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Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 2:06 PM

Access to Justice: View from the trenches | Michael Lesage

As Ontario’s lawyers set to elect a new slate of benchers to Convocation, the oft-discussed, seldom addressed issue of access to justice has again entered into the conversation. Most agree that access to justice is a worthy (if aspirational and ill-defined) goal, that must be advanced and encouraged. However, the facts on the ground tell a different story, that of people being unable (or unwilling) to hire lawyers or to effectively assert their rights on their own. Conversely, lawyers continue their exodus from private practice, especially within the small firm setting (this despite the fact that more and more lawyers are being called to the bar). Clearly, something is amiss. ... [read more]

Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Decisions when acting for family with child with disability kidinmuddledbrain.jpg

Family law clients come to us with myriad issues, including supporting a child with a disability. While resolving child-related disputes can be challenging on their own, parents caring for a child with a disability creates additional complexity. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Playing viral roulette with everyone’s health: Vexing anti-vaxxers | Jana Schilder

History repeats itself. It’s a cycle. That’s the first basic tenet that any history professor will tell you. Many pre-law students study history as useful background, including me when I went to Queen’s University in the early 1980s. I’m not a lawyer, but our boutique agency, The Legal A Team, has done law firm marketing and legal public relations for dozens of lawyers and law firms, including family lawyers and family mediators. Why does history repeat itself? Simple. Because humans fail to learn from it. ... [read more]

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]