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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal Aid Ontario emphasizes leveraging technology in new five-year strategic plan David Field sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has released a five-year strategic plan that highlights collaboration with social service organizations as well as increased use of technology as central parts of its effort in assisting low-income Ontarians with their legal needs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Recognition of ‘lived identity’ an access to justice, wills and estates issue, experts say Kate Hazell

Many infants born in Canada have, through their parents, the right to a gender-neutral birth certificate. The same is not true for Canadians who die. Vital statistics legislation across Canada was amended between 2012 and 2017 to remove the requirement for individuals to undergo gender confirmation surgery in order to change their gender on various documents including birth certificates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Canada must pay compensation for failing to disclose documents in First Nations human rights case Cindy Blackstock sm

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has ordered Canada to pay for knowingly failing to disclose 90,000 documents in a case revolving around the unfair funding of child welfare services on First Nation reserves. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 10:29 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

Ottawa’s public directive on litigation in Indigenous cases aims to hold Crown to account on reconciliation: DOJ Karenna_Williams

​​​Indigenous law practitioners say the Attorney General of Canada’s recently unveiled directive to federal Crown lawyers mandating a “significant shift” in Indigenous litigation could assist their clients — especially if judges push Department of Justice (DOJ) counsel to walk Ottawa’s talk. ... [read more]

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

Lawyers wait to see how police use new powers to test drunk driving Bruce_Daley_sm

Criminal defence lawyers and others are waiting to see how police interpret their broadened abilities to demand breath tests from drivers but are fully expecting the new powers to one day be constitutionally challenged. On Dec. 18, changes to impaired driving laws in the Criminal Code gave police the power to demand a breathalyzer test to any driver they pull over, whereas before they would need to have a reasonable suspicion the person was impaired. ... [read more]

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Lametti brings political, communication, people skills to his new roles as Justice minister, AG Canada David Lametti

McGill University law professor David Lametti, an accomplished IP scholar who plays hockey and punk-rock vinyl records to relax, has the intellectual heft, political judgment and communication and interpersonal skills necessary to excel as Canada’s 52nd attorney general and minister of Justice, say lawyers who know him from politics and academe. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Jury selection thorny legal issue in age of social media Nicole_O'Byrne

Little more than a month after the jury was selected for the second second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland in New Brunswick, the members of the panel were summarily dismissed and a mistrial declared. At issue: the jury selection process. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Ontario auto insurance system ‘undoubtedly broken,’ personal injury lawyers say Jasmine Daya sm

The Ontario government has begun public consultations on how to reform the auto insurance system for the nearly 10 million drivers across the province. However, personal injury lawyers say “tinkering” with an “undoubtedly broken” system doesn’t work and complete overhaul is needed. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

N.B. government criticized for shelving courthouse project Robert McKee

Last summer, designs for a new courthouse in Fredericton were unveiled with fanfare. Four months later, those plans were permanently put on hold. New Brunswick’s new Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs has called for an abrupt end to the construction of the capital city’s new courthouse, as well as other major construction projects underway in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 1:40 PM

Complexity of Income Tax Act an access to justice issue, scholar says Colin Jackson

It will come as no surprise to lawyers or their clients that the federal Income Tax Act is not easy to read. It may come as a surprise, however, just how difficult that legislation is to decipher — and how it falls short of efforts in other countries to make the law accessible. ... [read more]