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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

Can surrogate have parenting time with child? Pregnant lady

Is your surrogate entitled to parenting time with the child they helped bear? The B.C. Supreme Court faced this question in the recent case of K.B. v. M.S.B. 2021 BCSC 1283. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Newfoundland court passing on vaccine requirement for judges

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is not requiring its judges or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but urging them to get their shots all the same. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Federal party platforms on Indigenous human rights show deep divide | Pamela Palmater

After a month of campaigning, a staggered release of platforms and completion of the election debates, we have a good idea of where the main federal party leaders stand on Indigenous issues. While all of them pledged a general commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples during those debates, we heard few details about their actual plans, especially as it relates to ending genocide against Indigenous women and girls. This means that we have to search party platforms for details on how they plan to address violence against Indigenous women, systemic racism in policing and human rights in general. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 9:42 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Parents could face fines, liability if they send kids to school with COVID-19, lawyer warns Nainesh Kotak, founder of Kotak Personal Injury Law

The start of the academic year has brought on a rise in COVID-19 cases, with schools across Ontario reporting active cases amongst students and staff. One school in the province, Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall, has been ordered to close until at least Sept. 20 to curb the spread of the virus in the school and community. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

Addressing often-ignored issue of private school bullying | Andrew Rogerson

September, absent lockdown, has seen excited children and parents arrive at the entrance doors of the private school to which they have worked so hard to gain admission. Many pupils will graduate with wonderful memories in line with the glossy brochures. The tens of thousands of dollars per annum the parents have invested will all have been worth it. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 3:50 PM

New partner for McCarthy Hansen & Company

McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP announced that Maureen Edwards has joined the partnership effective Sept. 1, 2021. ... [read more]