Kivalliq Hall designated as an Indian Residential School

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September 18, 2018
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In another step forward for Inuit Canadians who attended federal residential schools, a court has concluded that Kivalliq Hall, a high school and student residence constructed in Nunavut in the 1980s, was Canada’s joint responsibility and should therefore be added as an institution pursuant to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. This means that attendees will be eligible for compensation by the Government of Canada under the Agreement.

Personal Injury Lawsuits: How Much Will I Get?

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September 10, 2018
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When I meet with a personal injury client for the first time, the question I hear most often is: “Thanks for meeting with me, but how much money am I going to get?” Although I can provide you a range of expected damages early in your case, I cannot assess your damages until we consult an expert to provide me with an opinion as to your prognosis and needs.

Land surveys: who owns the copyright?

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July 27, 2018
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Does copyright for land surveys belong to the Crown or the surveyor? Our latest Real Estate blog post explores a recent case that looked at surveys registered with the land registry system.

Peter Cronyn Featured in Lawyers Daily Article – Part 1

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May 7, 2018
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Peter Cronyn was featured in a Lawyers Daily article this week, called “Wrongful impregnation of patients with fertility doctors’ own sperm raises novel criminal law questions, experts say”. It is the first in a two-part series. The piece looks at the legal implications of misconduct in fertility treatment, and discusses Dr Norman Barwin, the fertility doctor who is alleged to have inseminated patients with the wrong sperm, sometimes his own.

Copyright for Animal Selfies – Monkey Business?

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May 4, 2018
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Can a monkey sue for copyright infringement? Our latest Intellectual Property blog post looks at the “monkey selfie” copyright dispute and the relevant law in Canada.

Michel Nolet Featured in Law Times Article

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May 3, 2018
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Indigenous lawyer Michel Nolet was recently featured in an article in the Law Times about the developing class action related to the “Indian hospitals”. These were operational in Canada between 1945 and 1981, and it is alleged that many Indigenous people suffered abuse and mistreatment at these institutions.

What are the Duties of an Estate Trustee?

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May 1, 2018
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Most people are happy to agree to be an estate trustee at some future date, but they may not have a true understanding of what it entails. And when someone dies and you are thrust into that role, it can be very overwhelming. You may be thinking: where do I even begin? Below is an outline of the basic duties of an estate trustee.

The Right to One’s Image – Privacy Laws in Quebec

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April 23, 2018
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The civil remedies available to deal with the problem of “revenge porn” are still in their early stages of development in Ontario. By contrast, the principles applicable to these cases have been settled for quite some time in Quebec. This post looks compares Ontario privacy law with the law in Quebec.

Dr. Barwin – Media Coverage

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April 12, 2018
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The story of Dr. Norman Barwin and the allegations that he used his own sperm in his fertility practice has been widely reported. It is testament to what a devastating story it is, and how life-changing for the patients and children involved. The class action against Dr. Barwin has made news not only in Canada, but around the world. Below are some selected articles.