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Defamation Lawyer, Gil Zvulony successfully defended an Anti-SLAPP motion for his client. The case involved postings about a real estate agent on WeChat.

An Anti-SLAPP motion seeks to have a legal proceeding dismissed because it is a proceeding that limits freedom of expression on a matter of public interest (Gag Proceeding). Mr. Zvulony was one of the first to test Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation in the courts in another case.

The full day motion was argued virtually using Zoom. The judge found in favour of Mr. Zvulony’s client and dismissed the Anti-SLAPP motion.

In his judgment, the judge thanked Mr. Zvulony for the superb quality of his oral and written submissions. The case can be found here: Niu v. Cao, 2020 ONSC 5407 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/j9kt8>

DISCLAIMER: This description is intended only to provide information about the activities and experience of our lawyers and should not be understood as a guarantee or assurance of future success in any matter. 

Gil Zvulony, internet lawyer is offering virtual notarization services (notary public services by remote video connection) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gil Zvulony is a licensed lawyer and notary public in and for the province of Ontario, Canada.

Virtual notarization is when an oath is administered or a document’s signing is witnessed by a notary public over a live video chat rather than at a physical meeting place.

A paper notarial certificate attesting to the oath or signing is later sent by mail and a video recording of the meeting is made.

Virtual notarization may be appropriate when a physical meeting is not possible, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our price for virtual notarization is $99 per document or signature notarized plus HST. You can pay us by Visa, Mastercard, or Interac e-transfer.

Wills, Powers of Attorney, Certified Copies cannot be notarized virtually.

You will need a smart phone or computer capable of exchanging high quality video and still images.

Disclaimer: Some jurisdictions, courts, and institutions may not accept a document that has been notarized virtually. It is up to you to ensure that virtual notarizations meet your legal requirements. We are not responsible if your document is rejected because it was notarized virtually. We do not provide you with any legal advice regarding what you are signing.

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    The fear and danger of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused significant economic upheaval in Canada. Employees have had to cope with the crisis and adapt to the current reality.

    We have identified a number of legal issues in the form of employment law questions from an employee’s perspective resulting from the COVID-19 situation.

    If these questions affect you then you may wish to speak to Karen Zvulony our employment lawyer who can discuss your particular situation with you and offer some answers to your legal questions.

    Coronavirus Questions from An Employee’s Perspective

    • Does my employer have to pay me if I am unable  to work due to Covid-19? 
    • Can I lose my job if I have Covid-19?
    • Can I lose my job if I am looking after someone with Covid-19?
    • Am I entitled to any additional severance if my employment is terminated at this time? 
    • Does my employer have to accommodate me to work from home? 
    • Can I lose my job if I have to look after children who are home from school due to Covid-19 and cannot work as a result?
    • If I have paid holidays/vacation do I have to exhaust this first if I am not able to work due to Covid -19 or can I save my vacation pay/days and apply for EI? 
    • If I have paid sick days do I have to use my paid sick days before collecting a benefit from the government? 
    • If a family member is sent home due to a potential contact with a positive Covid-19 person can my employer refuse to allow me to come to work? If so, do they have an obligation to pay me?
    • Can my employer force me to self-isolate? If so, do they have to pay me during this time? 
    • Can I tell my employer I do not feel comfortable coming into work even though the company is still open and I am not showing symptoms?
    • A co-worker recently returned from abroad, I am nervous, can I refuse to go to work? 
    • Can my employer force me to get a doctor’s note?
    • What happens if my employer is refusing to give me an ROE because they say I can continue to work on a limited basis?
    • I am limited for what I can do while working at home. Can my employer make me take a pay cut or reduce my hours?
    • I am under a probationary period with my employer. How will this affect me being laid off during the Covid-19?
    • I was on sick leave unrelated to COVID-19 and am now able to return to work. My employer is saying to stay home. What do I do?
    • Can an employer still terminate me during this time, even if my job has not been affected by COVID-19?
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    The fear and danger of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused significant economic upheaval in Canada. Businesses and individuals have had to cope with the crisis and adapt to the current reality.

    We have identified a number of legal issues in the form of employment law questions from an employer’s perspective resulting from the COVID-19 situation.

    If these questions affect you or your business then you may wish to speak to Karen Zvulony our employment lawyer who can discuss your particular situation with you and offer some answers to your legal questions.

