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Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Sharing the wealth of the lands | Stephen O’Neill

“The prime minister … cares about the people way up north, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there. And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help. Thank you everybody. Thanks for listening to that.” (Gord Downie, Tragically Hip Concert, Kingston, Ont., Aug. 21, 2016). ... [read more]

Monday, November 01, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

Insurer’s attempt to limit access to benefits rejected by Divisional Court Claim form rejected

Many people involved in motor vehicle accidents require rehabilitation in order to recover. Car insurance is designed to be a form of risk management and provides the insured individual with an assurance that certain expenses will be covered in defined circumstances. The recent case of Aviva Insurance Company of Canada v. Danay Suarez 2021 ONSC 6200, is an important decision for accident victims. It confirms that the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), which forms part of every consumer automobile insurance policy, was intended as consumer protection legislation to help accident victims access the benefits they need and are entitled to. ... [read more]

Monday, November 01, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

The digital divide of justice: How much Internet is enough? WiFi sign with an X through it

Bell, Rogers and Telus. The Canadian telecommunications industry is dominated by this group of powerful players. Smaller service providers struggle to compete against these giants in the battle to provide affordable and accessible Internet. The proposed merger between Rogers and Shaw would give Rogers “a nearly national monopoly on cable TV and Internet infrastructure” (OpenMedia press release) and gives cause to consider the implications of such a union. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 12:43 PM

Ontario invests over $72 million to address ‘unprecedented backlog of criminal cases’ Doug Downey, Attorney General

On Oct. 29, the Ontario government announced an investment of “over $72 million over two years” to address the “unprecedented backlog of criminal cases that have accumulated in the justice system as a result of the pandemic.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice: #A2J Week in Canada is reason to celebrate | Beverley McLachlin

It is Access to Justice Week in Canada. Every year across the country we take the last week of October to gather — in small groups, large events, between justice service providers, with the public — to talk about the access to justice issues. In other words, we focus on people-centred justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

French-language rights: Law societies’ duty to francophone litigants | Agnès Whitfield

Given the pushback in some Canadian English-language media about Quebec and federal government initiatives to defend and promote French language rights, it is salutary to remember the grave systematic inequities francophone litigants face outside Quebec. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Why go back to the courthouse — the dialogue continues | AJ Jakubowska

Picking up the baton from my dear colleague, Gary Joseph, I am continuing the dialogue he initiated about going back to the courthouse. This is not a retort. Rather, we need to continue talking about this issue and to contribute different points of view because, I firmly believe, heterogeneity of ideas is the only recipe for improving and growing what we already have. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 3:51 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal resuming in-person hearings

On Oct. 26, the Ontario Court of Appeal announced that it would resume hearing in-person appeals starting Nov. 8. “The Court will begin hearing criminal appeals and panel motions in person on November 8 and will begin hearing civil appeals and panel motions in person on November 15,” the announcement explained, noting that “inmate appeals, single-judge motions, purge court, and status court will continue to be heard remotely until further notice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

LSO kicks off sixth annual A2J Week with sunrise ceremony at Osgoode Hall (L-R) Myeengun Henry and Teresa Donnelly

On Oct. 25, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) launched the sixth annual Access to Justice (A2J) Week by hosting a sunrise ceremony performed by Indigenous Elder Myeengun Henry. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 4:04 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:46 AM

NDP MP, deputy chiefs call on government for A2J for St. Anne’s Residential School survivors

On Oct. 25, NDP member of Parliament Charlie Angus, along with residential school survivors and deputy chiefs, called on the prime minister to meet with St. Anne’s Residential School survivors regarding a “miscarriage of justice” highlighted by an interim report delivered by Justice Ian Pitfield. ... [read more]