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Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:03 PM

Corrections innovation: Time is right | Lee Chappelle

We’ve all dealt with our share of adversities these past couple of years, and the COVID-19 pandemic itself has been one hell of wedge issue. Yet, most, have found innovative ways to adapt. And, now is the time for the Canadian criminal justice and correctional systems to follow suit. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

Fighting Toronto renovictions | Cole Webber and Samuel Mason

In 2020, condominium developers Evan Johnsen and Neil Spiegel purchased the fully tenanted, 26-unit apartment building at 12 Lansdowne Ave. in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. After tenants rejected cash-for-keys offers, the new landlords issued them form N13 eviction notices for extensive renovations. The tenants of 12 Lansdowne are now in a public fight for their homes against a landlord with a documented history of flouting tenant protections. The outcome of their case will have major implications for tenants and for tenant organizing across Ontario. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 9:42 AM

Expect increase in long-term disability claims for teachers, police after COVID | Joshua Goldberg

A large number of professionals who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will be filing long-term disability (LTD) claims in years to come. Teachers, police and retail workers in essential industries are burning out because of the stress brought on by COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

Bully for us | Marcel Strigberger

The legal profession. All good? Then again Shakespeare said, “First, let’s kill all the lawyers”. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 1:15 PM

Chief Justice Morawetz leads court backwards| Michael Lesage

Ontario Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz must find it difficult to get good information about his domain. Presiding over a dysfunctional and opaque court system that runs off of inertia (as opposed to objective and transparent performance measurements), it performs well below (and is behind) that of other jurisdictions in Canada or the U.S. The court’s most recent Guidelines to Determine Mode of Proceeding in Civil will aggravate, rather than alleviate those problems. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 1:02 PM

Public order emergency: From a German perspective | Clemens Arzt

James Manson’s recent contribution (The emergencies are over, but many questions remain) on the necessity and justification of the “public order emergency” (the POE) constitutes an excellent starting point for further debate. A German professor of police law and freedom of assembly by profession, I arrived in Canada for a research stay on police powers in law-and-order policing in early February. A few days later, I unexpectedly was immersed in a challenging case study. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 10:14 AM

Delays in prison justice | John L. Hill

A report by CBC News in mid-March disclosed that Cynthia Chénier, co-founder and president of the Association of Progressive Prison lawyers, was speaking out on the delays incurred in processing inmate grievances. The lawyer noted than in some cases it took up to three years to get a response. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 9:25 AM

Building consistency | Pamela Cross

Canada’s Constitution Act, in ss. 91 and 92, clearly sets out federal and provincial jurisdiction over different aspects of family law. The feds handle divorce, including any corollary issues such as parenting arrangements, child and spousal support and division of property raised in the context of an application for divorce. To provincial — and, by extension, territorial — governments go everything else. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

The move back to live courts: What’s the rush? | Gary Joseph

I have never written to be popular. Those of you who know me can confirm that I say what I think and accept the consequences. So here goes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 9:24 AM

Impact of Ahluwalia decision on family justice system | Geoffrey J. Carpenter

The recent Ontario Superior Court decision of Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia 2022 ONSC 1303 recognizing a tort of “family violence” reignites the age-old debate in family law between fairness and certainty. The competing interests of certainty and fairness are not a new problem for the family law system, but it is once again being thrust to the forefront by Ahluwalia. Rather than celebrate the decision for the justice done in this individual case, judges and politicians must consider the impact on the family justice system. ... [read more]