    Coronavirus Questions from An Employer’s Perspective

    • Do I have to continue to pay employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 or are in quarantine? What about employees who have chosen to self-isolate?
    • I have been forced to close my business temporarily, what are my obligations to my employees? Does it make a difference if I voluntarily choose to close? 
    • As an employer, what are my liabilities if an employee in my workplace tests positive for Covid-19?
    • Can I fire an employee who has Covid-19 and did not report it?
    • I have an employee that was underperforming for some time and want to terminate them now, can I?
    • Am I required to allow employees to work from home? 
    • What are my obligations if an employee refuses to come to work? 
    • What if an employee cannot work remotely or otherwise due to childcare responsibilities due to the school closures?
    • If I have to lay off some employees but not all, how can I lay off without showing favoritism or the employee claiming a Human Rights issue?
    • I recently hired some employees who have not yet started, given the current situation, I no longer have work for them, what are my obligations if any?
    • Can I retract any offers of employment due to the current situation? 
    • What if one of my employees is using this crisis as an excuse?
    • Can I stop an employee from travelling? 
    • Can I give an employee the option of taking a wage cut/reduced hours in lieu of a layoff or termination? 
    • What can I ask employees or potential employees about their health?
    • Can I fire an employee that refuses to come to work because they want to self-isolate, yet I see on their social media that they are out in public places? 
    • I have an employee that has family members whom they live with that recently returned from abroad, can I refuse to allow them to return to work? If so, do I have to pay them? 
    • Do I have to give employees severance who are terminated due to Covid-19? 
    • Do I have to rehire the same employees back after they have been laid off due to Covid-19?
    • Do I have to accommodate employees to work remotely from home? What if this is not possible? 

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    Gag Proceeding Dismissed

    Toronto Defamation Lawyer Gil Zvulony successfully represented his client in the Ontario Court of Appeal, in a precedent setting case that was one of the first to test Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) in the courts. A good background on the case was published by Maclean’s magazine at the time of the lower court decision: How a Real Estate Developer’s Efforts to Silence a Critic Failed. That article described the dispute as “a defamation lawsuit filed by a Goliath of the syndicated mortgage industry against a veritable David of real estate analysts.”

    The  Court of Appeal sided with Mr. Zvulony’s client and agreed that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the new law. The Court found that “this lawsuit had the strong indicia of a true SLAPP.” The Court found that the “contract” being sued on, a contract that sought to silence Mr. Zvulony’s client from speaking about the defendants, would not be enforced as it unduly interfered with Mr. Rabidoux’s right to express himself on matters of public interest. It is one of the few Canadian decisions to examine the enforceability of a “contract of silence”.

    In addition to having the lawsuit dismissed Mr. Zvulony’s client was awarded his full indemnity costs in the lower court and his costs of the appeal.

    • Court of Appeal Decision: Fortress Real Developments Inc. v. Rabidoux, 2018 ONCA 686 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/htqb7>
    • Lower Court Decision: Fortress Real Developments Inc. v Rabidoux, 2017 ONSC 167 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/gwt81>

    DISCLAIMER: This description is intended only to provide information about the activities and experience of our lawyers and should not be understood as a guarantee or assurance of future success in any matter. 

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    On December 12, 2012, Gil Zvulony will be speaking to a group of lawyers and other legal practitioners at the Commons Institute’s annual Solo and Small Firm Summit 2012.

    Mr. Zvulony will discuss how technology can be used to improve client communication.  The program has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada of the Law Society’s CPD requirement.

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    Toronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony was quoted extensively in the media regarding the case of hockey player Mike Zigomanis and the posting of nude photos claiming to be him on a US website by an anonymous poster.

    Some of the articles can be found here:

     

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    Toronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony recently appeared in several media sources to discuss the sharing of RIDE locations on Facebook or Twitter.  RIDE involves police spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impairment. Gil discussed how the law, as it currently stands, does not prohibit such activity.

    “Once you think about making it illegal, you get into all sorts of problems. If tweeting it is illegal, then what if you text it to someone? What if you text it to five people?” said lawyer Gil Zvulony, who specializes in Internet law.

    Gil Zvulony was a guest on the Mike Bullard Show on December 16, 2011. Gil referred to a court case involving the flashing of someone’s high beams to warn drivers of a speed trap.  The high beam flasher was found not guilty of obstruction of justice. A podcast of the show may be downloaded here.

    On December 28, 2011 Gil appeared on CBC News to discuss the topic.  The broadcast and related article can be found here:

    RIDE checkpoints revealed on Twitter

    On Dec 27, 2011 Gil was quoted on the front page of the Globe and Mail in

    Police fight back against tweets that reveal RIDE checkpoints.

    Toronto Internet Lawyer, Gil Zvulony was a guest on the Mike Bullard Show on November 16, 2011.  They discussed the law as it relates to lying on Facebook and other websites.  A podcast of the show may be downloaded here.

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    Toronto IT Lawyer Gil Zvulony legal opinion was recently quoted in two articles on the legal implication of using a financial aggregator site like, Mint.com.  You may read the articles here:

    http://www.moneysense.ca/2011/04/26/the-banks-take-a-bite-out-of-mint-com/

    http://www.moneysense.ca/2011/04/19/hidden-danger-at-mint-com/