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Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

How cannabis might factor in divorce Divorcinghippies_jpg

After nearly a century of cannabis prohibition, on Oct. 17, 2018, the Canadian government made recreational cannabis legal. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

Indigenous peoples often prefer to deal with conflict resolution within own communities, conference told Katherine Hensel sm

Approaches to conflict dispute resolution are different in the Indigenous family context and legal professionals need to educate themselves on cultural variances in order to ethically and effectively assist them, explained Katherine Hensel to attendees of the Family Dispute Institute of Ontario’s annual conference on family dispute resolution. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Child abduction - Hague convention

Appeal by the mother from an order to return the parties' child to the state of Washington. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Website message signals serious access to justice problem | Rachel Goldenberg

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to “meet its service standards.” Despite the HRTO’s mandate to provide timely resolution services, mediations and hearings are being booked months in advance, and mediations and hearings that were scheduled months ago are now being rescheduled to a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan Mark Letourneau

Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

Court ordered therapy at separation time parentstretchingkids_sm.jpg

Separation can be a highly emotional and conflictual journey. Differences in opinions or values that led to arguments during the marriage are often magnified during separation. Separating individuals often find themselves in struggles for power and, sadly, children are used as pawns in their effort to “win” in a game where there are only losers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 1:18 PM

Paralegals part of solution to family law issues in B.C.: association head Michele Ross

The head of B.C.’s paralegal association is saying concerns that paralegals would not be able to deal with family law issues under a scheme being considered by the provincial law society are unfounded. ... [read more]