Caution! Put all Necessary Evidence before an Administrative Decision Maker

Posted on: December 23, 2015

A recent case of the Federal Court of Appeal, Bernard v Canada (Customs and Revenue Agency), 2015 FCA 263, is a cautionary tale on the importance of collecting all necessary evidence and putting it before an administrative decision maker in the first instance, and not before a Court on judicial review.  An applicant challenging administrative or […]


Posted on: December 16, 2015

A holiday fundraiser in support of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The event, which was organized by one of our own associates, Cenobar Parker, was a huge success! With over a 100 young professionals and leaders from across the legal profession in attendance, Cenobar and her co-organizers raised about $8,000 for MSF! PWJ is […]

Recent Developments in the Law of Workplace Accommodation

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Few areas of employment law cause as much confusion as the duty to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”), every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination because of disability.

Employee Secures Substantial Settlement after Being Terminated for Refusing to Work with Toxic Chemicals

Posted on: October 21, 2015

Our client worked almost 30 years at a chemical plant. His employer terminated him for cause when he refused, for health reasons, to continue to work with carcinogenic chemicals after his doctor had diagnosed him with cancer. We secured our client a significant settlement including amounts for the cancellation of his disability insurance while he […]

Preparing your Business for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Ontario Government has begun the roll-out of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (“Retirement Pension Plan”) which is intended to provide a predictable source of retirement income for Ontarians. The costs associated with the Retirement Pension Plan may come as a sudden shock to employers and employees absent informed financial and legal planning. The Retirement […]

Legally Compelled to Buy: Specific performance in Contracts for the Sale of Property

Posted on: September 16, 2015

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court refused to grant leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision of InStorage Limited Partnership and InStorage Trustee Corp. v. Matthew Brady Self Storage Corporation. In refusing to grant leave, the Supreme Court implicitly approved the Court of Appeal’s holding that specific performance is an appropriate remedy […]


Posted on: August 12, 2015

Distinguishing at law between a dependent contractor and an independent contractor can be challenging at the best of times. This issue is important to businesses and organizations because like employees, dependent contractors are owed reasonable notice upon termination, while independent contractors are not. In his decision in Keenan v. Canac Kitchens, 2015 ONSC 1055 Justice […]