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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Promises, promises: Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives Election button

Given that Canada is in the home stretch of a federal election campaign, we’ve entered one of the more entertaining portions of federal politics — the parties are lining up to make impressive (and often untenable) promises to voters and the area of tax is, as usual, front and centre. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Pharmacare in spotlight during 2019 election | Lisa Feldstein

Canada is recognized worldwide for its universal health care. We rarely have to pay when we visit a doctor or a hospital. Our system is predicated on medical need rather than ability to pay, and this model has become part of the Canadian identity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Indigenous issues slowly disappear from election 2019 | Pamela Palmater

The unofficial slogan for the 2015 Liberal election campaign was “there is no relationship more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” It was a mantra shared repeatedly by Justin Trudeau pre- and post-election and stood in stark contrast to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adversarial relationship with First Nations. In fact, it was Trudeau’s election promise to make Indigenous issues a political priority, together with his commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship grounded in respect for Indigenous rights, that helped his party win the Indigenous vote. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Protective agencies and institutions - Supervision or guardianship

Appeal by the mother from summary judgment appointing the Agency as the permanent guardian of her daughter, AN. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Increasing use of non-traditional legal services for family cases Woman on laptop with icons

In response to concerns about addressing access to family justice issues, a project has been launched in Ontario to increase the use of such unbundled legal services as limited scope retainers, legal coaching and privately paid duty counsel for family law disputes. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

How major political parties address important issue of dementia electionflag

The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Delay: Jordan’s big effect on civil litigation spiral_clock_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jordan 2016 1 SCC 27 has had a big impact, not only in the context of criminal law, but also in civil actions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

Family law fertile ground for Alberta lawyer Alex MacNab

For many lawyers, job satisfaction is linked to helping people. For Alex MacNab, it is specifically linked to helping people have a family. “On a daily basis, I’m helping people create their babies,” MacNab, a family fertility lawyer and partner with Moe Hannah LLP in Calgary, told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New technology in family law for practitioners Man working at laptop

Since Dec. 31, 2016, with the finalization of Justice Annemarie Bonkalo’s report to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) about the provision of family legal services, the issue of efficiency with the family law process has been at the forefront of the profession. With cuts to the budget for Legal Aid Ontario, the need for efficiencies through technology in the family law process is more vital now than ever before. ... [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]