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Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 1:54 PM

Why you should consider foreign trained lawyers | Kimberly Gale

I have become an advocate for internationally educated lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Justice Côté and the importance of dissent | Vanessa MacDonnell

On Feb. 27, 2019, Supreme Court of Canada Justice Suzanne Côté delivered a robust defence of the role of dissent in a public lecture at McGill University. The lecture, titled “Independence and Collegiality: How do they Co-Exist at the Supreme Court of Canada?” made the case for judges’ broad “right” to dissent. The remarks are Justice Côté’s most extensive comments on this topic since joining the court in December 2014, and they offer a fascinating glimpse of the judicial philosophy of the current court’s most frequent dissenter. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Why I ran for office | Robert Geurts

Despite what Shakespeare claimed, there is a consensus that lawyers have something to contribute to the legislative policies of society. The truth is that many lawyers are in fact motivated to perfect the human condition in our overall evolutionary pursuit to become better people. I chose to run for public office because of the promise of what humanity could be; and I saw a call from the millennials for a creative solution revolution. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Access to justice for animals: It’s possible | Victoria Shroff

As part of the Access to Civil Justice for Middle Income Canadians Colloquium in February 2011, the then Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, stated, “It [access to justice] is a fundamental right, not an accessory.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 8:12 AM

Clarification coming on discretionary bonuses | Stuart Rudner

The law regarding post-termination bonus entitlement is in a state of uncertainty which might soon be clarified by the highest court in the land, as the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited [2018] S.C.C.A. No. 331. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Dear federal government: Ignorance of law is no excuse | Heather MacIvor

The rule of law is a fundamental principle of Canada’s Constitution. It requires, first and foremost, that public power be exercised in conformity to the law. Every individual entrusted with government power must do or refrain from doing what the law demands. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

From tools and tech to relationships and respect | Kurt Sandstrom

The justice sector has been the subject of intense scrutiny over recent years. This has both compelled and inspired us to seek new and innovative ways of ensuring access to justice for all British Columbians. We have pursued principled, achievable and meaningful initiatives that address both the relatively simple and the more complex issues facing the justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Access to Justice: Saving pro bono help centres | Beverley McLachlin

On a chilly November day in Toronto last fall, I received an unexpected e-mail. Would I be willing to make a video statement to help save Pro Bono Ontario’s court-based Law Help Centres? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature | Angelique EagleWoman

Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the earth as “Mother Earth” and regard her as providing sustenance for all life. When you observe the material objects that surround you on a daily basis, it becomes quite apparent that everything we touch, own, wear, travel in and use as human beings is derived from the earth’s resources. Thus, in a prayer from my Dakota Nation culture, we call upon the earth “who sustains all life and provides for all that lives.” ... [read more]