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Old 07-06-2017, 05:06 PM
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I wonder if a "dispute resolution conference" is along the lines of what we have in Alberta called a JDR which is arbitration (of course "binding" is the only way to go or it's a total waste of time)? In Alberta, a JDR is conducted by a judge and if the two sides cannot come to agreement the judge makes a ruling which is final and binding. The only avenue of appeal is error in law.

So... you should find out if this is merely a case conference or a part of binding arbitration. I believe in Ontario binding arbitration is directed by a senior lawyer. If it is a case conference the judge's ability to order things is limited as the objective is to find a middle ground and avoid escalation to trial.
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