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Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Increase in divorces strains family law bar | Kendelle Pollitt

Family lawyers often find much to disagree about with each other when it comes to clients: parenting time arrangements, division of property and whose client is most “right,” to name a few. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Nova Scotia suspends in-person court proceedings in Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia Chief Judge Pamela Williams

Effective April 26, Nova Scotia’s chief judge of the provincial and family courts is suspending in-person court proceedings in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in response to suddenly rising COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

The court backlog: Is this access to justice? | Jasmine Daya

My articling student walked into my office with her head lowered, barely able to make eye contact with me as she said, “I’m sorry Jasmine.” It was not her fault that the presiding master at motions court denied our request to add a litigation guardian to the action. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

How court mediators are helping litigants (and courts) during COVID-19 Couple signs divorce papers with wedding rings in foreground

One year into this pandemic, family court litigants are feeling increased anxiety and distress. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: International mobility | Colin Singer

Economic growth and a renewed need for temporary foreign workers is being seen all over Canada as companies gear back up to almost-normal business practices and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) slowly winds down with the arrival of vaccines. There are two main programs through which employers can have access to this pool of international talent and labour — the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 6:07 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Insolvency of party

Appeal by the trustee in bankruptcy from the dismissal of its application for a declaration that the right to commence an equalization claim under the Family Law Act vested in it as the husband’s trustee in bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario Superior Court urges deferral of proceedings due to stay-at-home order

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has announced that, effective immediately, it will defer as many matters as possible due to the current, provincewide stay-at-home order. The deferral decision includes virtual hearings and is intended to reduce the number of court staff, counsel or parties required to leave their homes to participate in court proceedings, the court said in an April 20 notice to the profession and public. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

B.C. budget focuses on COVID-19, future economic growth CBABC president Jennifer Brun

British Columbia has outlined its fiscal plan for the next three years, and like their federal cousins B.C. lawmakers are focusing on the short-term need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term focus on job growth and economic recovery. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:09 PM

Ontario appellate court acquits second person wrongly convicted by Motherisk evidence 

Veteran Toronto criminal defence lawyer Clayton Ruby is disappointed that the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent exoneration of a woman convicted of giving cocaine to her son nearly a quarter-century ago was “too narrow” and “uninterested” in exploring how the since-discredited and former Motherisk lab at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was allowed to generate flawed evidence that put Joyce Hayman behind bars, and in not recommending some sanction against the lab’s founding director, Dr. Gideon Koren. ... [read more]