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Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

Express Entry first quarter: Dramatic fall as IRCC tackles backlog | Colin Singer

Canada saw an Express Entry first quarter like none seen before in 2022, issuing the lowest number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) ever seen with not a single one going to a federal program candidate. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Manitoba lawyer warns of laws allowing government to break leases, block lawsuits Dave Hill, Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP.

Legislation in Manitoba enables its government — or possibly any government — to break a lease and bar any subsequent legal action by the lessee, warns a lawyer acting in a case involving a property housing at-risk youth.   ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 10:47 AM

Canada’s game-changing Jane Goodall Act: Global rise of sentience Animals Partying

There’s positive change in the air for animals this spring. ... [read more]

Friday, April 08, 2022 @ 8:45 AM

Law students: Not a minimum wage unless it’s mandatory | Ocean Enbar and Jenny Zhou

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers are expected to vote on a mandatory minimum wage for April 28, 2022. This, however, is not the first time the issue is brought before Convocation for a vote. In 2018, Convocation approved a set of articling enhancements that included a mandatory minimum wage, following the Law Society of Ontario’s own thorough research and broad consultation within the profession. These enhancements were approved and set to be implemented by May 2021. Since 2018, students and employers have been anticipating and planning for the minimum wage to take effect. Now, despite Convocation’s prior approval, the enhancement’s implementation is uncertain. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 2:08 PM

Equal shared parenting has huge support | Gene C. Colman

Lawyers do have a huge influence on legislation. Witness the most recent Divorce Act reforms in effect since March 1, 2021. At the House of Commons committee hearings for Bill C-78, almost everyone was talking about “equal shared parenting” and why a presumption should not be enacted. Did the government’s proposal include such a presumption? No. But an overwhelming number of Canadians want just that — a rebuttable presumption in favour of equal shared parenting.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 11:48 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

LSO announces new dates for licensing exams, moves to in-person format

On April 7, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced changes to the timeline and location for “licensing examinations for lawyers and paralegals for the 2022-2023 licensing cycle,” moving the examinations from June to July. Law students took to social media to express their dismay and frustration over the announcement, highlighting accessibility and mental health issues. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2022 @ 10:36 AM

Decision recognizes customary care agreements are ‘part of Indigenous self-governance’: counsel Asha James, Falconers LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has determined that the caregivers of an Indigenous child can make an application under the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA) for parenting orders in a decision, that counsel for an intervener said, recognizes “customary care agreements form an important part of Indigenous self-governance.”      ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 @ 11:55 AM

Where is my red carpet? | Neha Chugh

In March 2022, I was asked to speak at an Osgoode Hall Law School Criminal Law Society event, in conjunction with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s Recent Call committee. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 @ 9:55 AM

Ontario investing in program to support survivors of intimate partner violence, human trafficking

On April 6, the Ontario government announced an investment of “$5.9 million over two years through the Victim Support Grant (VSG) program to enhance capacity to support survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 @ 9:25 AM

With interest rates low, consider a family trust Hands protecting a family

For almost two years now, the prescribed rate under the Income Tax Act has been at an all-time low of one per cent. This low rate has made using a family trust or spousal loan to split income with minor children, grandchildren and a spouse very attractive — which is in contrast to past years when the rate hovered at around four per cent. ... [read more]