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Court blasts child welfare system’s pace

Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Ontario has no concrete plans to fix a dilatory child welfare litigation regime that the province’s top court says sometimes condemns children to “legal limbo.”

Last month’s ruling by Court of Appeal for Ontario Justices Kathryn Feldman, Janet Simmons and Bradley Miller in C.M.E.M. v. Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo [2015] O.J. No. 4705 bluntly rebukes CAS lawyers, judges and others for their roles in inordinate delays in legal proceedings meant to protect children and secure their best interests in a timely...