International child abduction: When custody disputes go beyond Canadian borders

Blog Post
October 12, 2017
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In this era of international travel, important questions arise for families with children. Namely, what do you do if your former spouse travels internationally with your children, and decides to throw away the return tickets? Statistics show that the idea of “stranger danger” has been overstated in the media, and that children are far more likely to be abducted by one of their parents.

When having a baby is a team effort

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September 28, 2017
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A surrogacy arrangement typically involves a few extra players who wouldn’t be present in a traditional pregnancy. Fertility specialists, lab technicians, sperm or egg donors and a surrogate and her loved ones come on board to assist a family in creating a new life. While it’s amazing to see how having a baby becomes a team effort, each new person who enters the equation increases the odds of a misunderstanding or miscommunication escalating into a dispute.

Team Google, World Internet Police?

Blog Post
July 7, 2017
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Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada released its landmark ruling in the Google v Equustek case. The Google case is the latest chapter of a global shift that has seen neutral online intermediaries, like Google and Yahoo, conscripted into active enforcement roles. The impact of this ruling will play out globally in the coming months and years.

Revenge Porn: The Consequences of Publishing Naked Photos of Your Ex – Part 2

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April 28, 2017
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¬What happens if I share explicit images or videos of my ex without their consent? Is this a crime? Our previous blog post on this topic explored the Ontario Court of Justice decision last year, Doe 464533 v N.D., which recognized a new privacy tort for the first time in Canada called “publication of embarrassing private facts.” This post will look at the criminal repercussions for engaging in revenge porn.

Class Action For The Fertility Doctor Who Used His Own Sperm

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November 23, 2016
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The case of fertility doctor Norman Barwin has made headlines not just in Canada, but internationally as well. In a Statement of Claim our firm has filed, we have alleged that in the late 1980s he used his own sperm to impregnate at least two women during artificial fertility treatments at his fertility clinic, the Broadview Fertility Clinic.

Do Time-limited Travel Consents Lay A Foundation For Child Abduction?

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September 30, 2016
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In a unanimous decision last week, Balev v Baggott, the Ontario Court of Appeal interpreted legislation on international child abduction and ordered a mother to return her two children to Germany, where the father currently resides.

Parental Abduction: What Is It and What Can I Do?

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March 24, 2016
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Parental abduction occurs when one parent takes their child (or children) without the permission of either the other parent or the court. Parents who abduct their own children may move to a different city, a different province, or a different country. Parental abduction is a serious issue, and it can be very difficult for the parent left behind to locate the children and to bring fast and effective legal proceedings in order to secure the return of the children.

Consultation on Proposed Changes to Trade-marks Regulations

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October 8, 2014
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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (‘CIPO’) has opened a pre-consultation on proposed amendments to the Trade-marks Regulations. The consultation period runs between October 1 and November 30, 2014. The proposed amendments reflect recent amendments to the Trade-marks Act contained in Division 25 of the Budget Implementation Act, which received royal assent on June 19, 2014. The aim of the amendments is to increase legal certainty, to streamline and clarify CIPO’s procedures, and to align Canada’s trade-mark protection regime with international norms.