The Wild, Wild West

Western edges out win in tight OTLA Cup competition The best in the west defeated the rest – but not without a fight.  The OTLA Cup returned to be heard in Kingston where it began 23 years ago, but the University of Western Ontario is taking it home in 2015. And what a Cup it was!  Ten competitors and five witnesses from five of Ontario’s …

The Truth Revealed About Insurance Companies’ Profits in Ontario

Dr. Fred Lazar and Dr. Eli Prisman, from the York University Schulich School of Business, conclude in a recent study that for the period of 2001 to 2013, consumers in Ontario have likely overpaid for auto insurance by between $3 and $4 billion. This money has not gone to accident victims nor to lower premiums for consumers – instead this money has gone straight to …

French Alps crash leads to questions about mental health in the workplace

Photo: A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash in the French Alps.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes On March 24, 2015, a young co-pilot for Lufthansa’s low cost-airline Germanwings intentionally crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. It was quickly discovered that the co-pilot suffered from depression and had researched suicide. The information …

Top Five Highlights from Westerhof v. Gee Estate

On March 26, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Westerhof v. Gee Estate 2015 ONCA 206. Heard at the same time as the recently-released Moore v. Getahun, Westerhof has been championed by members of the Plaintiffs’ bar as a “big win for common sense” in the area of non-expert opinion evidence. As was the case with Getahun, Westerhof also attracted a …

The Bencher Election Voting Guide is now available

OTLA urges all members to vote for candidates that oppose implementation of ABS as proposed by the Law Society. The time to vote for the next Law Society Benchers draws near. In order to ensure that eligible lawyers are well-equipped when voting opens in April, OTLA has prepared a Voting Guide, complete with a list of candidates who oppose the implementation of Alternative Business Structures. OTLA …

Training and Licensing: The Essentials of Private Security

The shooting of two men in at a Toronto McDonalds – allegedly perpetrated by an off-duty security guard – has people asking questions about whether security guards are being properly trained to handle dangerous situations. All security guards in the Province of Ontario are required to be trained and hold a licence to provide private security services. Some security guards – such as armoured car …