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May 5, 2020

Millard and Co lawyer Marcus McCann giving two talks about LGBTQ legal issues

Marcus McCann will bring his experiences as an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community (LGBTQ) to two upcoming panels on criminal justice and policing. McCann will be speaking at the Criminal Lawyers Virtual Spring Conference on May 30, 2020 and the Outlaws conference panel A House Divided: Pathways of Remediation for […]

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May 8, 2018

Our Client Receives Ontario’s First Non-Binary Birth Certificate

On May 12, 2017, Dr. Joshua M. Ferguson (they/them pronouns) applied for a non-binary birth certificate. When their application was delayed by Service Ontario, Millard & Company LLP and Dewart Gleason LLP jointly filed a human rights application on Dr. Ferguson’s behalf alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and gender expression. After reaching a […]

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April 30, 2018

Equal Pay for Equal Work Provisions Now in Effect

As of April 1, 2018, employers are now required to pay employees equal pay for equal work. We discussed this change in an earlier post on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, but it was only earlier this month that the provision came into effect. Under the new provision, employers are prohibited […]

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March 28, 2018

Is my ex-boss allowed to tarnish my reputation?

When an employment relationship ends, things can turn nasty. We often get calls from employees who suspect their former employer is smearing their name. Talk of this nature is upsetting and can make re-employing difficult, but is it defamation? Defamation refers to activity that harms another person’s reputation through communication with a third party. Defamation […]

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March 6, 2018

McCann on reframing the queer legal project

Marcus McCann spoke to the University of Victoria Faculty of Law on January 24, 2018 about lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) rights, and the limits of a narrow focus on equality. Here is an excerpt from the introduction to his talk. * You’ve probably learned about LGBTQ legal cases in your Constitutional Law […]

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December 18, 2017

Women Lawyers’ Professional Skill Enhancement Training

Beth Symes travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015 and 2017 to train women lawyers. The program is coordinated by Women Lawyers Joining Hands. Alongside experts in Nepal, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and the United States, Beth has developed and delivered training to approximately 60 Nepalese lawyers. The participants reflect on the importance of the training […]

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November 27, 2017

Substantial Changes to Workers’ Rights

On November 22, 2017, the legislature passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. The Bill makes several changes to employer obligations and employee rights under the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). Millard & Company has been closely following the Bill and written about it here and here. The final version of the […]

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"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ben Millard at Millard & Company Barristers and Solicitors. Before signing on to use his services he took the time to answer any and all questions we had so that we felt confident when choosing him to help us with our legal matter. Once we signed on, this did not change. He was always very quick to answer our questions or address our concerns. He was very quick to let us know our next moves and did not sit on anything which was well appreciated. Would recommend to anyone to use his services. Kind, courteous, and genuinely great person to deal with!"

- M. C.

"It was a great pleasure, and a great experience, for our not-for-profit organization to work with Marcus McCann to assist us to rewrite our by-laws. Marcus was professional, knowledgeable and understanding of our issues and committed to helping us to frame our new by-laws in the context of both our organization's vision, mission and values and the law as it relates to not-for-profit organizations. He was diligent, completed the work within the time frame we agreed upon, responded to phone calls and emails promptly, and was always courteous to me and my colleagues. I thoroughly recommend Marcus for any organization who needs legal assistance, particularly in developing by-laws."

- J. M.

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- T. S.

"This is the second occasion for me reaching out to Ben Millard for his employment related expertise. I greatly appreciate Ben’s clear and concise counsel. His ability to distill the relevant and important issues from all the “noise” makes working with him to be efficient and effective. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any employment law matters."

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