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Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants self_represented_sm

Lawyers are all too familiar with the increasing trend of parties representing themselves in court and the problems that this situation presents to their clients, to the self-represented litigants (SRLs) themselves and to the court. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions highlight some of the problems that self-represented litigants face in the court system and how the courts can assist a SRL — without prejudicing the represented litigant — in obtaining not only their day in court but a fair hearing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

New family law associate for Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry announced that Rebekah Schultz has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

B.C. pact recognizes legal aid as essential service, lawyers’ association says Richard Fowler

The B.C. government has announced an agreement to increase legal aid tariff rates and to have more conversations about changes to eligibility and coverage, a deal which the association representing legal aid lawyers in the province is calling unprecedented in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS - Release of statutory rights

Appeal by the husband and cross-appeal by the wife from a spousal support award and a judgment refusing to set aside a separation agreement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

Lerners adds 10 associates

Lerners LLP announced the following have joined the firm as associates: Jennifer Amer, Renée Zatzman Stein, Amy Zhang, Jennifer O’Dell, Alec Yarascavitch, Cassidy Johnston, Spencer Jones, Ashley Boyes, Jennifer Hawn and David Isaac. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives — other major parties Federal Election 2019

Canada’s political parties are lining up to make impressive promises to voters and the area of tax is front and centre. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

What’s missing in election ‘debate’ about immigration Federal Election 2019

During this federal election season, the main party leaders have provided scant details about their plans for immigration. However, a closer review of the official party platforms reveals some subtle differences between the parties in the perceived benefits of immigration and how these benefits accrue to the Canadian public.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Promises, promises: Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives Federal Election 2019

Given that Canada is in the home stretch of a federal election campaign, we’ve entered one of the more entertaining portions of federal politics — the parties are lining up to make impressive (and often untenable) promises to voters and the area of tax is, as usual, front and centre. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:13 PM

Pharmacare in spotlight during 2019 election | Lisa Feldstein

Canada is recognized worldwide for its universal health care. We rarely have to pay when we visit a doctor or a hospital. Our system is predicated on medical need rather than ability to pay, and this model has become part of the Canadian identity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Indigenous issues slowly disappear from election 2019 | Pamela Palmater

The unofficial slogan for the 2015 Liberal election campaign was “there is no relationship more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” It was a mantra shared repeatedly by Justin Trudeau pre- and post-election and stood in stark contrast to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adversarial relationship with First Nations. In fact, it was Trudeau’s election promise to make Indigenous issues a political priority, together with his commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship grounded in respect for Indigenous rights, that helped his party win the Indigenous vote. ... [read more]