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Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

Consent required for divorced party’s use of embryo: court Shantona Chaudhury sm

In a dispute over the use of an in vitro embryo with no genetic ties to either party, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of an ex-husband to withdraw consent of use from his ex-wife, who wished to have a second child. The court determined that under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and the Assisted Human Reproduction (Section 8 Consent) Regulations, divorced parties maintain their “donor couple” status and consent can be withdrawn. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Considerations on removing child from a will remove_child_sm

Issues arising after the death of a family member can often relate to a child being either not listed as a beneficiary under the will or “shortchanged” when it comes to their inheritance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

New court building catalyst for improved access to justice | Sam Goldstein

In a recent column, I wrote that access to justice is about ensuring that low-income earners can get legal advice. It’s an important policy objective because it shouldn’t be only the rich who can afford to hire lawyers to advance their own economic interests. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 5:23 PM

Misguided complaints about amber alerts Amber Alert

If you are tempted to call 9-1-1 to complain about being awakened by an amber alert, remember “the importance of the matter outweighs the inconvenience of the alert” said Maria St. Aubin from Sportsnet 590 The Fan. She was on the bus with the mother and the son who were subjects of an amber alert issued by the Ontario police at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

B.C. Attorney General says new process for family law disputes aimed at reducing burden on courts

People dealing with family law issues at provincial court in Victoria, B.C., now have a new approach to help them resolve their disputes, and the province’s Office of the Attorney General is saying the initiative may be rolled out to other courts if successful. ... [read more]

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 2:54 PM

A law girl’s bump in the road Pregnant woman

I was so tired. I had made a ridiculous number of trips to the washroom. And I was late. Back in my hotel room, I flung off my gloves and coat on a chair and bolted for the bathroom, locking the door behind me. I laid out my purchase on the vanity and tried to read the instructions. Before I was finished, a pink line had already appeared in the window. I was pregnant. Sure, I had time to finish law school and even the bar exam, but then what? ... [read more]

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

LSO election bodes well for paralegals | Ian Wilkinson

Much was said of the StopSOP slate of Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers that were elected, both before and after the election. They made a choice to stand up for their principles and regardless of your position on the SOP (Statement of Principles) or any other issue, that deserves respect. Despite any election Internet baiting, the entire slate acted in a measured and rational manner and responded with equanimity. Agree with them or not, they believe that their opposition to the SOP was a rationalist one. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Supervision or guardianship - Access by parents

Appeal by the mother from an order that denied her access to three of her Indigenous children in extended care. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change | Beverley McLachlin

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need. ... [read more]

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Ford government’s legal aid cuts devastating affront to justice | Jessica Zita

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding has been cut by 30 per cent. That equals a $133 million reduction to funding this year, followed by an additional $31 million drop next year. These cuts have already had a dramatic impact: LAO announced it will no longer be able to offer refugee and immigration programs as a result. ... [read more]