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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:45 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court hits 10 years Pamela_Williams_sm

Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court is now a decade old, and a judge sitting behind its bench sees its success as helping pave the way for an increase in co-operative justice as an alternative to traditional forms of punishment. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 1:15 PM

Sentencing of woman as dangerous offender overturned by Ontario Court of Appeal

An Ontario judge committed a miscarriage of justice in 2012 when she deemed that a woman with mental, behavioural and cognitive challenges was a dangerous offender and should be imprisoned indefinitely, according to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling.   ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Increasing use of non-traditional legal services for family cases Woman on laptop with icons

In response to concerns about addressing access to family justice issues, a project has been launched in Ontario to increase the use of such unbundled legal services as limited scope retainers, legal coaching and privately paid duty counsel for family law disputes. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 3:59 PM

Judge makes ‘extraordinary’ advance costs order in land rights case

An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ordered the federal government and Alberta’s government to pay advance legal costs in a land rights case, saying the First Nation involved would be forced to end its litigation if she did not. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

How major political parties address important issue of dementia electionflag

The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

OBA president calls new Innovator-in-Residence, Ryerson LIZ a ‘world leader’ Colin Stevenson 2019 sm

The Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) will be the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) next Innovator-in-Residence, helping build on OBA president Colin Stevenson’s theme for his term. “The Innovator-in-Residence Program leads and supports the Ontario bar to, and through, innovative change with the information, education, practical advice and tools that lawyers need to succeed in a rapidly changing market,” said Stevenson on the appointment announcement on Oct. 7.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Why legal aid matters in this federal election | Patricia Hebert

Take a look at the people in your neighbourhood, where you live or work — the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, as the Sesame Street song says. Some, you can’t help but notice, are already in trouble — people asking for money, or sleeping on the street. But others who might look like they have it all under control could be one legal issue away from personal disaster. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

In Uber case, arbitration organizations failed the test arbitration_international_sm

On Sept. 16, 2019, aspiring interveners in the Uber v. Heller 2019 ONCA 1 appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada (the Uber case) filed their motions for leave to intervene. The submissions filed by several arbitration organizations make for rather depressing reading. With one or two notable exceptions, what they support is the notion that even when there is a direct conflict between arbitration and access to justice, arbitration must win. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Political animals in Canada Federal Election

By special request from an animal law superfan, I was asked to take a wide-angle lens to the upcoming federal election in relation to needs of animals. With the Oct. 21 voting day looming, my conclusion is that concerns of animals do not appear to be a juggernaut issue or priority for any of the big four political parties, but that said, some parties do have some animal-centred policies that they have in their contemplation. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

LFO’s Class Proceedings Fund adds associate counsel

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) and the Class Proceedings Committee announced that Remissa Hirji has joined as its first associate counsel. ... [read more]