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

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Construction Project Owners: New Sources of Legal Risk under Ontario’s OHSA

Construction Project Owners: New Sources of Legal Risk under Ontario’s OHSA

  • May 18, 2021
  • Sahil Shoor, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

In this article, Sahil Shoor provides a detailed breakdown of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Ontario (Labour) v Sudbury (City), which may significantly increase the risk of legal exposure for an owner of a construction project.

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Sina Hariri

Breaking From Work When You Work From Home

  • May 01, 2021
  • Sina Hariri

In conversations with colleagues, the two challenges they continue to express when working from home are how to “remember to take regular breaks” and “stop working and switch off.” Finding what works best for you can be a matter of trial and error. And with the recent series of lockdowns, you’ll likely have plenty of time for both.

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Joshua Lerner

A Pandemic Bright Spot: Virtual Health Care

  • May 01, 2021
  • Joshua Lerner

Notwithstanding the varied responses that remote meetings elicit, there is little doubt that the shift toward virtual health care has been a bright spot during the pandemic. In this article, Joshua shares some examples of virtual health care resources which are convenient ways for all of us, whether a young lawyer or not, to manage our health during such a difficult time. 

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Emma Romano

The Pitfalls of Publication Bans in Sexual Assault Cases

  • May 01, 2021
  • Emma Romano, media & defamation lawyer, WeirFoulds LLP

In March 2021, a Waterloo woman was convicted of violating a publication ban issued in a sexual assault case in which she was the victim. Although this is reportedly the first prosecution of its kind in Canada against a victim of sexual assault, what transpired is indicative of pervasive misunderstandings about the application and purpose of publication bans in sexual assault cases.

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Natalie Garvin, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LPP

The Great Debate: Mandatory Vaccination Policies

  • April 21, 2021
  • Natalie Garvin, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LPP

While mandatory vaccination policies can be devised and implemented in a number of ways, employers should consider a number of associated risk factors and legal obligations before deciding whether a mandatory policy is right for their workplace.

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Why You (Yes, You) Should Have a Power of Attorney

  • March 30, 2021
  • Calvin Hancock, associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Many young lawyers may not think that having powers of attorney is necessary at this early point in their career. Calvin Hancock makes the compelling case for why everyone, including young lawyers, ought to execute power of attorney documentation.

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Buyer Beware: Rights of a Buyer When Purchasing A Resale Home

  • March 30, 2021
  • Ashley Bennett, associate, Soloway Wright LLP

In today's hot real estate market, buyers may forget that "buyer beware" is more than just a pithy phrase and that caveat emptor continues to apply to the purchase of resale homes. This article gives prospective home buyers a background on their rights and provides tips on how to avoid being caught without recourse if their dream home ends up not being such a dream after all.

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Photo of a man protesting holding a sign that has a closed fist and says No Justice No Peace

Black History Month 2021: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

  • February 25, 2021
  • Angela Ogang, Newsletter Editor, Young Lawyers Division (Central)

We have to continuously speak about freedom, equality and equity because these are things that matter to all of us and they are constantly under attack. We need to take a deep dive into the lives of our heroes and trailblazers and see what lessons can be learned and applied to the challenges that we are facing today.

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Tiana Knight

A Seat at the Table

  • February 24, 2021
  • Tiana Knight, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, JD Candidate, 2021

Black history is Canadian history—is world history—and during the month of February, not only is it important to discuss the accomplishments of Black lawyers and legal professionals, but also the work that still needs to be done to create a seat at the table for everyone within the profession.

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