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December 14, 2021

Precedent Setting Victory for Gender Identity Rights in B.C.

In September 2021, a case decision in the province of British Columbia made a significant development with respect to the rights of trans and non-binary people at work. The judgement will have implications for the law across Canada, including here in Ontario.   The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal found a restaurant and some of […]

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September 24, 2015

Can a Business Choose Its Clients Or Must It Serve Everybody?

It has now been almost twenty years since Ray Brillinger of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives walked into a downtown Toronto print shop and was refused service. The owner of the shop, Scott Brockie, objected to printing letterhead, envelopes and business cards for the archive because his religious beliefs forbade him from promoting the […]

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September 13, 2015

Marcus McCann speaks to the Class of ’75 about tuition and debt

A version of this talk was delivered to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Class of 1975 Reunion on September 9, 2015 by Millard & Company Associate Marcus McCann. * I’ll keep this brief, because the message from the future is a bit of a downer. Tonight is rightly about celebrating your talents and […]

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September 8, 2015

Uber: What the relationship between Uber, taxi companies and their drivers can teach us about employment law

Guest post by Emily Burke The California Labour Commission recently deemed at least one Uber driver to be legally considered an employee rather than an independent contractor, despite Uber’s insistence that their drivers are the latter. Though Uber drivers pick up passengers and are paid to take them to their destination, the company argues it […]

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August 31, 2015

Labour Reform: Input Not Limited to Labour Types

Once-in-a-generation consultations underway in Ontario could lead to sweeping changes in the way the province regulates work. Earlier this year, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals appointed two labour experts — former Ontario Superior Court judge John C. Murray and labour lawyer Michael Mitchell — to make recommendations about how to protect vulnerable workers in the twenty-first century. […]

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August 10, 2015

Millard & Company welcomes Marcus McCann

Beth Symes, Carol Street, and Ben Millard are pleased to announce that Marcus McCann has joined Millard & Company as associate counsel. Marcus joins a firm with a long history. Millard & Company provides expert legal advice and advocacy in all areas of civil litigation, with a particular focus on labour law, employment law, human rights, […]

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March 1, 2013

Supreme Court of Canada accepts arguments made by Millard & Company in landmark hate speech case.

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, a landmark case on hate speech laws in Canada. Millard & Company were counsel for the United Church of Canada, which intervened in the case. Ben Millard appeared and made oral submissions to the SCC at […]

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