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Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Difference between lawyers, paralegals | Sam Goldstein

It’s interesting during this bencher election in Ontario no candidate demanded that the standards to become a paralegal must come down so more people can enter that profession. Why would a person interested in a legal career want to spend $40,000 a year on law school when you can take a two-year paralegal course at Seneca College for a total cost of $4,028 and do almost the same work? ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Sustainable funding for Pro Bono issue for LSO election as legal aid faces possible cuts Gina Papageoriou sm

Access to justice has been called the biggest issue facing the legal profession by Ontario lawyers and the “crisis” has been brought to the fore as the provincial government’s budget proposes to cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Variation or termination of obligation

Appeal by the wife and cross-appeal by the husband from a judgment varying a spousal support order. The parties separated in 2003 after 17 years of marriage. A 2004 separation agreement was incorporated into a 2005 divorce order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Nova Scotia moving to unified family court system Shelley_Hounsell-Gray

The court system in Nova Scotia is poised to become more effective, more efficient and more accessible. The Department of Justice announced that it will be making changes to the Judicature Act to ensure family law matters are heard by one court throughout the province. Currently, in most areas of the province, family law matters are heard in family court, the Supreme Court, or both courts. ... [read more]

Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 2:06 PM

Access to Justice: View from the trenches | Michael Lesage

As Ontario’s lawyers set to elect a new slate of benchers to Convocation, the oft-discussed, seldom addressed issue of access to justice has again entered into the conversation. Most agree that access to justice is a worthy (if aspirational and ill-defined) goal, that must be advanced and encouraged. However, the facts on the ground tell a different story, that of people being unable (or unwilling) to hire lawyers or to effectively assert their rights on their own. Conversely, lawyers continue their exodus from private practice, especially within the small firm setting (this despite the fact that more and more lawyers are being called to the bar). Clearly, something is amiss. ... [read more]

Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Decisions when acting for family with child with disability kidinmuddledbrain.jpg

Family law clients come to us with myriad issues, including supporting a child with a disability. While resolving child-related disputes can be challenging on their own, parents caring for a child with a disability creates additional complexity. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Playing viral roulette with everyone’s health: Vexing anti-vaxxers | Jana Schilder

History repeats itself. It’s a cycle. That’s the first basic tenet that any history professor will tell you. Many pre-law students study history as useful background, including me when I went to Queen’s University in the early 1980s. I’m not a lawyer, but our boutique agency, The Legal A Team, has done law firm marketing and legal public relations for dozens of lawyers and law firms, including family lawyers and family mediators. Why does history repeat itself? Simple. Because humans fail to learn from it. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Courts - Jurisdiction - Ordinary residence

Appeal by the father from a declaration of habitual residence and an order requiring return of the child to the mother. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

B.C. legal aid deal speaks well of government’s commitment to system: lawyers’ group Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson

People relying on legal aid in British Columbia can breathe a sign of relief as the B.C. government has agreed to support the development of a new framework for the system, thus ending a threatened strike by legal aid lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Access to Justice: Looking at the people behind the labels | Beverley McLachlin

Access to justice has two sides — one procedural, one substantive. The procedural side is concerned with giving people access to the legal information and legal services that they need — their hour with a lawyer or their day in court. The substantive side is concerned with ensuring that they access real justice once they are in the system.   ... [read more]