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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 1:33 PM

Quebec court’s rejection of legal aid constitutional challenge called ‘catastrophic decision’

A Montreal criminal lawyer behind a constitutional challenge of Quebec’s legal aid disbursements system and a motion to revamp the legal aid fee system lost his bid after Quebec Superior Court held that it was a political matter. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 2:37 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds drug trafficking conviction despite 10(b) Charter breaches Marianne Salih, a partner at Edward H. Royle and Partners LLP

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld a man’s drug trafficking conviction despite multiple breaches of his right to counsel during the execution of a search warrant. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

Access to justice and a culture of focus | William Poulos

Access to justice remains an ongoing, challenging issue. We have made strides in civil litigation, where justice system participants have been encouraged to see things differently. Cultures of delay and meritless litigation tactics are frowned upon. On the criminal side, cultures of complacency are also frowned upon, at risk of having serious charges stayed for delay. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Crowns, judges ‘urgently’ ask Ontario to suspend in-person proceedings

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and court administration have failed to recognize the “compelling public health and safety need” to ensure that all court proceedings are conducted virtually, according to a letter to Premier Doug Ford from organizations representing Ontario judges, Crown attorneys and court workers. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

How COVID-19 changes practice of law A sign reading New Rules

COVID-19 has impacted and changed various industries and fields. The legal industry is no exception. Forbes noted that COVID-19 is changing the legal field and required the “… legal ecosystem become more agile, fluid, collaborative and fluid.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

Occupiers’ liability changes in Ontario will result in people being denied access to justice: lawyer Lawyer Steve Rastin

The new year is likely to bring a lot of change to people’s lives, but one change that may have escaped people’s notice given everything that has been going on is Ontario’s move to limit the amount of time a person has to bring a personal injury case involving ice or snow. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 12:37 PM

Law or journalism: In these troubled times, what matters more? | David Israelson

This new year brings a big anniversary for me, marking the time when I decided to work as a journalist rather than in law. If I were faced with the same decision today, I’m not sure what I’d do. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

Environmental law in Canada: Three storylines to watch in 2021 | Devon Page

It is a new year and the pandemic rages on. Yet hope is on the horizon. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 1:14 PM

Significant 2020 Ontario employment law decisions 2020

With COVID-19 dominating all aspects of life for most of 2020, including the workplace, it is hard to imagine that Ontario courts and tribunals had time to deal with any other legal issues. It is surprising, then, that this year saw so many important decisions in employment and labour law, most of which were not at all related to the pandemic or its effects on the workplace. What follows is the second half of a two-part series on the five top employment and labour law cases of 2020 (and one honourable mention), all of which greatly shaped the law in this area during the past year.  ... [read more]