Journalists Don’t Have to Disclose Confidential Sources, but There is a Catch

We all hear about ‘fake news’. The Supreme Court of Canada (the Court) has weighed in on the issue and journalists’ credibility. The recent decision, penned by Chief Justice Richard Wagner, affirmed Parliament’s recent reversal of the burden of proof for journalists ordered to reveal the identity of their confidential sources. The law has essentially shifted from a presumption of disclosure of the source to a presumption of non-disclosure. You can read the full decision here: Denis v. Côté, 2019 SCC 44.

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The Medical Legal Expert

I represent injured and disabled people in legal cases. A necessary part of any legal action involving an injured person is the medical legal expert. These are doctors and other medical professionals who provide expert evidence about an injured person’s impairments, limitations, cause of impairments and future prognosis. Medical legal experts are paid privately and not through OHIP or some other government funding.

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Are Women Less Safe in a Car Crash?

It turns out that vehicle safety might be different for men and women. A recent CBC News article centred on research showing that women are 73% more likely than men to suffer serious or fatal injuries in car collisions. On its own, this is concerning enough, but perhaps more concerning is the reason why.

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Introducing Legal Talk with Bonn Law

Introducing Legal Talk with Bonn Law on CJBQ, sponsored by McDougall Insurance & Financial.

Tune in every Monday night, starting August 19th, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 800 am CJBQ. Stream online at or listen from your smartphone anywhere. 

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Adverse costs insurance

Adverse costs insurance a compensable disbursement

This article written by Kris Bonn originally appeared on the Lawyers Daily on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Over the past 10 years, adverse costs insurance has become more prevalent in Ontario, particularly in the field of personal injury law. For those not familiar with adverse costs insurance, it provides insurance if a party’s legal action fails and the party is ordered to pay costs to the other side of the litigation. Adverse costs insurance is commonly referred to as “after the event insurance” (ATE).

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Mind Over Matter Running for 24 Hours

For those that follow Bonn Law or me (Kris Bonn) personally on Facebook, you likely heard that I celebrated my 45th birthday this year (2019) by running 24 hours straight around a 400-metre track in support of Brain Injury Association Quinte District (“BIAQD”).

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Mind Over Matter: 24 Hour Run for BIAQD

Kris Bonn is turning 45 this April and he’s celebrating by giving back to the community (once again!). On April 19th at 5:00pm Kris will begin running the 400m track at Mary Ann Sills and will continue running for 24 hours. Kris will be pushing his body to the limit to raise money for Brain Injury Association Quinte District.

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Travel Medical Insurance - Are You Really Covered?

We Canadians love to head south during the winter to escape the snow and ice. When we leave Canada we are also leaving our universal healthcare. Medical treatment in the United States and other countries can be prohibitively expensive. That is why it is always prudent to buy travel medical insurance before you leave the country. The problem is most travel medical insurance is sold over the phone and in a peremptory manner. Too often care is not taken to carefully go over the application and that can be a serious problem.

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