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Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Access to justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts | Kelly Goldthorpe

“If they actually looked into it, there is more money being spent on lawyer fees and less cases. The people that actually need the system to help them, they aren’t getting the proper support. We have to hold these people accountable. When there’s more money to the lawyers and less money to the people, I’ve got an issue with it.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford, April 22, 2019. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Time to mobilize family law litigants | John-Paul Boyd

Another election has come and gone in Alberta, and with it another opportunity to get family law reform and access to justice on the radar. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Lametti open to ‘good ideas’ from Senate to improve crime, divorce bills, but won’t change MMPs Exclusive

Justice Minister David Lametti tells The Lawyer’s Daily he is open to “good ideas” from the Senate in the coming weeks to improve his government’s divorce (C-78) and criminal procedure (C-75) bills — major reforms he’s determined to get over the legislative finish line before Parliament’s summer break and a fall election. ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

Reflections on how we see each other and how the public sees us | Ian Wilkinson

This article is in response to Sam Goldstein’s article Difference between lawyers, paralegals wherein he says “I am pointing out there is a difference between a bachelor’s degree and community college diploma and no amount of specialized training can make up for that difference.” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Law Society of Ontario should step up for pro bono | Guy Pratte

The recent provincial budget proposal of a 30 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid Ontario with no funding for Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), highlights the challenges the legal profession needs to grapple with: the access to justice crisis, the obligations of government, a healthy legal aid and the need to innovate. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:05 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Computation of tax - Child tax benefits

Appeal by Morrissey from the dismissal of her appeal of redeterminations by the Minister of National Revenue. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Lessons learned from homicide headlines following family breakup manoverpoweringwoman

In 2016, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji was murdered by her husband two days after she asked for a divorce. Her three children were in the other room. She was later found in a suitcase by the Humber River. Her husband Dr. Mohammed Shamji, a surgeon, pleaded guilty to second degree murder on April 8, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Quebec mom denied shared custody because of cannabis use

A mother addicted to marijuana was denied shared custody of her 3-year-old child after Quebec Superior Court held that her cannabis consumption compromised her parental skills. In a ruling widely expected by family lawyers to be among the first of many the courts will hand down following the legalization of cannabis, Justice Jérôme Frappier held that the mother’s cannabis addiction, coupled with her anxiety attacks, represented a “serious risk” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Early resolution for family matters | Kurt Sandstrom

On May 13, the B.C. provincial court and the Ministry of Attorney General will launch the Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Model. ... [read more]