The novel COVID-19 pandemic has initiated an unprecedented global vaccine race. As of September 27, 2020, there were more than 200 vaccine candidates in preclinical and clinical development, including 11 in phase 3 trials. In the wake of the upcoming vaccine rollout for COVID-19, many Canadians have reported that they are prepared to wait longer…

In R v. Alisaleh, the Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”) recently considered whether a complainant’s absence of exaggeration supported a positive finding credibility. This decision strikes an important reminder for counsel, in both a civil and criminal context, to carefully review what elements of their client’s testimony will support a finding of credibility, and which…

As of January 1, 2020, the Ontario Small Claims Court, a branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, has increased its monetary jurisdiction to $35,000.00. Plaintiffs can now seek money damages for claims up to $35,000.00, an increase from the original $25,000.00 limit. As a result, the stakes of commencing an action become higher…

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