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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]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 1:55 PM

Court rules Quebec’s back-to-work legislation unconstitutional

A Quebec court ruling that declared unconstitutional a special law that forced provincial government lawyers and notaries to put a halt to the longest Canadian strike by public civil servants may give them much needed ammunition to persuade the government to introduce binding arbitration, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Message to Wilson-Raybould still applicable today | David Milgaard

Two years ago, I wrote the following letter to the-then Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. disability insurance decision commentary on access to justice, law prof says Toby Goldbach, UBC School of Law

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a woman pursuing a disability insurance claim is entitled to special legal costs even though there was no improper conduct from the insurance company, a decision being called significant because it would allow trial courts to consider a litigant’s personal and financial circumstances when determining costs. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

New program helps self-represented navigate small claims court in Nova Scotia Heather de Berdt Romilly

Self-represented litigants in Nova Scotia’s small claims court are getting a big boost. The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS), in partnership with the court, has launched a navigator program to help individuals wend their way through the system and have support throughout the judicial process. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

Refugees and the federal election: Setting the record straight Federal election 2019

When it came time for the 2015 federal election campaign, we had slipped as a nation. The former government’s views on refugees were crystal clear. Not mincing words, it threw around terms like “bogus refugees” and referred to people coming to Canada for “gold-plated” health care, casting refugees from certain regions as unworthy scammers. The courts have since ruled that there was no evidence for any of this rhetoric and in fact, it flew in the face of s. 15 of the Charter. ... [read more]