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Criminals Cannot Profit From Their Crimes – Or Can They?

Criminals cannot profit from their crimes – unless they are not criminally responsible.

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A note on Crypto Currency

Wikipedia defines cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) as a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses strong cryptography to secure financial transactions, control the creation of additional units, and verify the transfer of assets. Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized digital currency and central…

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The New Simplified Procedure Rule (Rule 76)

Since it was enacted in 1996, Rule 76 of the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure has provided for a simplified procedure to streamline claims of relatively modest monetary value. The goal remains to reduce legal costs and speed up the administration of justice. The Government of Ontario made significant changes…

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Dead People Who (Still) Make More Money Than You

  Imagine this – You’re a movie director on the independent film circuit. You need to cast the lead in your latest project, but you’ve spent most of your budget on skinny jeans and fair-trade lattes. You’re looking for someone that personifies being disillusioned, while also being super cool. Someone with…

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10 WAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR AFFAIRS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

This blog is brought to you by Fatima Husnain, Student-at-Law, at Fasken  With the end of the year approaching, it is now a good time to ensure that your affairs are in order. We know this is a busy time of the year, but these few items can help protect…

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Dementia and MAID

Medically assistance in dying (MAID= Bill C14) for eligible Canadians was passed by federal legislation in June 2016.  To recap, eligibility includes: Being 18 years and older and mentally competent Having a grievous and irremediable medical condition Making a voluntary request for MAID that is not the result of outside…

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Today is Election Day

Today is election day across Canada.  Voter turnout in the 2015 election for Canadians 65 and older was 83%.  We have a voice and one that needs to be heard and yes, we can make a difference. Like many readers of today’s blog,  I am a baby boomer and what…

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Senior’s Issues and the Upcoming Federal Election

I had a wonderful opportunity last week to be part of panel discussion on CTV Your Morning  to discuss issues that are critical for seniors.  Certainly an important topic as we approach election day. The National Seniors Strategy   is really the document that outlines what needs to be done.  I…

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The $100 Million Executor Fee: Unexpected but not Unreasonable

This blog was written by Paula Lester – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management When the four executors of Leona Helmsley’s $5 billion estate asked for payment of $100 million for their services, it was touted as being astronomical by the challenging Attorney General. Still, Manhattan Surrogate’s Court…

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Homicide in Ontario LTC Homes

Readers in Ontario are likely familiar with Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse, who confessed to murdering eight senior citizens and attempting to murder six others in southwestern Ontario long term care (LTC) homes between 2007 and 2016. Following her criminal conviction, the province of Ontario established a…

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