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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Alberta legal aid strategic plan emphasizes outreach, reducing barriers to access Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) president and CEO John Panusa

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) has released a three-year strategic plan that highlights changing workplace culture, better communication of the organization’s mission and streamlining client service to better serve the needs of Albertans. LAA president and CEO John Panusa noted legal aid signed a new four-year governance agreement and funding model with the provincial government and the law society in October, and the strategic plan emanated from that. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 9:54 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

Experts give insights into pros and perils of a virtual law firm Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam had a good six-and-a-half year run practising employment, labour, pension and human rights law at Baker McKenzie in Toronto from 2007 to 2014. But over that time, she noticed a change in client expectations regarding legal services. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 4:19 PM - Last Updated: Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 4:58 PM

Supreme Court rules ‘Henson’ trust does not limit disabled beneficiary’s access to social assistance Michael_Feder

In a positive decision for persons with disabilities, the Supreme Court of Canada has pronounced for the first time on the discretionary “Henson trusts” long used to set aside money or property for the benefit of persons with disabilities in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the trust beneficiaries’ eligibility for means-tested social assistance. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Proposed assisted reproduction regulations unfair to surrogates, say experts Lisa Feldstein

The federal government’s proposed regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act are unfair, unrealistic and unconstitutional, according to health law experts who fear that they may end up dissuading donors from participating in the altruistic undertaking. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal Aid Ontario emphasizes leveraging technology in new five-year strategic plan David Field sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has released a five-year strategic plan that highlights collaboration with social service organizations as well as increased use of technology as central parts of its effort in assisting low-income Ontarians with their legal needs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 9:13 AM

Marriage contracts and the right of survivorship marriage_contract_sm

To what extent is a solicitor obliged to make inquiries and make clear to his client that the reasonable expectations that his client may have arising from a proposed transaction may in fact be frustrated by the actions of the other party? ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 7:39 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS - Consensus, lack of

Application by the wife to set aside a 2015 Final Consent Order and to vary the provision respecting spousal support. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Canada must pay compensation for failing to disclose documents in First Nations human rights case Cindy Blackstock sm

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has ordered Canada to pay for knowingly failing to disclose 90,000 documents in a case revolving around the unfair funding of child welfare services on First Nation reserves. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

N.B. government criticized for shelving courthouse project Robert McKee

Last summer, designs for a new courthouse in Fredericton were unveiled with fanfare. Four months later, those plans were permanently put on hold. New Brunswick’s new Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs has called for an abrupt end to the construction of the capital city’s new courthouse, as well as other major construction projects underway in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Relationship between police and forensics impedes independence | Laurelly Dale

We are loyal to those that retain us. Biologists at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) are assigned case files to process exhibits submitted to them from the police. These cases are almost always of a serious nature, involving dozens to hundreds of exhibits. What ensues are ongoing teleconferences, meetings and e-mail correspondence between the biologist and Ident officer. ... [read more]