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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

In search of the civilized divorce negotiated_divorce_sm

At the end of the movie The War of the Roses, divorce lawyer, Gavin D’Amato (played by Danny Devito) advises a client who is contemplating divorce that he has two options: either move forward with the divorce with the goal of getting through it “as quickly and cleanly as possible so you can begin rebuilding your life” or return to his spouse and attempt to repair his marriage. His sage advice was borne out of his experience that, in divorce, “there is no winning, only degrees of losing.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Variation or termination of obligation

Appeal by the father from an order dismissing his application for variation of a lump sum child support award and extraordinary expenses based on material change in circumstances and granting the mother’s application to enforce payment and have previous cost orders characterized as maintenance which survived the father’s bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

From tools and tech to relationships and respect | Kurt Sandstrom

The justice sector has been the subject of intense scrutiny over recent years. This has both compelled and inspired us to seek new and innovative ways of ensuring access to justice for all British Columbians. We have pursued principled, achievable and meaningful initiatives that address both the relatively simple and the more complex issues facing the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Nova Scotia vulnerable feel ‘helplessness and disappointment’ in accessing justice, official says Luther

Nova Scotia has been pairing cutting-edge data gathering with old-fashioned legwork to address a lack of access to justice for the province’s most vulnerable — many of whom, it was found, have given up on the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Legal aid system has ‘lost its way’ in B.C.: report

A review of the B.C. legal aid system says change is needed in order to reverse years of underfunding and make it more effective, but an organization representing legal aid lawyers in the province is saying it does not go far enough because of a lack of focus on financial concerns and is threatening to withdraw its services unless action is taken to put more money into the system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

DISCRIMINATION - Prohibited grounds - Family status

Appeal by the employer from the dismissal of its judicial review application from a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal denying its application to dismiss a former employee’s complaint of adverse effect discrimination on a preliminary basis. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

International Women’s Day: Empowering a cultural shift in law industry worklifebalance

On Women’s Day 2019, my hopes for the legal profession: that we embrace the need for an intersectional approach; that we appreciate the benefits of diversity; and we focus on those causes that unite us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

Why employment standards legislation is a feminist issue Woman&Manoncoins.jpg

This International Women’s Day, I can’t help but feel a little disheartened as legislative changes threaten hard-won improvements for Ontario’s working women. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

Family trusts: Weighing the true value of a discretionary interest coin_stacks_sm

What is the dollar value of an interest in a discretionary family trust for equalization purposes under Ontario’s Family Law Act? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Practice and procedure

Reconsideration of a motion by Jarvis, a third party, for the release of the transcript of evidence given by an assessor at a hearing. ... [read more]