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Sixties Scoop survivors now eligible for compensation after approval of settlement
Signa Daum Shanks
Signa Daum Shanks, an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, said the ‘really difficult quality’ of all these claims is quantifying what harm happened and how to get to what could be considered an ‘appropriate’ settlement.

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

The long and winding road of getting compensation for Indigenous people who were victims of the notorious Sixties Scoop has come to an end after two courts approved a settlement reached with the federal government late last year. The Sixties Scoop was a policy wherein federal and provincial officials took Indigenous children from their homes and put them into foster families for adoption. In October 2017, the federal government announced a settlement of $750 million for survivors after an agreement was forged with counsel in two separate court actions in the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Immigration detention did not breach man’s Charter rights, Court of Appeal rules

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed an immigration detention appeal from a man who has been kept in custody since 2013 and allowed the cross-appeal from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Appeal Court held that a lower court erred in finding the appellant had established a s. 12 Charter breach. ... [read more]

Voice of the Child reports now offered across Ontario Rachel Birnbaum sm

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Ontario family courts now have multiple ways to gain a child’s perspective as the Office of the Children’s Lawyer is offering Focused Children’s Lawyer Reports (FCLR) and Voice of the Child reports (VOCs). The service is provided province-wide after a lengthy research project showed the reports’ positive impact. ... [read more]