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Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 6:31 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Mediation and arbitration

Appeal by the mother from a decision setting aside an arbitration award that awarded her sole custody and allowed her to move the children from Toronto to Guelph to attend a school adapted to their special needs. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

Disqualified expert: Halton Children’s Aid Society v. J.B. Man with long nose shadow

There has been significant fallout from the recent decision in Halton Children’s Aid Society v. J.B. and D.R. 2018 ONCJ 884 in which the judge did not qualify the court-appointed expert that was recommended by both parties in a child protection proceeding. The psychologist had been ordered by the court to conduct a parenting capacity assessment and to answer a long list of specific questions posed by the court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

New online tool for parenting plans avoids cost, conflict: B.C. legal services society Jamie Gillespie, Tyler Technologies

Putting together a parenting plan in B.C. has gotten a bit easier. The provincial Legal Services Society's (LSS) MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre is now allowing parents to craft their plan online. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Exploring the digital world of parent-child contact: Cautions, considerations Laptop on blue background

In parts one and two, this author explored parent reports about the types of conflicts associated with virtual parent-child contact to family justice professionals, the views and experiences of family justice professionals about the benefits and challenges of virtual parent-child contact, as well as hearing directly from children and parents. Part three, the last in this series, explores some cautions and considerations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Public wants judges to engage, be more open about justice system, their roles, work: CJC consultation Richard Wagner

Most Canadians believe judges should “proactively exchange with the general public on questions relating to the justice system and their work” — and should actively seek out opportunities to do so, according to feedback received by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) during its recent public consultation on new ethical guidelines for the federal judiciary. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Five new associates at Harper Grey LLP

Five new associates have joined the ranks of Harper Grey LLP. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

B.C.’s Access Pro Bono holding free outdoor legal clinics

Starting on Sept. 4, 2019, Access Pro Bono will begin its 12th annual series of free outdoor legal advice clinics for low-income British Columbians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Commercial lender won’t get woman’s home, ‘undue influence’ in agreement, court finds Jonathan_Collings_sm

Lenders demanding collateral must be “wary” of borrowers in “special relationships” and find out if legal counsel has been obtained by all involved, says a lawyer after an Ontario ruling that a woman will not lose her family home due to her husband defaulting on a business loan.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Immigration an explosive issue in coming election bomb_fuse_sm

The 2019 federal election is expected to take place on or before Oct. 21, 2019. Over the next three months, as the parties prepare their platforms and promises, immigration will be an agenda item on the campaign trail. Whether it is a debate about total immigration levels, the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), or refugee backlogs, the parties have been jockeying for position and courting votes from Canadians, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds or deep and personal connections to the topic of immigration.   ... [read more]