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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

LEAF to host panel on what lawyers can do to help legal aid Katherine Long sm

Amidst cuts to Ontario’s legal aid funding, the legal profession has rallied around the cause, stressing the importance of access to justice and the need for action. The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s (LEAF) Toronto branch is taking the discussion to the next level by hosting a panel on Jan. 23 to address the cuts head on. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Disability support: Guardianship applications brain_workings_sm

Under Ontario law, adult capacity is task-based rather than diagnosis-based. The upshot is that an individual’s required level of capacity can vary depending on the nature of the decision to be made. For example, having capacity to make a will or power of attorney (POA) is different from having capacity to manage property and finances or make personal care decisions. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Amicus curiae in private family law cases puzzle_piece_sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has enunciated the principles governing the appointment of amicus curiae (friend of the court) in private family law cases — and the message from Morwald Benevides v. Benevides 2019 ONCA 1023 is unequivocally that appointments in such cases should be the exceptions to the rule. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Removal of children from jurisdiction

Appeal by the husband from an interim order allowing the wife to move with the parties’ children from Estevan, Saskatchewan, to the Moosomin area of Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

PARENTS AND CHILDREN - Medically-assisted procreation - Consent

Application by the wife for an order that her dead husband’s sperm be removed from his body to be used for reproductive purposes by the wife. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Quebec Justice Ministry’s ‘ambitious’ strategic plan spurs questions Jean-François Roberge

An ambitious strategic plan unveiled by the Quebec Ministry of Justice outlines measures the provincial government expects to implement over the course of the next three years to curb criminal and penal court delays, accelerate the deployment of technologies in the justice system, boost the use of alternative dispute resolution and improve access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

B.C. Appeal Court sides with teen in hormone treatment dispute with father

A transgender teenager has emerged victorious in B.C.’s Appeal Court after his father attempted to prevent him from receiving hormone treatments as a part of his transition from a female to male body, but the court added the father’s behaviour did not rise to the level of family violence, as a lower court had said. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:52 AM

The Sussexes are coming: Immigration and the Royals Crown_gold_sm

On Jan. 13, 2020, Queen Elizabeth released a statement announcing a period of transition in which Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and their young son, Archie, would spend time in Canada and the U.K. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

My profession is phenomenal | Jasmine Daya

The only constant in life is change. To believe that over a decade, the practice of law would not change is perhaps the starting point of the flawed and depressing commentary provided by Howard Levitt in the Financial Post. I do not know him personally but I felt compelled to provide a counter version to his disappointing take on the current state of my profession. ... [read more]