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Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Law professor deems medically assisted dying amendments welcome, needed Jocelyn_Downie_sm

A legal mind is lauding Ottawa’s renewed bid to amend assisted dying laws that would remove an eligibility requirement deemed unconstitutional and widen the ability to consent to a life-ending medical procedure. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 9:28 AM

Change needed on mandatory minimum sentences, criminal records: senator Sen. Kim Pate

A Canadian senator has once again brought forward legislation on mandatory minimum sentences and criminal records, which she says has the potential to deliver concrete anti-racist steps forward for the criminal legal system. The two bills, S-207 and S-208, were recently introduced by Sen. Kim Pate, former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

The Sherman estate case reaches Supreme Court: Part one sealed_document_sm

The circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman remain a mystery; so too, do the heirs to their fortunes. This is because the Sherman estate trustees successfully applied to have their probate applications sealed, thus preventing the public from viewing their wills. In 2018, a reporter for the Toronto Star, Kevin Donovan, challenged the validity of the sealing order.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 3:31 PM

Compassion over compliance: From retributive to restorative justice | Marvin Zuker

Prior to COVID-19 closing schools and changing our way of life, our schools had been failing many of our children. The disproportionate suspension and expulsion of Black students was the norm. Teachers had low expectations of these students. There were schools in Ontario with more police officers than counsellors. Our students need our support, not punishment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 3:37 PM

Ontario Superior Court temporarily suspends jury selection in Toronto, Ottawa and Brampton Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz sm

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has announced that new jury selection is suspended for the next 28 days in Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa to align with the province’s return to “modified” stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions in those regions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Five new justices named to Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of five new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Oct. 22, 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 12:51 PM

Ownership registry needed to crack down on tax evasion, money laundering in Canada: coalition

A coalition of public-interest groups is asking the federal government to crack down on financial crime in Canada by establishing a cross-country registry on beneficial ownership of companies, but a leading tax lawyer is saying enforcement of current rules would be a more effective step than bringing in new legislation. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 8:47 AM

What to do about sharp rise in self-represented litigants legal_headache_sm

Increased funding for legal aid to help with the dilemma of self-represented litigants (SRLs) isn’t in the cards — at least not anytime soon. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 6:16 AM

SENTENCING - Failure to provide necessaries of life - Maximum or minimum sentence available

Appeal by the Crown from sentence of one day’s imprisonment and three years’ probation for failure to provide the necessaries of life. The respondent’s daughter suffered from cerebral palsy and was totally dependent on the respondent and others to care for her. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

Time to put civil justice out to pasture? | Michael Lesage

Objectively speaking, the Ontario court system has long functioned poorly, a state of affairs much aggravated by COVID-19. Long delays in criminal prosecutions continue to result in dismissed cases, despite the dictates of the Jordan decision (R. v. Jordan 2016 SCC 27). The Ontario family law system can charitably be described as a shambles and is perhaps best known for its Byzantine rules and procedures (see CLEO Family Law flowcharts) and close to 60 per cent rate of self-representation. ... [read more]