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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

In Sherman Estate decision, open court principle over privacy, part two Open padlock on top of stack of files

In the first article in this series on the decision in Sherman Estate v. Donovan 2021 SCC 25, we discussed why the Supreme Court of Canada ordered that the probate files of murdered Toronto billionaires, Barry and Honey Sherman, be unsealed. In this second article, we will look at what kind of information will suffice for this kind of order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 12:36 PM

Bill to amend Official Languages Act highlights bilingualism in courts Justice Minister David Lametti

On June 15, Mélanie Joly, minister of economic development and official languages, supported by Jean‑Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board, and David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, introduced Bill C-32, an Act for the Substantive Equality of French and English and the Strengthening of the Official Languages Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 5:53 AM

CONTESTATION OF CLAIMS - Adequacy of bequests to dependants  

Appeal by the testator’s son from a trial decision varying his father’s will. In his will, the father divided the residue of his estate one‑half to the son and one‑half to be divided equally between his daughter and her two sons. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 1:47 PM

In Sherman Estate decision, open court principle over privacy, part one Stack of files with open padlock on top

In Sherman Estate v. Donovan 2021 SCC 25, released on June 11, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered that the probate files of murdered Toronto billionaires, Barry and Honey Sherman, be unsealed. The result is that the public will be able to access the Shermans’ estate files notwithstanding that the identity of the perpetrator(s) of the murders, and their motives, if any, remain unknown. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 12:51 PM

Ontario devotes $5 million to new Victim Support Grant program

On June 14, the Ontario government announced an investment of $5 million over two years to “enhance services and supports available to victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking” through a new Victim Support Grant (VSG) program. According to a government release, all municipal and First Nation police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police can apply for funding through the program. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 9:26 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Practice and procedure

Application by the defendant mother to have the judge removed as case management justice. The two children of the marriage were 2 and5 years old. This was the mother’s second recusal application in four months. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Reducing elder abuse among lonely widowed clients Line drawing of little old lady

In A Biography of Loneliness, published in 2019, author Fay Bound Alberti observed that the loneliness of bereavement is “a great leveller of experience; there is a depth of social and familial isolation linked to widow(er)hood, whether one is princess or pauper.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

Four paths to more effective mediations | Rafeena Bacchus

The writer Don Miguel Ruiz has a medical degree and was a practising neurosurgeon when a car crash changed the course of his life. He became interested in a greater moral understanding, studied his ancestor’s traditions and became a shaman. His book, The Four Agreements, espouses the Toltec way, which is based on Mesoamerican wisdom. ... [read more]

Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

New B.C. Provincial Court (Family) Rules — for better or for worse? Briefcase, form on clipboard, pen and magnifying glass

On May 17, 2021, new British Columbia Provincial Court (Family) Rules came into effect, containing several significant changes to the way provincial court family law files will flow. ... [read more]

Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 9:27 AM

Customary care: The way forward Child's hand holding senior's finger

While I write this article, I reflect on all the children, family and survivors of the residential schools, Sixties Scoop, and the current over-representation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system. I am reflecting and sending my thoughts to those affected by the horrendous Kamloops discovery. They are not just matters of the past; they continue to affect the present and remind us that significant work needs to continue. For this reason, it is important to discuss customary care. ... [read more]