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Disabled workers must get equal benefits, says court

Disabled workers in Ontario must get the same compensation as able-bodied workers, the Court of Appeal ruled in finding a section of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) violates s. 15 of the Charter.

Justice Russell G. Juriansz, writing for a unanimous panel, struck down s. 58(5)(c) of the ESA that allows an employer to deny severance pay to an employee whose ability to remain on the job has been frustrated by illness or injury.
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LSUC releases first-ever report on aboriginal lawyers

{mosinfo by=(Robert Todd) divider=(default) date=(Friday, 13 February 2009) class=(default)}The Law Society of Upper Canada has released its first-ever report on the province’s aboriginal lawyers, revealing findings that suggest many continue to face barriers within the legal industry.
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Dilution has long been below radar

Being a famous trademark in Canada hasn’t always been all that it can be.

Infringement and dilution, the two primary concepts protecting trademark, are both known to Canadian and U.S. trademark law.

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Windsor bar steps up for Mexicans

WINDSOR - Local immigration lawyers have been putting in extra time working with members of the expatriate Mexican and Haitian communities who are fleeing a crackdown by United States authorities in south Florida.

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Paralegal gets four months house arrest

A North Bay paralegal is the first person in Ontario to be sentenced to house arrest for the unauthorized practice of law, following years of clashing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Public review called for in tainted blood case

The tainted blood prosecution was redundant, needlessly expensive, and should be the subject of a public review, criminal defence lawyer Brian Greenspan tells Law Times.

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    Access to Justice The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) strives to inform the public on the importance of the people having access to legal resources and…
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    Legal Aid lawyers rally for collective bargaining rights Legal Aid Ontario lawyers held three protests in July to push the provincial government to support their attempts to unionize. The lawyers have been in…
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    Jane-Finch community gets employment law help Osgoode Hall Law School's Community Legal Aid Services Programme recently opened an employment law division for Toronto's Jane-Finch community.Phanath Im, review counsel for the division,…
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