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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

U of T’s experiential program makes learning about the law ‘come alive’ Kim_Snell

Emma Weiss, a second-year law student at the University of Toronto, recalls feeling shocked as she sat in startup advisory board meetings in the fall of 2019. “I’m used to being a student and having no answers,” she said. But the startup teams “expected me to have answers to things. ... It was a learning moment for me that when I’m out of law school, all of the sudden I’m going to be in this trusted adviser position.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

Sex assault education for Saskatchewan legal professionals good for survivors: official

Saskatchewan’s government is continuing its development of a sex assault education program for legal professionals in efforts to strengthen survivors’ confidence in the justice system. Ministry of Justice and Attorney General spokesperson Noel Busse recently confirmed that officials are “currently working with the legal community to provide the first intake of the program this year.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

Queen’s Legal Aid receives $200,000 donation from Toronto law firm

The Faculty of Law at Queen’s University announced that Bogoroch & Associates LLP has donated $200,000 to Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA). ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

2020 Vision: Collaboration, co-operation, co-ordination | Kurt Sandstrom

The beginning of a new year — and even more so a new decade — inspires resolutions and future focused thinking. We all make New Year’s resolutions, so why shouldn’t the justice system? The system should vow to get itself in shape by focusing on the three C’s of justice reform: collaboration, co-operation and co-ordination.   ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Immigration bar offers pro bono legal help to families of air passengers shot down in Iran Ravi_Jain

Canadian immigration lawyers have mobilized once again to offer free legal services to people in dire need — this time to assist family members of the 86 Canadians and permanent residents who died Jan. 8 when Iranian missiles downed Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:51 PM

Law not always fair to litigants who retain counsel | Gary Joseph

Recently I commented on what I perceived to be issues arising from the increasing presence of self-represented litigants in family law matters. In that column I commented on the Canadian Judicial Council’s Statement of Principles. I raised concerns with respect to these principles. I stated the following: ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:27 AM

Universities as state actors | Barry Bussey

Recently, the Alberta Court of Appeal made a momentous decision (UAlberta Pro-Life v. Governors of the University of Alberta 2020 ABCA 1) that the University of Alberta is subject to the Charter. Until now, public universities were thought to be private entities, not government actors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Legal Aid Manitoba says it is prepared if private lawyers stage work stoppage Allan_Fineblit_sm

Legal Aid Manitoba has a short-term “contingency” plan ready should the province’s private criminal lawyers stop taking new cases to protest the current rates of compensation, says an official with the service provider. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

Key employment law cases in 2019 briefcasesm2.jpg

With 2019 firmly behind us, we have reviewed the top cases of 2019 and narrowed our selection to five cases. In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed constructive dismissal in Morningstar v. Hospitality Fallsview Holdings Inc. 2019 ONWSIAT 2324 and the definition of dependent contractors in Thurston v. Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) 2019 ONCA 640. What follows are the remaining three cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

Legal Aid Alberta moving to ‘service location model’ on lawyer choice, travel compensation

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is asking its roster lawyers to update their online profiles in order to reflect changes it is implementing on choice of counsel for clients and travel compensation for those who take on legal aid certificates. ... [read more]