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Punitive Damages: Church Complicity & Negligent Handling of Disclosure

The relationship between priests and parishioners is special and unique, and generally involves a high degree of trust. A priest is often someone who provides counselling, spiritual support, and frequently plays a role in an individual’s most significant moments in life, including marriage and baptism. But what happens when that special relationship is exploited, and […]

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Do I Have A Right To Privacy? Anonymity Orders in Civil Sexual Assault Cases

When an individual starts a civil lawsuit, one of the first sacrifices they must make is to give up their privacy regarding the issues in dispute. This is because documents filed with the court normally identify the parties by name and are a matter of public record. A common question a sexual assault survivor is […]

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A New Claim for Compensation for Human Trafficking

In 2017, Ontario’s legislature passed Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017, which created for the very first time, a separate civil law provision in the province of Ontario with respect to human trafficking. This means trafficked individuals can now sue their traffickers in civil court. This law also created a new civil restraining order. […]

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