In a recent newsletter, I noted that as the calendar year was drawing to an end, we were also at the beginning of the holiday season. Many people around the world happen to be celebrating special days or periods that share a common feature -...

I like to think of a mediation as planning a trip to Settlement-ville. Unless one or more parties are absolutely set on going to Trial-town instead, the people at a mediation are generally interested in finding a way to a mutually agreeable destination - even...

It’s been said that necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice. In March 2020, the emerging COVID-19 pandemic made it imperative for much of the world to stay home when at all possible – whether we wanted to or not. If mediators desired to continue...

[ Download PDF ] Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to mediation? In January 1999, the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program was launched in certain judicial venues (Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa). Initially, this program/process may have lived up...

Cooper Mediation and Trails Youth Initiative send out our heartfelt thanks for all the support of this year’s edition of Vancestock and one last polite and respectful request for you to consider donating to Vancestock. Please remember that 100% of your donation goes directly to Trails Youth...

Skip the origins and read more about Vancestock X here. HOW IT ALL STARTED Think back to the mid-1980s – if you’re old enough to remember them. Michael Jackson moonwalked his way into superstardom, the Breakfast Club taught kids everywhere that serving detention could give you a...

Since January 2020, an increasing number of actions are being commenced under the amended simplified procedure pursuant to Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. Rather than reviewing changes to the simplified procedure, this blog post focuses on how and why we believe a...

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