A recent Ontario Court decision demonstrates why refusing to participate in mediation in a civil proceeding, where mediation is not mandatory, can be expensive in the end. This decision of Mew J. respecting costs followed a seven-day jury trial in Belleville of a (non-MVA) personal injury matter. Liability and damages were in issue. After the jury found that the plaintiff was 25% contributorily negligent, damages were assessed at $212,000 including interest. The plaintiff sought costs on a partial indemnity basis of $269,371 plus tax. The defendant argued that $150,000 inclusive of HST was appropriate.
In his reasons, the judge considered the various criteria and general principles relevant to the fixing of costs, including that “the usual rule in Read more →
An alarming number of Canadian women in the workforce have faced sexual harassment in their careers. In a recent survey released by Insights West, more than half of Canadian women have experienced various acts of sexual harassment at work, including: “unwanted physical touching, cat calls, being referred to using derogatory or demeaning sexual terms and being pressured for dates”.