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Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Access to justice for animals: It’s possible | Victoria Shroff

As part of the Access to Civil Justice for Middle Income Canadians Colloquium in February 2011, the then Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, stated, “It [access to justice] is a fundamental right, not an accessory.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 8:12 AM

Clarification coming on discretionary bonuses | Stuart Rudner

The law regarding post-termination bonus entitlement is in a state of uncertainty which might soon be clarified by the highest court in the land, as the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited [2018] S.C.C.A. No. 331. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Dear federal government: Ignorance of law is no excuse | Heather MacIvor

The rule of law is a fundamental principle of Canada’s Constitution. It requires, first and foremost, that public power be exercised in conformity to the law. Every individual entrusted with government power must do or refrain from doing what the law demands. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

From tools and tech to relationships and respect | Kurt Sandstrom

The justice sector has been the subject of intense scrutiny over recent years. This has both compelled and inspired us to seek new and innovative ways of ensuring access to justice for all British Columbians. We have pursued principled, achievable and meaningful initiatives that address both the relatively simple and the more complex issues facing the justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Access to Justice: Saving pro bono help centres | Beverley McLachlin

On a chilly November day in Toronto last fall, I received an unexpected e-mail. Would I be willing to make a video statement to help save Pro Bono Ontario’s court-based Law Help Centres? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature | Angelique EagleWoman

Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the earth as “Mother Earth” and regard her as providing sustenance for all life. When you observe the material objects that surround you on a daily basis, it becomes quite apparent that everything we touch, own, wear, travel in and use as human beings is derived from the earth’s resources. Thus, in a prayer from my Dakota Nation culture, we call upon the earth “who sustains all life and provides for all that lives.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Rehabilitating Canada’s pardon system | Anthony Doob

About one in seven Canadians has a criminal record. Some years ago, the government of Canada responded to the demonstrated fact that most people who have been convicted of an offence, will, after a crime-free period of a few years, never again commit a criminal offence. ... [read more]

Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Wilson-Raybould affair: A primer on ‘legalities’ | Heather MacIvor

On Feb. 27, former federal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould made troubling allegations about disregard for the rule of law at the highest level of the Canadian government. She told the House of Commons Justice Committee that the prime minister and his most senior advisers, along with the clerk of the Privy Council and the Finance minister, sought to interfere in the prosecution of Quebec-based company SNC-Lavalin on charges including the alleged bribery of Libyan officials. Over a period of four months, she said, she had been repeatedly “urged … to take partisan political considerations into account — which it was clearly improper for me to do.” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Common social media concerns for lawyers | Kim McLaughlin

Nobody understands compliance better than a lawyer. It’s no wonder then that lawyers often hesitate when it comes to public communications via social media. In my experience, the big concerns are giving legal advice, confidentiality and solicitation. ... [read more]