The Power of Small Things

The Power of Small Things

Authored by Ruth Roberts

I am constantly amazed by the incredible power of small things. How a kind word can heal a heart; how a smile can defuse an argument. And how a nickel can speak volumes about integrity and honesty.

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How Long Will My Criminal Case Take?

How Long Will My Criminal Case Take?

Authored by Ruth Roberts

When someone is charged with a criminal offence, one of the first things they want to know is: When will this be over? The answer to that question is complicated, and depends on a number of factors. But the short (and probably unwelcome) answer is: not for some time.

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Kumra v. Stagliano: A step in right direction

Kumra v. Stagliano: A step in right direction

Author: Kris Bonn

(October 13, 2022, 11:58 AM EDT) -- Anyone involved in the civil justice system in Ontario understands delay, with most cases taking many years to resolve. I was called to the bar in 2002 and in my 20 years of practising litigation, I’ve found that getting a case to trial usually takes four to six years from the date the statement of claim is filed.

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Applying for Insurance? Ask Questions and Take your Time

Applying for Insurance? Ask Questions and Take your Time

Author: Kris Bonn

We live in a society where insurance is ubiquitous, we must have insurance if we drive a car, if we own a home, we almost always have home insurance, we buy life insurance and long-term disability insurance to protect our families and, if we travel, we buy travel insurance. We buy insurance to protect us when bad things happen.

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The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy...

Author: Ruth Roberts

It’s been a very long time since I was in law school, and the pearls of wisdom from most of my professors have been lost in the mists of time. But there is one Golden Rule, passed down from generation to generation of criminal lawyers; discussed in the law lounges and coffee shops; tossed back and forth through emails:

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Young People in Criminal Law

Young People in Criminal Law

Author: Scott Raycroft-Wright

You may know that a young person who is charged with a criminal offence in Canada is treated differently than an adult who is charged with that offence. There are, however, many myths and misconceptions about how Canada’s criminal justice system handles young people. In this post, I will address some of the ways in which young people differ from adults in the criminal justice system.

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Long-Term Disability Cases: Don’t Delay and Record Verdict

Long-Term Disability Cases: Don’t Delay and Record Verdict

Author: Kris Bonn

Long-term disability benefits. We buy coverage to protect us and our families when we become injured or sick and cannot work. They are “peace of mind” contracts. This past week there were two legal decisions of note in long-term disability cases. One is a reminder for all claimants to not sit back, when benefits are terminated, and rely on your insurer to do what is right. If the insurer denies or terminates your benefits, you need to get in to see a lawyer who practices in long-term disability law without delay. The second case is a reminder for all insurers who improperly deny or terminate an insured’s long-term disability benefits. I will review both cases below.

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Giving the Finger to the ‘Rule of Thumb’'

Giving the Finger to the ‘Rule of Thumb’

Author: Christopher Fleury

In Ontario, an employee does not have the right to employment. This means that an employer may dismiss an employee without legal cause, so long as the dismissal is not for a reason which violates provincial or federal human rights legislation.

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Humanity in Law

Humanity in Law

Author: Ruth Roberts

This blog is not about law; but it is about what makes a good lawyer and the things we reflect on in the grey hours before morning; and in the spaces in our day when the flotsam of our lives drifts through our minds. This is a blog about our shared humanity.

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