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SCC upholds Ontario court order to return wrongly retained children to Dubai in groundbreaking case
Lindsey Love Forester
Lindsey Love-Forester of Toronto’s Lerners Lawyers, co-counsel for a father who obtained an Ontario court order that his children be returned from Ontario to Dubai, said a parent who wrongly removes a child from the country of their habitual residence faces a high burden to show ‘serious harm’ if the child is returned – merely a negative impact is not enough.

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 6:28 PM

Last Updated: Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 6:59 PM

Cautioning that Canada must not become “a haven” for international parental child abductions in non-Hague Convention cases, the Supreme Court of Canada has 5-4 affirmed an Ontario court’s refusal to assume jurisdiction over an international custody dispute between an Ontario-based mother and Dubai-based father, and upheld the lower court’s order under s. 40 of the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA) to send two young children in Ontario back to their habitual residence in Dubai, where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) courts would have jurisdiction to determine their custody. ... [read more]

New committees to look at employment accessibility, service delivery standards in B.C.

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 10:57 AM

British Columbia has set up a pair of committees to help develop the province’s first two standards for accessibility. Announced Dec. 1, the two 15-person committees will support the work of the provincial accessibility committee to develop standards on employment accessibility and accessible service delivery. ... [read more]

Bencher Goldstein serves LSO, treasurer with notice of libel at Convocation Sam Goldstein, LSO bencher

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 9:15 AM

Bencher Sam Goldstein has served the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and its treasurer, Jacqueline Horvat, with notice under the Libel and Slander Act for a statement the treasurer issued in response to a tweet Goldstein had posted regarding the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new Innovator in Residence. ... [read more]

New B.C. bail policy ‘an exercise in politics,’ lawyer says Michael Mulligan, Mulligan Defence Lawyers

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

British Columbia has issued a new policy directive on bail to Crown prosecutors, which is aimed at ensuring greater public safety and keeping those who are deemed to be “repeat violent offenders” behind bars. ... [read more]

LSO approves Family Legal Services Provider licence allowing paralegals ‘limited scope’ in family law Cathy Corsetti, LSO bencher

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 4:16 PM

After an intense and lengthy debate, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved the Family Legal Services Provider (FLSP) licence, which will allow “specially trained paralegals to provide a limited scope of service in family law matters.” ... [read more]