Perspectives from a Mediator/Arbitrator

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Keeping Abreast of Changes

One of the most valuable tools that I use to keep track of changes in the law is the Supreme Court of Canada newsletter published by Eugene Meehan. When the Supreme Court of Canada makes a decision, you can count on this newsletter to give you a synopsis within a day or so.
Yesterday's newsletter contained a review of the Young v. Bella decision in which the Court upheld the jury award of $430,000 non-pecuniary damages in a negligence case. You can subscribe to the free newsletter here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ontario Health Premium - The Great Debate

One of the hottest topics in labour law in Ontario is the issue of the Ontario Health Premium and whether an employer is responsible for paying the premium on behalf of unionized employees whose union negotiated that the employer was responsible for paying the old OHIP premium. Arbitrators have split on the issus, the Divisional Court has upheld two arbitration decision and now the Labour Law section of the Ontario Bar Association is hosting an evening of discussion with two of Ontario's most eminent counsel - Howard Goldblatt of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP and Doug Gray of Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. If you are interested in hearing some excellent speakers talk on this hot topic - consider coming to the Dinner on February 16, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. For registration navigate to the oba here and find Labour Law - Ontario Health Premium - The Great Debate.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Other interests

Other than my professional interst in mediation and ADR, I am passionate about my family (wife, Natasha and children, Clarke and Karina - my children would want me to include the family cat - Jesse)and sports (most particularly baseball and hockey and in particular Diamond Mind Baseball). Clarke is 7 and is very interested in karate, math and space. Karina is 4 and is very interested in art, crafts and her friends. They keep me young in body and spirit.

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