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Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Legal aid system has ‘lost its way’ in B.C.: report

A review of the B.C. legal aid system says change is needed in order to reverse years of underfunding and make it more effective, but an organization representing legal aid lawyers in the province is saying it does not go far enough because of a lack of focus on financial concerns and is threatening to withdraw its services unless action is taken to put more money into the system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

DISCRIMINATION - Prohibited grounds - Family status

Appeal by the employer from the dismissal of its judicial review application from a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal denying its application to dismiss a former employee’s complaint of adverse effect discrimination on a preliminary basis. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

International Women’s Day: Empowering a cultural shift in law industry worklifebalance

On Women’s Day 2019, my hopes for the legal profession: that we embrace the need for an intersectional approach; that we appreciate the benefits of diversity; and we focus on those causes that unite us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

Why employment standards legislation is a feminist issue Woman&Manoncoins.jpg

This International Women’s Day, I can’t help but feel a little disheartened as legislative changes threaten hard-won improvements for Ontario’s working women. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Family trusts: Weighing the true value of a discretionary interest coin_stacks_sm

What is the dollar value of an interest in a discretionary family trust for equalization purposes under Ontario’s Family Law Act? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Practice and procedure

Reconsideration of a motion by Jarvis, a third party, for the release of the transcript of evidence given by an assessor at a hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Access to Justice: Saving pro bono help centres | Beverley McLachlin

On a chilly November day in Toronto last fall, I received an unexpected e-mail. Would I be willing to make a video statement to help save Pro Bono Ontario’s court-based Law Help Centres? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judges make YouTube video to demystify court process for newcomers, teens Samuel_Moreau_sm

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube video of a common courtroom scenario in efforts to soothe the fears of newcomers and young people when brought before the bench. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

The thorny issue of testamentary capacity light bulbs

The law presumes that a person who is at least eighteen years of age or falls within the above exceptions has the mental capacity to make a will. In other words, and put simply, she understands what she is doing and understands the nature and general value of her assets that are being dealt with in the will. This presumption applies even to people who are of advanced years. ... [read more]