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Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Courts - Jurisdiction - Ordinary residence

Appeal by the father from a declaration of habitual residence and an order requiring return of the child to the mother. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

B.C. legal aid deal speaks well of government’s commitment to system: lawyers’ group Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson

People relying on legal aid in British Columbia can breathe a sign of relief as the B.C. government has agreed to support the development of a new framework for the system, thus ending a threatened strike by legal aid lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Access to Justice: Looking at the people behind the labels | Beverley McLachlin

Access to justice has two sides — one procedural, one substantive. The procedural side is concerned with giving people access to the legal information and legal services that they need — their hour with a lawyer or their day in court. The substantive side is concerned with ensuring that they access real justice once they are in the system.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Unequal division of property

Appeal by the husband from trial judgment awarding him only a 15 per cent share of the family property because he earned significantly less than his wife over the course of the parties’ relationship and had not contributed equally to the family economy and burdens. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Wellness: Whatever happened to lawyer-client privilege? | Darryl Singer

As I write this, the U.S. news media, both left and right, is agog about Michael Cohen’s testimony before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Cohen, former lawyer for both Trump Corporation and Mr. Trump personally, shared the most intimate details he learned about the president during his stint as attorney for Trump. Closer to home, I hear young lawyers, in very public places and in very loud voices, discussing confidential and identifying information of a very sensitive nature. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 10:32 AM

Observing World Health Day through Canadian legal lens xrayhead&Heart.jpg

World Health Day is recognized on April 7 each year. It was an initiative of the World Health Organization to draw attention to health issues on a global scale. ... [read more]

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

N.L. legal aid hopes rebranding will crush stereotypes Lauren_Chafe_sm

Newfoundland’s legal aid lawyers are hoping a clean new logo and crisp tagline will help abolish an image of inferiority and convince clients they are “real lawyers for real people.” March 7 marked the launch of a rebranding for the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission (Legal Aid NL) in a bid to confront the ever-lingering stereotype that legal aid lawyers are not as skilled as those from the private bar. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

New Ontario family law project helps lawyers provide unbundled services Tami Moscoe sm photo by Angelyn Francis

The launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project is being lauded by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) as well as by members of the family bar and bench as a “tremendous achievement” in improving access to justice. The project, which officially launched March 19, provides an online directory of lawyers who provide limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases for Ontarians searching for unbundled services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Four associates join Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson announced that associates Eric Laxton, Asim Iqbal and Eduard Popov have joined the Toronto office, while associate Rebecca Grosz is the newest member of the firm’s office in Vaughan, Ont. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 5:42 PM

Budget 2019 includes more cash for reconciliation, immigration legal aid and judges for Federal Court Bill Morneau

Annual updates to federal regulations, a broadened money laundering offence, more judges and cash for the Federal Court and a boost for immigration legal aid are among the justice-related measures Ottawa announced in the 2019 federal budget. ... [read more]