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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:09 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Conduct of parents - Abuse or neglect of child

Appeal by the mother from an order reinstating unsupervised access by the father to their 6-year-old child. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis | Victoria Shroff

Health and well-being of humans is interrelated with our family pets and should be addressed. It’s a troubling time for humans, but animals are also impacted by COVID-19’s world rampage. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:23 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process: Further signficance Arbitration form

Vavilov will have a significant effect on the family law med/arb process as the majority has raised the bar for the requirements in reasoning of the arbitrator. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Vulnerable litigants and family members: Getting proper authorization elderly_will_sm

In the first part of this two-part series, we analyzed the recent decision of Justice Paul Perell in Kalia v. Kalia 2020 ONSC 935. We addressed the issues of whether or not an elderly or vulnerable litigant (in this case, Adarsh Kalia) can ever rely on a family member to assist in retaining a lawyer and getting legal advice. And what is a litigant to do (and, more importantly, not do) when they are concerned that their adversary lacks capacity? We will now discuss the court’s response to the litigants. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

Saskatchewan courts trim down, turn to phone, video to curb COVID-19

In efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Saskatchewan’s provincial and superior courts have made sweeping operational changes in the name of social distancing. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:50 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

B.C. provincial court suspends regular operations as of March 25

Effective March 25, 2020 (and unless otherwise stated in this notice), Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie has suspended regular operations of the provincial court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. In light of the extraordinary circumstances during the current public health emergency, people are strongly discouraged from attending any courthouse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Northwest Territories courts mandate telephone appearances by counsel

On March 19, Chief Judge Robert Gorin of the Territorial Courts released directions to the profession in response to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Indigenous needs during pandemic demand culturally competent response | Naomi Sayers

In May 2019, the final report of the national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people was leaked to the media. The final report contained 231 calls for justice, which are described as “legal imperatives”. Some of those calls for justice highlight health and wellness, and Indigenous rights, to name a few. The calls for justice are more important now than ever especially as the current novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, spreads to Canada. ... [read more]