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Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 12:32 PM

Openness agreement or openness order? Two dads and a baby

Adoption today includes some form of openness, even when there is not an Openness Order. Openness includes any form of contact post adoption ranging from a continuum of letters/pictures to face to face and can be identifying or non-identifying. It can occur with any member of the birth family — siblings, birth parents, aunts, grandparents, etc. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 6:34 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Supervision or guardianship - Permanent appointment or Crown wardship

Appeal by Metis Child, Family and Community Services from a trial decision ordering the child MJ be placed with her maternal grandmother but ordering the agency to continue to be the legal guardian of MJ. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:50 PM

B.C. court declares parentage order for parent in polyamorous relationship Polyamory symbol - Heart with infinity symbol

On April 23, a B.C. court ordered that a second mother in a polyamorous triad relationship be declared a legal parent. British Columbia Birth Registration No. 2018-XX-XX5815 2021 BCSC 767 is the first case of its kind in B.C. and groundbreaking, not only for polyamorous relationships, but also for the evolving legal concept of parentage. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Budget cuts: Access to justice NOT just about lawyers | Jorgen Wong and Vivian Leung

In 2019, Doug Ford decreased Legal Aid Ontario’s budget by 30 per cent, effectively lowering its funding by an amount of $60 million to $70 million. In the meantime, the pandemic put additional pressure on Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) as the province experienced a sudden strong demand for legal services. As noted by the clinic’s then executive director Jack de Klerk, “the elimination of positions [within legal clinics] will be inevitable.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

Paying stiff price for breach of fiduciary duty Icon of a jail cell

A recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Sarzynick Estate v. Skwarchuk 2021 BCSC 443, serves as a reminder of the importance of testamentary documents, and the serious consequences that may flow where an executor breaches their duties.   ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

All’s fair in love and war, and life … Or is it? | Wes Thiessen

Previously, I introduced the Communitarian/Individualist dimension of culture and how it can be seen in real life examples from different ends of the spectrum. This next dimension of culture, the Universalist/Particularist spectrum, is equally easy to understand, but the nuance in its influence can make it a little more difficult to recognize as the source of a client’s behaviour or worldview. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 6:19 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Best interests of child - Child’s religious or educational training

Application by the father for an order that the child attend Robert Hopkins Public School and that he attend in person now. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 2:39 PM

Divorce mediation firm opens three new locations

Fairway Divorce Solutions announced three new locations in Oakville, Ont., Calgary and Edmonton. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 2:38 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

Nova Scotia courts turning to widespread use of Microsoft Teams

Having suspended most in-person proceedings due to rising numbers of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s courts will soon begin universal use of a popular videoconferencing platform for matters deemed fit to be carried out virtually. According to an April 29 notice, matters where a judge has given approval to proceed will be conducted using telephone or Microsoft Teams, an online communication platform that allows for group chat and videoconferencing. ... [read more]