What is the difference between being separated and being divorced?

Blog Post
May 7, 2019
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Spouses are ‘separated’ when one person in the relationship has withdrawn from the relationship without any reasonable prospect of reconciliation or resumption of cohabitation. This means that you can be married and separated at the same time. In fact, in almost all cases, you have to have been separated from your spouse for at least one year before you can divorce. A divorce legally ends the marriage and allows former spouses to remarry.

Three things to consider when buying car insurance in Ontario

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August 15, 2018
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No one ever wants to be responsible for an accident or be injured in one. It is a difficult experience and not something we want to think about. However, taking care in advance to weigh your options and your coverage can make a big difference to you and your family members if you are ever in this situation.

Am I Eligible for EI Sickness Benefits?

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June 25, 2018
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Canada’s Employment Insurance program provides individuals with temporary financial assistance when they are out of work. This assistance includes “sickness benefits” to support individuals who would otherwise be able to work were it not for an illness or injury. Our latest Employment Law blog post looks at eligibility for EI Sickness Benefits.

Opening a restaurant in Ottawa: How to cut through the red tape

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June 18, 2018
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If you plan to open your own restaurant, bakery or café – or purchase an existing establishment – navigating the labyrinth of required permits, licenses and bylaw obligations can be confusing. The City of Ottawa offers a Business Ambassador Service with a Business Information Officer (BIO) to assist and guide entrepreneurs in starting their enterprise.

Ontario election expected to determine survival of Human Rights Code amendments

Blog Post
May 22, 2018
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Proposed changes to Ontario’s Human Rights Code that would have prevented discrimination based on social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records, was quashed when Ontario’s 41st Parliament was dissolved on May 8, 2018. However, lawyers practicing in areas that involve human rights should remain aware that the proposed amendments represent significant changes to human rights law in Ontario.

A Much-Needed Amendment to Ontario’s Human Rights Code

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May 2, 2018
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On October 4, 2017, Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers introduced a private member’s bill titled the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 (“Bill 164”). If passed, Bill 164 would amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code to add four new prohibited grounds of discrimination: social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records. This post explores the definitions of these new grounds, and the implications for employers and employees.

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.

David Contant Interviewed By Canadian Underwriter

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April 26, 2018
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In the wake of tragedies such as the van attack in Toronto early this week, it is natural for people to think about whether it could have been prevented. Our very own David Contant was interviewed on Tuesday for an article in Canadian Underwriter. He spoke about the liability of the rental company that had leased out the van that was used in the attack, as well as implications for insurers.

Craig O’Brien Talks about slips and falls

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January 5, 2018
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In a recent live interview Craig O’Brien talked about what businesses can do to avoid slips and falls on their premises in winter. Below is the transcript of that interview. Intro (Paul): Hi there. My name is Paul Taylor-Sussex from Nelligan O’Brien Payne and today we are chatting with Craig O’Brien who is the head… Read more »