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Saba Ahmad is a Litigator working on environmental, administrative and commercial matters in Toronto. Learn more at www.sabaahmad.com

Neighbours and Driveway Disputes #toronto #cdnlaw #litigation

There’s a lovely stretch of houses in my neighbourhood along Glenlake Road, but my heart sinks whenever I pass by the neighbours at 100 and 104. Before I read about … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Expecting Manners in Law #law #cdnlaw #litigation

I have long been a fan of Miss Manners.   In a recent article of hers, she clarified that a first year law student should not scold her  professor – especially … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fouldis v. Ford Decision in ORs today #cdnlegal #topoli #onpoli #litigation

The Fouldis v. Ford libel decision was published today in the ORs.  Justice MacDonald dismissed the complaint, finding there was insufficient evidence to link Mr. Fouldis to Tuggs Inc. – … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Video Taping an Examination #CDNlegal #litigation

Interesting decision in the ORs today.  In J.M. v. Clouthier et al., 2013 ONSC 221, Hennessy J. allowed a motion to videotape a defendant‘s examination for discovery for potential use … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Divided Case Law – Are Duties to Negotiate in Good Faith Unenforceable? #CDNLaw #litigation #onca

Provisions requiring parties to negotiate in good faith are pervasive.  But Justice Pattillo of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently ruled that requirements to negotiate in good faith – … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

We Need Government-to-Government Relations to Address Ontario-First Nations Dysfunction: Inquiry Report #idlenomore

The relationship between Ontario’s justice system and Aboriginal peoples in this province is dysfunctional, according to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci in his report released late last month:  First Nations Representation … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Right to Gripe: Sarah Thomson and #buttgate

  Of course the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.  But for Ford’s newsworthiness and Friday being a slow news day, people would not normally have paid this … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

#SCC Fails to See #HateSpeech is Everyday Speech

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled  it is constitutionally permissible for provinces to penalize hate speech. I am uncomfortable when our government regulates morality.  I thought we had learned … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

#Metrolinx asks Court to Strike Clean Train’s Submissions – and to Award it Costs

Clean Train Coalition is seeking the court’s permission to appeal a decision against it.  In November, the Divisional Court held the Coalition had no right to seek review of the … Continue reading

February 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Basic Contract Principles Revisited #law #CDNlaw #litigation

Here’s a helpful decision reported in the Ontario Reports this week: 2195002 Ontario Inc. v. Tribute Resources Inc., 2012 ONSC 5412, at http://digital.ontarioreports.ca/ontarioreports/20130215#pg158 Starting at paragraph 24, Rady, J. canvasses … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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