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Bike Helmets: What is the Law in Ontario?

Prepared by Kate Portner Gartke, Articling Student Cycling can be an excellent mode of transportation and a pleasant way to get some exercise for adults and children alike. However, there …

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STAY COOL – BUT ENCLOSE THAT POOL

Prepared by Paul Lalonde, Articling Student Summer weather in Ottawa is almost here. As the mercury rises and the days get longer, many residents will begin prepping their backyard pools …

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A Brief Review of Social Host Liability in Canada

Prepared by Ally Czarnowski, Articling Student With the holidays drawing near, many social calendars are filling up with work parties, friendly get-togethers, and lavish family dinners.  Undoubtedly, much time and …

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The Steps in a Civil Litigation Action

Prepared by Alexandra Ormond, Articling Student Pleadings Pleadings consist of a statement of claim, statement of defence and reply. The plaintiff prepares a statement of claim, which must contain a …

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Joint and Several Liability: What does being 1% liable mean?

Prepared by Alexandra Ormond, Articling Student The 1% rule compels a defendant who may only be 1% at fault to pay the plaintiff’s entire judgment. The “1% rule” comes from …

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What is a “Rule 49” Offer to Settle?

Prepared by Alexandra Ormond, Articling Student The majority of legal cases settle before trial, and recent statistics show the number of settled cases to be as high as 95% in …

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