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Wednesday, October 05, 2022 @ 9:53 AM

Legal clinic director is 2022 recipient of Guthrie Award by Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario announced that Roberto (Robert) Lattanzio is the 2022 recipient of the Guthrie Award, the foundation’s signature award to recognize exceptional access to justice champions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 04, 2022 @ 3:14 PM

Rules of Civil Procedure ‘need to be overhauled,’ says Superior Court Chief Justice Morawetz (L-R) Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, Associate Chief Justice J. Michal Fairburn, Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve at the Opening of the Courts.

At the first hybrid Opening of the Courts ceremony, held on Oct. 3 in Toronto, Ontario’s associate chief justice, as well as the chief justices of the Superior Court and Court of Justice, highlighted the pandemic’s lasting impact on the courts, the necessity of change in civil proceedings and the need for more digital enhancements to court proceedings even as people return to in-person hearings. ... [read more]

Monday, October 03, 2022 @ 1:38 PM

How about a plea of innocence? | John L. Hill

Do you remember when you were told about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny? We all live with secrets and then discover answers later on in life. Sometimes these answers shock us. Sometimes they allow us to carry on better. Maybe it is better if we dispel the myths we have accepted as certain and learn to live in a society where truth prevails. ... [read more]

Monday, October 03, 2022 @ 12:02 PM

Size of Alberta class action on bail hearing delay ‘well in excess’ of 17,000 people, lawyer says Margaret Waddell, Waddell Phillips

An Alberta judge has given the go-ahead to a class action alleging the lack of access to timely bail hearings has led to thousands of Charter violations in the province. ... [read more]

Friday, September 30, 2022 @ 10:17 AM

Recommendations on prolific offending at intersection of law, health and social services: law prof Michelle Lawrence, University of Victoria

A B.C. expert panel has provided a suite of recommendations on how to deal with the twin phenomena of “prolific offending” and unprovoked violent stranger attacks in the province, which call for increased mental health and community support to help people break out of the cycle they have found themselves in. But legal experts are flagging a recommendation that calls for detention for some individuals which has the potential to raise constitutional concerns. ... [read more]

Friday, September 30, 2022 @ 9:13 AM

Ontario takes positive step in employing people with criminal records | John L. Hill

We see them everywhere — signs in shop windows saying, “Help Wanted.” What we are not accustomed to seeing is advocates for prisoner rights in Ontario complimenting the provincial government for initiatives to assist people released from imprisonment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Accused’s Indigeneity ‘relevant’ factor to take into account in Corbett application, court rules Owen Goddard, counsel

In upholding a lower court decision, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has asserted that “an accused’s Indigeneity is a relevant, although not dispositive, factor to take into account in a Corbett application.” Counsel involved in the case noted the wide-reaching impacts on the criminal bar, stressing that there is “nothing in principle that would seem to necessarily limit the reasoning of the court here to only Indigenous accused.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 3:19 PM

New B.C. bar association president anticipating major change in justice system, legal profession Aleem Bharmal, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) president

The newly minted president of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is saying he will be pushing for more access to justice and increased legal aid funding over the course of his term in office, which will run alongside anticipated major changes to the governance of lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Canada Gazette expands online commenting to all proposed regulations

Lawyers, businesses and others who closely monitor federal legislation could find it easier to comment on regulations in the pipeline following the extension to all proposed regulations of the Canada Gazette’s online commenting tool — with the government announcing that any comments made on a proposed regulation will be accessible for public online viewing “once the consultation period is over.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 9:47 AM

Food, generosity in prison | David Dorson

“Don’t offer to share things with other prisoners. It will make them suspicious.” That advice, given to me by a staff person in a minimum-security prison, was highly revealing about prison life. In most settings where people live together and know each other, generosity is a way of building social solidarity. It can be that in prison as well, but sometimes your effort to be generous will be understood very differently — as a way to gain an advantage or create an obligation. Prison is an environment where trust is low and fear is high, and that distorts the way people think. ... [read more]