Mediation

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...

[ View PDF Version ] In mid-March, 2020, Canadian life as we knew it changed very dramatically. Mediation was able to continue by reason of the collective will of government, the judiciary and, most of all, lawyers and litigants.  Initially, there was an optimistic view that mediations...

Be honest – you didn’t have “pandemic brings the world to a standstill” on your 2020 Bingo Card. Yet here we are a year later, uncomfortably but resiliently working in our new normal of physical distancing, periodic lockdowns, and carving out home office space wherever...

“Well, it’s worth a try. What have I got to lose?” Unfortunately, when it comes to pre-mediation settlement discussions, the answer could be – a lot. Recently, I have heard several of my colleagues promote the potential benefits of pre-mediation settlement talks. These talks could occur...

Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. I suggest that the judicious use of a pre-mediation conference (“PMC”) can help all those involved in an upcoming mediation to maximize the prospects for productive, effective and efficient discussions and the...

Cooper Mediation