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Five steps to take following a separation

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1) Consider what is important to you

Your world may have been turned upside down and the plans you had for your future with your spouse suddenly look quite different. Often, couples who are separating have had struggles in their relationship that have been unresolved for some time. Now is the time to breathe and look inward.  Consider your own priorities and needs. Give some thought to what you want your new future to look like.  Or consider what you have learned from this relationship and what you do not want your future to include. What do you need for your future life? Write it down. Think about it. Revise it and write it down again.

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How is mediation different during the pandemic?

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How is mediation different during the pandemic?

The pandemic has brought many changes to the world, including the area of dispute resolution. Before 2020, a family mediation would typically look like this:

  1. Intake

Each person would meet individually with the mediator for what is called an intake. This would be done in person.  During the intake, the mediator learns, from each person’s perspective, some background about the relationship and the family, what the issues are, and what the individuals wish to resolve. The mediator also learns about the goals of each person. The mediator seeks information about how the couple communicate and interact. The purpose of the meeting is for the mediator to understand the situation from each person’s perspective. This helps the mediator design the mediation process to fit the family.

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Christmas wish: Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

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Now, more than ever, your community needs you to shop local

As the holiday season approaches, there’s no doubt that the usual festivities in every facet of our lives will look somewhat different this year.

For Downtown Lindsay, community events have two benefits – fostering community spirit, and supporting our downtown businesses by encouraging holiday shopping and dining. The fear is that without the gathering events, that the traffic into our small businesses will suffer.

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Growth phase for law firm: New associate at Staples & Swain has Lindsay roots

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Waylon Skinner, Heather Richardson, Angus McNeil. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Waylon Skinner has always gotten fired up over injustice.

As a young lawyer who has just become an Associate at Staples & Swain in Lindsay, he’s certainly in the right place. Skinner graduated from Queens University last year and did his articling in Cambridge – but he’s no stranger to Lindsay, where he was born and raised.

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Dispute resolution options in the post-COVID-19 world:

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Meetings like this may not be possible now but using technology means we can still help.

I went home from work one night, in March 2020, as per usual leaving my to-do list for the next day on my desk.  The next day included the expected set of tasks in my work as a mediator, settlement professional, and lawyer which included calls with clients, settlement meetings, drafting documents etc.

But the next day was not business as usual and my list and expectations went out the window.

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What is collaborative family law?

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What is collaborative family law?
In the collaborative process, lawyers are specially trained to remain focused on settlement.

Collaborative family law has grown in popularity over the last 25 years and has been embraced by family law practitioners to varying degrees. The collaborative family law movement began in the Western American states and was later adopted in British Columbia as one of the first provinces in Canada to embrace a shift in family law towards alternative forms of dispute resolution. Since that time, many lawyers across the country have embraced a transition to the collaborative process, perhaps in light of the fact that most family law cases settle before they reach the adjudication phase of litigation.

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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

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Real-world experience: Employers won’t want to miss Experiential Learning Fair

It’s the old adage we’ve all heard before. ‘I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get any experience without a job.’ But what if that scenario was getting less true every day? What if experience – through experiential learning – was becoming the new norm? In recognition of this, the Workforce Development Board /Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) has come together with their community partners to create the don’t-miss Experiential Learning Fair – Information Session & Trade Show in Peterborough on Friday Nov. 8.

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British Empire Fuels a local business success story since 1940 

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Sheila Whyte, Rob Whyte, and Greg Whyte of British Empire Fuels.

As the Second World War gripped much of the world, the Ewell family left England in 1940 for a calmer life in Canada, likely content to know they were still part of the vast British Empire.

Fitting then that they would use the empire’s still formidable prestige to name their brand new company – British Empire Coal Supply Company, located in Toronto.

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Personal Injury Law: Summer safety series — dog bites

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It’s time for summer fun!  But summertime comes with safety challenges and risk of personal injury. Part 2 of our Safety Series focuses on dog attacks and bites. 

The beautiful summer weather has arrived and people are often outdoors with their dogs. And while we picture happy dogs with wagging tails, the reality is that more dogs out in the summer often leads to increased dog bites and attacks, or even being knocked down by an excited dog.

Dog bites and attacks may result in permanent physical and psychological harm, including scarring and risk of infection. Some dog attacks may even prove fatal. Here are some interesting statistics:

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Post office of the future could mean stronger communities

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Submitted by Jean-Philippe Grenier, CUPW, third national vice president   On June 17, 2019, the Canadian government declared a climate emergency, passing a motion through parliament calling climate change a “real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity.”

This should shock no one. We already know that our country is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world and that it is becoming increasingly difficult for our planet to breathe.

Words are not enough. They are meaningless without action. The federal government must walk the talk, starting with its largest Crown Corporation, Canada Post.

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