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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Vanessa Carment - East Region

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Let’s Talk About Inclusive Leadership

  • November 21, 2022
  • Angela Ogang, AngeLAW

On Remembrance Day, I attended the second day of the Council of Nigerian Professionals' 2022 Power of Inclusion virtual event, which focused on inclusive leadership. The panel consisted of a diverse group of corporate and community leaders who shared their professional insights and personal experiences. This is a summary of their insights.

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Truth and Reconciliation in the Legal Profession: A Primer on How to Be a Better Ally Regardless of Your Practice Area

  • October 21, 2022
  • Karlie Nordstrom and Leslie Anne St. Amour

On September 30, 2022, in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the authors spoke at a webinar titled "Reconciliation in the Legal Profession". During the event, they shared insights on a range of questions surrounding truth and reconciliation in the legal profession, to equip legal professionals in all practice areas with the knowledge necessary to play a more active role in truth and reconciliation. This article summarizes some of the key takeaways.

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Hitting the Brakes: Analyzing Accelerated Interest Clauses in the Appellate Decision of First National Financial GP Corporation

  • September 20, 2022
  • Tamie Dolny and Zoi Samonas

On August 31, 2022, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a trial decision in First National Financial GP Corporation v. Golden Dragon Ho 10. Inc., unanimously holding that when a contract is silent on an issue, absent contradicting contractual provisions, a mortgagor must provide additional consideration to amend the agreement to receive a right to prepay and discharge a mortgage.

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Employers Take Note: Employees Must Be Informed of Electronic Monitoring Practices

  • July 25, 2022
  • Elliot Saccucci, Tahir Khorasanee and Isabelle Nazarian

As a result of a recent amendment to the Employment Standards Act as part of Bill 88, employers with 25 or more employees will be required to adopt a written policy on electronic monitoring.  Given the significant number of new obligations, businesses should begin preparing for Bill 88’s implementation now.

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To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: Interlocutory Injunctions in Internet Defamation Actions

To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: Interlocutory Injunctions in Internet Defamation Actions

  • June 30, 2022
  • David Potts

You will quickly find that many people who contact you about internet defamation simply want the statements removed and/or stopped. Their fury and sense of impotence is palpable, but you must be disciplined and avoid transforming a problem into a disaster. In this article, the last in the series “To Sue or Not to Sue for Libel,” cyber libel expert David Potts considers defamation injunctions through various angles.

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To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: Ontario Libel Notices and Limitation Periods

To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: Ontario Libel Notices and Limitation Periods

  • June 21, 2022
  • David Potts

Many plaintiffs find their libel actions barred right at the start for failure to comply with the notice provisions of the Libel and Slander Act ("LSA") when required. However, sometimes the notice provisions have absolutely no application at all. In this article, the fourth in the series “To Sue or Not to Sue for Libel,” cyber libel expert David Potts briefly addresses what publications are covered by the LSA and at what stage of the proceedings the determination is made.

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All Good Things Come to an End: Court of Appeal Overturns Rahman Decision that Distinguished Waksdale

  • June 15, 2022
  • Natalie Garvin

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has now overturned the Superior Court of Justice’s decision in Rahman, finding that the “just cause” provision in the employment contract contravened the Employment Standards Act, 2000. This is yet another decision confirming and applying Waksdale and its strict interpretation of employment agreements regardless of contextual factors and the sophistication of the parties.

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A Supreme Evening with Honourable Justice Rosalie Abella and Honourable Justice Mahmud Jamal

  • June 04, 2022
  • Angela Ogang

It’s not every day that one gets to rub shoulders with judges of the Supreme Court of Canada. In fact, the closest I had ever been to a Supreme Court judge prior to last week’s Gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto was back in 2007 when I visited Ottawa and signed up for a tour of the highest court in the land. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to attend the OBA gala in honour of Justice Rosalie Abella and Justice Mahmud Jamal on May 26, 2022. And what a supreme evening it was, indeed!

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To Sue or Not to Sue for Defamation: How Are Internet Libel Actions Different from Offline Libel Actions? (Part 2)

  • June 04, 2022
  • David Potts

Most lawyers retained on cyberlibel actions never ask themselves how internet and offline libel actions differ, to the detriment of their client. Admittedly, it is a large and complex topic, and it requires an understanding of internet technology, reputation management, information warfare and strategic studies as well as defamation law, so in this article, I will just sketch the differences. 

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