single term may seem like little more than semantic squabbles to those unfamiliar with insurance law. However, small interpretative disputes are often at the center of high-value insurance claims. The analysis of these disputes frequently determines whether the case ends in a big payout, or with a justifiably denied claim.

Insurance Law, Student Forum

Family Dynamics at the OLC

  • February 27, 2024
  • Gosha G.S. Sekhon, owner/principal lawyer at Sekhon Legal Services

In this article, Gosha Sekhon highlights takeaways from the Family Dynamics plenary of the OBA’s 2024 Ontario Legal Conference, reminding us to get context around a client’s instructions, that experiencing the death of a family member can be a form of trauma, that all human beings see the world through their own unique lens and being a lawyer does not change that, and more.

Student Forum, Trusts and Estates Law

Roadmap to Effective Testamentary Charitable Giving

  • February 27, 2024
  • Rami Aziz, Aziz Law Professional Corporation

On January 17, 2024, the OBA’s Trust and Estates section hosted a panel of experts to discuss testamentary charitable giving. In this article, Rami Aziz discusses this program, starting with a discussion of gifts in kind and the importance of adequately investigating a testator’s assets, and then moving on to discuss strategies for drafting lawyers to minimize risk and considerations when the intention is for donations to be made after death.

Student Forum, Trusts and Estates Law

Report of the Electrification and Energy Transition Panel: Summary, Five Perspectives and Impact Analysis

  • February 23, 2024
  • Alegria Rosales, Mark Rodger, Cherie Brant, Colm Boyle, Sarah Diebel, Kristyn Annis

In January 2024, the Electrification and Energy Transition Panel released a much-anticipated report titled Ontario's Clean Energy Opportunity, outlining 29 recommendations for Ontario to manage and prosper in the clean energy transition path successfully.

Natural Resources and Energy Law, Student Forum

Hey Alexa, Have You Been Hacked? Securing Your Smart Devices Today For A Safer Tomorrow

  • February 22, 2024
  • Sharan Johal, sole practitioner

Smart devices have transformed how we engage with technology in our daily lives, for various purposes such as home security, organization, communication, and entertainment. Despite overwhelming use, IoT devices are not inherently secure – and the lack of security can, in part, be exacerbated due to a user’s tech hygiene. This article explores best practices for promoting a cybersecure landscape in Canada.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Important Changes from the Federal Court’s Amended Consolidated General Practice Guidelines

  • February 22, 2024
  • Jenny Hepditch, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

On December 20, 2023, the Federal Court published the Amended Consolidated General Practice Guidelines. This article provides a summary of key amendments and some friendly reminders from previous practice directions, including guidance on filing electronic records, virtual commissioning, and mode of hearing.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Ontario Divisional Court Interprets Committee of Adjustment Procedural Requirements for Participants

  • February 22, 2024
  • Caroline Jordan and Matthew Lakatos-Hayward

On October 23, 2023, the Ontario Divisional Court (the “Divisional Court”) issued its decision in Loeb v. Toronto (City) (the “Decision”). The Divisional Court made several findings with respect to the standing of third-party participants in a minor variance application to seek judicial review from Committee of Adjustment decisions and opined on the level of fairness owed to participants in a minor variance hearing.

Municipal Law, Student Forum
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Quebec Draft Regulation Under Bill 96

  • February 21, 2024
  • Anastassia Trifonova

An update on the recently published regulations with respect to Bill 96 in Quebec, from the Ontario perspective (for businesses that also operate in QC).

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law