The following articles are published by OBA Sections, including the Student Section. Members are encouraged to submit articles.

Editor: Victoria Shariati


No Just Cause for Termination Despite Teacher’s Lack of Professional Judgment

  • January 30, 2023
  • Aileen Gardiner

Teachers must behave professionally and respect boundaries in their relationships with students; however, a failure to do so is not necessarily just cause for dismissal. Before dismissal, the school board may be expected to provide guidance on the boundary between being a “caring adult” and inappropriate conduct.

Education Law, Student Forum

Court of Appeal Finds Section 8 of the Charter's Privacy Protections Apply to Employees in School Workplaces

  • January 30, 2023
  • Andrew Easto

This detailed case summary reviews the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario v. York Region District School Board. In this groundbreaking decision, the Court of Appeal held that section 8 of the Charter applies to the actions of principals conducting workplace investigations. Further, the Court found that the Board’s investigation violated the teachers’ reasonable expectation of privacy and constituted an unreasonable search under section 8.

Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, Education Law, Student Forum

An Update on the Mandatory Disclosure Rules

  • January 19, 2023
  • Lisa Watzinger, senior associate, KPMG Law LLP, and Emily Zhong, associate, KPMG Law LLP

The implementation of changes to the Mandatory Disclosure Rules as proposed in the 2021 federal budget continues to be a multi-year process. The proposed changes include broadening the scope of the existing reportable transaction rules, enacting notifiable transaction rules and enacting uncertain tax treatment rules. Recently, the government renewed its commitment to implementing the proposed rules, but their coming into force has mixed timing.

Student Forum, Taxation Law

A Year in Review 2022 - Top Five Privacy Developments in Canada

  • January 18, 2023
  • Roland Hung (Torkin Manes LLP)

2022 was an eventful year for privacy law in Canada. The Canadian privacy landscape saw significant changes, as stakeholders at all levels recognized the need to keep up with a data-driven world. This article summarizes the top five recent developments that businesses and stakeholders should be aware of.

Privacy Law, Student Forum
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So, You Want to Become a Lawyer … Faster?

  • January 16, 2023
  • Oksana Romanov

Lincoln Alexander School of Law student Oksana Romanov recounts her professional placement at Buzaker Law Firm, and offers her insight to other students pursuing similar placements or articling positions.

Student Forum

A Brief Overview of the New Toronto Vacant Home Tax 

  • January 16, 2023
  • Birute Luksenaite

Effective January 1, 2022, the City of Toronto has begun to levy an annual 1% property-value-based tax on vacant residential properties (the Vacant Home Tax or “VHT”). VHT was codified in the new Chapter 778 of Part 2 (General By-Laws) of the Municipal Code, which Part already contained, inter alia, the City’s property tax and land transfer tax provisions. 

Student Forum, Taxation Law