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Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Determining best interests of trans and gender non-conforming children Transgender_jpg

Family court judges are increasingly being asked to make decisions revolving around a child’s transgender identity or gender non-conforming (GNC) behaviour. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 @ 1:31 PM

Lawyers, doctors protest Ontario cuts to legal aid, immigration advocacy Legal_Aid_Demonstration_sm

A May 7 rally at Ontario’s legislature by lawyers and doctors protesting cuts to legal aid was about “life and death” for vulnerable people in need of advocacy, says an organizer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Cutting legal aid for refugee claimants is lose-lose cutting_money_sm

The first time I worked on a refugee file was in 1983. As a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Community and Legal Aid Services Program, I interviewed a young man who came into the clinic. He had escaped a repressive African country where he was imprisoned and tortured because he attended a peaceful demonstration. My supervisor ended up instructing me to refer him to a lawyer who could take on his case with a legal aid certificate, because the matter was too complex for a law student to handle. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Ford cuts, Goldstein column, revisited | Scott Reid

It was with dismay bordering on disbelief that I read Sam Goldstein’s article in The Lawyer’s Daily regarding crime victim compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

‘No one thought this would happen’: outgoing benchers react to turnover at LSO William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recent election has cast the spotlight on a divisive issue: the Statement of Principles (SOP). A “well organized” slate of candidates campaigned to repeal the SOP and took 22 of the 40 lawyer seats available at Convocation, effectively displacing 19 of the benchers running for re-election. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Access to justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts | Kelly Goldthorpe

“If they actually looked into it, there is more money being spent on lawyer fees and less cases. The people that actually need the system to help them, they aren’t getting the proper support. We have to hold these people accountable. When there’s more money to the lawyers and less money to the people, I’ve got an issue with it.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford, April 22, 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, May 03, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Migrant workers fight back through courts, law reform advocacy silhouettefarmer_jpg

Migrant workers Maila Ceguerra, Lourdes dela Pena, Jesse Veneranda and Marisol Bobadilla have filed an Ontario small claims court action against recruitment agency Link4Staff Inc and their former employer Sharon Mushroom Farm. In addition to this civil action, Laxman Marsonia, the farm owner, faces human trafficking and misrepresentation-related charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Time to mobilize family law litigants | John-Paul Boyd

Another election has come and gone in Alberta, and with it another opportunity to get family law reform and access to justice on the radar. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Getting Punky off death row Dogalone

Not long ago, I wrote about so-called dangerous dogs and my experience with such cases over the past 19-plus years.   ... [read more]