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Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 1:04 PM

Justice for all is justice we should aspire to | Chris Bentley

My colleague, Guy Pratte, questions whether virtual justice is “real justice’’ in his recent opinion piece (The Lawyer’s Daily, Oct. 26, 2022). He argues that a return to the in-person proceeding is essential for “real justice,” with anything else apparently being of lesser worth. ... [read more]

Friday, November 25, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

My wish for 2022? The Family Law Services Provider licence | Michelle Lomazzo

On Dec. 1, Convocation of the Law Society of Ontario will vote on the Family Law Services Provider (FLSP) licence. My wish for 2022? That most benchers will vote in favour of the FLSP licence. There is widespread agreement among the judiciary, family law bar, the paralegal community and family law litigants that an access to justice crisis exists in family law matters. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 1:56 PM

Ontario dedicates additional $1.4 million in funding to Landlord and Tenant Board Doug Downey, Attorney General

The Ontario government is providing an extra $1.4 million to the Landlord and Tenant Board, so the board can “hire over 35 additional operational staff to enhance scheduling and client experience, issue decisions and orders faster and help tackle the high number of cases before the board.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 @ 11:20 AM

Parenting co-ordination as judicial tool: Achieving access to justice for children Stick-figure family

Many have discussed the benefits of parenting co-ordination, here and elsewhere. Lawyers generally recognize the benefits of PC, but most do not address the elephant in the room — PC is only available for children whose parents agree to work with a parenting co-ordinator. We say enough is enough — best interest decisions are about children’s rights and not parent’s rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 1:46 PM

LSO’s Access to Innovation project approves first participant

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced on Nov. 15 that its Access to Innovation (A2I) project’s Advisory Council has approved Willful, an online estate planning platform, as the first participant. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 4:31 PM

Ottawa funds litigators to devise legal weapons to fight anti-Black racism in justice system Moya Teklu

Litigators helping clients fight anti-black racism in criminal, child protection, immigration, or civil law matters may soon find assistance at Toronto’s Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), which is getting $1 million in federal aid to be used, in part, to pay private bar lawyers to create factums, and gather expert evidence, that will assist in raising cutting edge legal arguments aimed at eradicating individual and systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario’s justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 08, 2022 @ 12:53 PM

Truths and unknowns from along The Dehcho | Stephen O’Neill

“Whereas all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating the superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences, including the doctrines of discovery and terra nullius, are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust” — preamble to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, Statutes of Canada, 2021, c.14 ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 08, 2022 @ 9:52 AM

A Supreme Court of Canada gift for lawyers | Sara Blake

In Annapolis Group Inc. v. Halifax Regional Municipality 2022 SCC 36, a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada muddied the scope of the tort of constructive (de facto) expropriation, in a case concerning a municipality’s refusal to up-zone a property. This tort was well settled and understood, with a clear test that lawyers and lower courts found easy to apply. ... [read more]

Monday, November 07, 2022 @ 10:35 AM

SCC takes ‘step backward’ in Indigenous sentencing decision Hand on fence

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States has heard argument that affirmative action programs practised at some universities like Harvard are unconstitutional. Defenders of affirmative action argue that historically deprived groups deserve special treatment. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 03, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

Alberta funding grants for restorative justice programs Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro

Alberta is inviting organizations which provide restorative justice initiatives in the province to apply for grants to help support and grow their programs. The Alberta Community Restorative Justice (ACRJ) grant supports the delivery of direct restorative justice services. Organizations that provide restorative justice services, including community-based coalitions, registered non-profits, Indigenous communities and youth justice committees, can apply for grants of up to $50,000. ... [read more]