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Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Toying with troubles | Marcel Strigberger

And now for something completely paranormal. A matchmaking service for unwanted toys. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Politicization of senior appointments alarms Tribunal Watch Ontario | Gary Yee and Raj Anand

Tribunal Watch Ontario is alarmed by the recent series of Ontario cabinet appointments to senior leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario, the newly created cluster of 14 justice tribunals. Conservative party connections appear stronger than qualifications in some cases. Tribunal Watch Ontario (a public interest organization with a mission to promote tribunal independence and access to justice) calls for an independent review of the appointments and reappointments processes for Ontario tribunals. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Nurses risk losing their right to practise over COVID efforts | Joël Roy

Clearly, nurses and other medical professionals are the unsung heroes of this COVID-19 pandemic. For days on end, these warriors are out there on the front lines to make sure people who fell ill are taken care of — all while having to deal with the almost daily adversity brought by protocol changes and material scarcity, among others. All that being said, to say these professionals are “essential” to our answer to this crisis just might be an understatement, and it is our collective responsibility to make sure we respect and thank them appropriately for their amazing work. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Association’s response to family legal services provider proposal: Overview | Sarah Boulby

The Toronto Law Association (TLA) is the voice of its 3,700 members who practise law in all disciplines across Toronto. Some 11 per cent of our members practise family law. The great majority of family lawyers are sole practitioners or practise in small firms. Family lawyers represent individuals from all walks in life, often at a moment of great vulnerability financially, emotionally and with respect to their physical safety. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:33 PM

Victory for Ontario animal access to justice | Victoria Shroff

We had great access to justice news in B.C. in October 2020 with the launch of the groundbreaking new student run animal law pro bono clinic (ALPC) in Vancouver. (Please see: New student-run pro bono animal law clinic victory for access to justice.) ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

My brief but exciting career as frontline hero | Ken Hill

This week I was dragged out of my simple life of retirement leisure when my dear spouse, who had answered the call of duty herself and has been filling in for a fallen principal comrade, asked me to help out. The carnage in the school system is such that they can’t get qualified substitute teachers, so I have been called in as a warm body a few times. After nearly early 40 years of civil litigation practice I was confident that I could handle anything an elementary school could throw at me. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

No to unlimited settlement conferences | Gary Joseph

Access to justice and the continuing need to lower the cost of family law proceedings has found an ally, Superior Court of Ontario Justice David Jarvis. In what I consider a “home run” delivered in a compact three-page decision in Ni v. Yan 2020 ONSC 5941, Justice Jarvis has determined that the practice of repeated settlement conferences in “circumstances where there are continuing complaints about inadequate or refused disclosure impacting a party’s ability to make an informed settlement decision” must end. Citing Justice Frances Kiteley’s well known warning in Greco-Wang v. Wang 2014 ONSC 5366 (made in the context of a trial scheduling conference) that “[m]embers of the public who are users of civil courts are not entitled to unlimited access to trial judges,” Justice Jarvis found such comments to be “… equally, if not more, pertinent to settlement conference events.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

COVID-19 vaccine injury lawsuits — Don’t count on it | Jasmine Daya

The entire world is eagerly awaiting completion of the final trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Canadian government has reportedly secured deals to obtain the vaccine and has commenced plans for effective distribution. As a personal injury lawyer, I am thinking ahead to the liability perspective and concerned that the Canadian government does not appear to have done anything on this front to protect Canadians. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 12:07 PM

Where there’s a will but no way | Sam Goldstein

November is Make a Will Month. The Ontario Bar Association is planning a host of events to help educate the public about the importance of having a proper will. Having spent the last 10 months trying to probate a will, perhaps November should be renamed Reform the Toronto Estate Court Month. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 2:40 PM

Making a case for the truth fairy | Marcel Strigberger

“You can’t handle the truth!” This is the iconic line from the film, A Few Good Men. Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) bellowed these words to Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) during Kaffee’s intense cross examination. Given COVID-19, I find myself like many of us, watching old movies.  ... [read more]