Dispute Resolution Impacts of Bill 57

On November 15, 2018 Doug Ford’s PC Government released Ontario’s Plan for the People. At the same time they introduced Bill 57: Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 in the Legislature. Lots of commentators had plenty to say about the larger changes in this omnibus bill. This is not one of those posts. In […]

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What Mediators can Learn from Navy Seals

The US Navy SEALS are one of the most revered fighting forces in the world. As negotiators, there are few things we can take from professional warriors; as a mediator, there is even less, but the thing even the most devout pacifist can take from these special operators is how to deal with stress. In […]

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Spectrum of Mediation: Facilitative Mediation

This is the long over due second of a three part series on the spectrum of mediation. If you missed it, check out part one on evaluative mediation.The spectrum of mediation hosts three main types or styles of mediation. They flow from the most direction and influence from the mediator to the least. These styles […]

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3 Mediation Location Rules

I was asked by a client where their mediation should be performed. It got me thinking that I should probably share what goes into the decision about mediation location. For me it’s pretty much an even split on the question of who books the location for a mediation. Sometimes it’s the parties and other times […]

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Mediator Codes of Conduct Canada

Mediator Codes of Conduct Canada Mediators in Ontario are not regulated by legislation. However, all three professional organizations for mediators require members to abide by mediator codes of conduct. Two of the organizations, Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM) and Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO), set standards and codes of practice for family […]

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How to Book a Mediator

In this post I thought I would cover the basics of how to book a mediator and how to suggest mediation to the other party. The bulk of this article will deal with the mediation of conflicts that would otherwise end in litigation (Employment and Grievance Mediation). How to Book a Mediator When it comes […]

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How to Find a Professional Mediator

What is a Professional Mediator? Professional services advertisements often include statements akin to “come to the professionals”. The first time I ever heard an ad like this was for laser eye surgery. It left me wondering if people getting amateur laser eye surgery was a big problem. It isn’t. Medicine has regulatory bodies to ensure […]

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Dealing With Grievances

Do you have a number of unresolved grievances? Are you wondering what you can do about them? Does the thought of dealing with grievances make you shudder? Elaine Newman discusses the trouble each side may have in dealing with grievances. She notes management falls victim to the 3 Ds Duck dealing with a question Defer […]

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Define Mediator | Mediator Defined

How Do You Define Mediator? The question of how you define mediator and how you define mediation certainly have related answers. In its simplest form the definition of mediator is a person who mediates. That is neither a satisfying or useful answer to the question. First we have a turn our minds to the process […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution | What it is & How it Helps

Alternative Dispute Resolution vs Dispute Resolution There is some debate right now about whether the term dispute resolution or alternative dispute resolution is the proper name for Arbitration, Mediation and other options that are not litigation. The folks who want to keep alternative in the name see the traditional dispute resolution mechanism as being litigation […]

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