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

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

Reblogging: A Good Post on Mistakes to Avoid When New to Twitter

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/eight-common-mistakes-nonprofits-make-when-they-first-join-twitter/ This seems like really good advice.  I personally don’t follow all the suggestions for either my own Twitter activity – nor a non-profit organization for which I tweet.  Perhaps … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Keep Your #Legal Bills Low #CDNlaw

It’s a common refrain:  your lawyer’s bill is too high.  Less often discussed is how clients can avoid common (and understandable) behaviours that tend to drive up legal fees. Lawyers … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

#Institute2013 Highlights: Justice Harry LaForme Discusses #IdleNoMore at the OBA Aboriginal Law Program

At the OBA Aboriginal Law Program at Institute 2013, Justice Harry LaForme presented provocative views on resetting the Canadian-Aboriginal relationship and argued the Idle No More movement “has it right”. … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

#ToPoli #OnPoli MPP Tabuns and Former Deputy Premier Smitherman Discuss Ontario Energy Policy and the Way to a Renewable Future

George Smitherman and Peter Tabuns presented provocative views on energy policy in Ontario at a panel discussion hosted by the Climate Change Lawyers Network on Monday evening at WeirFoulds LLP.They … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

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