Distracted Driving: Ontario Introducing Tougher Penalties

It won’t be long before picking up your phone while driving, even if stopped at a red light, will cost you even more money.

On September 20, 2017, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to increase the fines for distracted driving from a maximum of $1,000 to up to $2,000 on second conviction, and up to $3,000 for a third or subsequent conviction as well as six demerit points for multiple offences.

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Pondering the End of the ‘Hired Gun’ Expert Witness

Note: This article originally appeared in The Lawyer’s Daily.

The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena 2017 ONCA 502, is a must-read for all personal injury lawyers. On the one hand, the court sent a clear direction to trial judges that they must take a more robust role as the gatekeeper of expert evidence, which should mark the end of either side using "hired guns."

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When Accident Benefits Covers a Hot Coffee Spill

Hot coffee from McDonald’s is again the subject matter of a legal case.

I’m sure everyone has heard of the case in the United States where McDonald’s served scalding hot coffee to an elderly lady. The coffee spilled on the lady’s legs, causing severe third-degree burns. Unfortunately, that case made headlines for the wrong reasons and was wrongly ridiculed as being frivolous. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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Acknowledging the Faces Behind Criminal Law

This is a blog about blogs, specifically my blog and why I choose the things I write about. I think it’s important to explain why; even though I write blogs as a criminal defence lawyer, law is rarely one of my topics.

Criminal law is evolving almost daily. Judges make decisions about interpretations of the law, parliamentarians bring in new legislation, and sometimes situations get ahead of the law, and all the players in the justice system have to scramble to adjust to new dynamics. It's fascinating, and challenging – and frequently reported in the news.

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A Victory for Freedom of Speech and Injured Victims

A Victory for Freedom of Speech and Injured Victims

A recent Ontario Court decision has upheld the fundamental right in Canada for freedom of speech.

Justice Sean Dunphy granted summary judgment and dismissed Doctor Howard Platnick’s defamation lawsuit that he had brought against personal injury lawyer Maia Bent. Equally important was his finding that Dr. Platnick had likely altered medical reports that ultimately resulted in an injured person being denied needed benefits.

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A Big Step Forward for Victims

A Big Step Forward for Victims

On March 9, 2016, Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) 2016 received royal assent.

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Better Oversight for Health Clinics

Better Oversight for Health Clinics

On Thursday, May 5, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced he plans to implement 12 recommendations to bolster accountability, regulation, quality and safety in the increasing number of non-hospital health clinics in Ontario.

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