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Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Panel highlights ‘erasure’ of trans identity from sex-ed curriculum at Pride Month event Noah Sparrow sm

Removing LGBTQ+ identities from Ontario’s sex education curriculum last year caused a backlash that included legal challenges from teachers and youth alike. The importance of inclusion and the dangers posed by that “erasure” were highlighted in the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Pride Month program on June 19.     ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

What’s at stake at June 27 Convocation | Michael Menear

The June 27, 2019, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Convocation will be the first business meeting of the five newly elected paralegal benchers, eight recently appointed lay benchers, and 40 lawyer benchers (including the incumbents and the StopSOP slate). As such, this Convocation will be no “business as usual” meeting. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

Perils of facial recognition algorithmic tools in policing facial recognition

The Toronto Police Service has been using facial recognition tools for over a year. This means that police are feeding images of folks in Toronto, captured as we go about our daily business, into an algorithmic tool that is trained to identify faces. These could be photos from a crime scene caught on cellphone cameras, images caught by video surveillance cameras in department stores or public parking garages, they could be stills or videos caught by the myriad cameras we happen to pass every day. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

Rare case in P.E.I. sees people with disabilities caused by mental illness get green light for class action Mike Dull

A court in Prince Edward Island has taken a bite out of the province’s access to justice troubles by clearing the way for a landmark class action by a group claiming to have been unlawfully denied disability benefits because they are mentally ill.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Indigenizing justice | Kurt Sandstrom

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21) and their culture, achievements and contributions, this is also an opportunity to consider how the justice system can better meet the needs of Indigenous people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Gowling WLG partner to be honoured for access to justice work

François Baril, a litigation partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, has been named a recipient of this year’s Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) Order of Merit award. The award will be presented  during the AJEFO’s 40th annual conference June 21-22 in Sudbury, Ont. ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Manitoba plans to ‘modernize’ courts, but questions remain Cliff_Cullen_sm

Details such as start date and cost remain unknown in Manitoba’s bid to replace its old and fragmented court system with computerized management. The province’s government announced on May 28 its plans to “modernize Manitoba’s courts through the development of an Integrated Case Management System (ICMS),” integrated computer technology linking courts across the province. ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Controversial Bill 21 demands irreligious uniformity, opposite of neutrality | Derek Ross and Robert Reynolds

Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 is expected to be voted on this week. If passed, the bill would prohibit many public workers, including certain public sector lawyers, from wearing “religious symbols in the exercise of their functions.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Independent paralegals signal major invasions of lawyers’ markets | Ken Chasse

Some of Canada’s law societies are creating new types of paralegal workers, being persons of lesser qualifications, licensed to provide certain types of legal services. The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in the process of creating family law specialist paralegals, and the Law Society of British Columbia has a Licensed Paralegal Working Group considering what services, and training, would non-lawyers need to be able to provide legal services in family law matters. ... [read more]