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Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 4:16 PM

Lawyer, former judges among Order of Canada nominees

Governor General Julie Payette on June 27 announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including Montreal lawyer James A. O’Reilly who was named an officer of the Order of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Ontario needs legislation that recognizes common law property rights 2 hands grabbing house

It will come as a surprise to many in Ontario that a common law spouse — that is, a spouse who cohabits in a relationship that resembles marriage but who is not legally married — has no statutory right to share in the increase in value of property (including homes and employment pensions) accumulated in the name of his or her partner during their relationship. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 2:28 PM

Alberta legal aid training program aims for greater understanding of Indigenous issues Danny Lynn, Legal Aid Alberta

The disproportionate impact of Canada’s legal system on Indigenous communities is an issue that has been identified by countless studies and reports, and the organization responsible for legal aid in Alberta says it is working to ensure as many of its lawyers as possible become more aware of it so they can better represent their clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:42 PM

Benefits, challenges of Ontario’s publicly funded family mediation services Family coming together

Mediation has risen to the fore as part of a suite of family justice services to find expeditious and cost-effective ways to support separating families since 2011, when Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) funded family mediation services in every courthouse offering free, onsite mediation to individuals on the day of their court appearance. The ministry also funded offsite mediation accessible by all families for more complex matters, with user fees based on income. Research was done to learn about the challenges and best practices in providing these services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 8:51 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Major divorce, criminal law reforms have staggered implementation dates up to two years Tony Paisana

Extensive criminal law and divorce reforms are among 21 federal bills that got royal assent June 21, but many of the changes will only be implemented over the coming weeks and months so provinces and legal practitioners have time to adjust. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

Two judges promoted in Nova Scotia

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Nova Scotia: ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

RESP ownership in family law, estate planning Mortarboard_with_coins

Family law lawyers often negotiate settlements so that both spouses benefit from the distribution of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help with their contributions to their children’s education. Family law lawyers should understand the ownership structure of an RESP to ensure that their client is not prejudiced by the arrangement in the settlement, particularly in the case of a family with a child with a disability. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Homesteads - Joint tenancies - Partition

Appeal by the husband from trial decision finding that there was a severance of the joint tenancy of the former matrimonial home and ordering its sale. ... [read more]