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May 2018 Archives

THE DECLINE OF THE WRITTEN WORD

I was surprised to learn-only just recently-that students are no longer learning to "write" in school. With computers and laptops in school, printing is about as far as the pen goes. Having completed my first post secondary degree on a typewriter-and the second on a computer in a bank of machines located in a dusty basement of the university-it made me pause to think about a world in without writing utensils. 

The Utility of the Small Claim Court - Why Choose the Small Claims Track

Understanding how the Courts of Justice Act and the Small Claims Court Rules operate and apply to your legal claim is fundamental to achieving a successful outcome. While the costs and complexity of litigation can sometimes be a burden to accessing the justice system, the Small Claims Court is designed to streamline the litigation process by simplifying the procedure for claims up to $25,000; not inclusive of costs. 

WHAT IS THAT REAL ESTATE LAWYER DOING, ANYWAY?

My first property purchase was fourteen acres of a vacant, rural, wooded lot north west of Kingston. A river crossed over the northeast corner, separating the land into two pieces. The parcel across the river was pretty much unusable-it was landlocked and surrounded by conservation land, ensuring that we would never be looking at a condo or any other unwholesome development. As Torontonians, this seemed like paradise found! 

Capacity Planning

When I worked in the mental health sector, capacity planning meant setting out health care instructions in advance for a substitute decision maker called upon during periods of episodic illness-usually in relation to young adults.