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Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Access - Conditions - Denial of or interference with

Motion by the respondent father for resumption of his access to the parties’ child and for a police assistance order to ensure compliance. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Tribunal Watch Ontario concerned over shortage of adjudicators, possible shift to written submissions

Marion Overholt has seen the frustration on the faces of her clients. The executive director of Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW) frequently helps low-income clients in critical, sometimes life-altering cases before Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. But, time and again, matters have been adjourned because of a shortage of adjudicators. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

Some in-person family law matters resuming in Ontario

The Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) has announced the expansion of family law matters starting July 6, 2020 as part of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s incremental plan to return to full court operations across Ontario. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Divorce Act delays jeopardize women and children | Pamela Cross

Last month, I wrote a series of articles for The Lawyer’s Daily that explored the pros, cons and gaps in the revisions to the Divorce Act. The virtual ink on the pages of those articles had barely dried, however, when Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice David Lametti announced that implementation was being delayed until March 1, 2021, citing “extraordinary circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Task force aims to help modernize justice system and role of advocates Guy Pratte

Some of Canada’s greatest legal minds are coming together to contemplate the future of the country’s justice system beyond COVID-19. The Modern Advocacy Task Force, officially launched June 9 by The Advocates’ Society, will be made up of members from across the country and guided by a blue-ribbon advisory panel that will include former chief justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Supreme Court of Canada justices Ian Binnie, Thomas Cromwell, Marie Deschamps, Clément Gascon, John C. Major and Marshall Rothstein. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

Matrimonial homes and right of first refusal familyhome_fight_sm

Once again, the issue of the disposition of a matrimonial home has found its way to the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Barry v. Barry 2020 ONCA 321. I find this surprising in that the same court in 1992 clearly articulated its view on a very similar if not identical issue in Martin v. Martin 8 O.R. (3d) 41. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench releases new info on review and assessment hearings

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued new instructions on booking review and assessment hearings in Edmonton and Calgary. ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Call to action for lawyers Seniors

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Founded by Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks of Ryerson University, the first WEAAD was launched in 2006 at the United Nations building in New York City. Five years later, in 2011, the UN General Assembly officially designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The annual commemoration is an opportunity to acknowledge the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

The Advocates’ Society names 2020-2021 executive at virtual meeting

The Advocates’ Society announced that it had nearly 1,000 registrants for the first virtual version of its annual End of Term celebration on June 11. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures the event was held virtually via webcast, followed by collegial networking on Zoom. ... [read more]