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No movement on scrapping surcharge

The surcharges were made mandatory in the Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act, enacted in 2013 by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.

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December 12, 2017

LSUC to expand scope of family law for paralegals

Benchers have voted to create a new licence to train paralegals in certain aspects of family law, including form completion, motions to change, and uncontested divorces.

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December 04, 2017

Making police accountable long overdue

Paul Dubé, ombudsman of Ontario, says in this article that, as substantial as it is, the Safer Ontario Act, 2017 is just as remarkable for what's not in it. 

 

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December 01, 2017

OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act.

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November 21, 2017

Legal clinics launch challenges over disability benefit rate

Legal clinics in Ontario have launched human rights challenges regarding the disability benefit rate two clients are receiving.

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September 20, 2017

School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled in favour of an evangelical Christian school that would not admit the son of a same-sex couple over the school's stance on same-sex marriage.

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September 11, 2017

Improve aboriginal jury representation: lawyers

The Debwewin Committee was formed in 2013, but it has yet to report back on its findings on how to improve the participation of indigenous people in the jury process.

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August 10, 2017

LAO budget woes mean squeeze on services

Legal Aid Ontario officials say the agency will have to suspend all immigration and refugee services in November if the federal government does not come through with much-needed funding.

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July 05, 2017

Court weighs in on self-represented litigants

The court found that while deputy judges in Small Claims Court have to deal with huge volume pressures, trial fairness requires them to take the extra time with self-represented litigants.

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May 24, 2017

OCA rules on search and seizure

Criminal defence lawyers say the decision has important implications for search and seizure law and when a spouse can waive the privacy rights of an accused person in a jointly owned residence.

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May 16, 2017

Debate heats up on paralegals in family law

The proposal is controversial for lawyers who see their work as being too complex for paralegals and say adding them to the marketplace would not help getting more people legal representation.

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May 16, 2017

Focus: Aboriginal approach to child welfare brings results

Currently, Aboriginal Legal Services handles about 50 to 60 child welfare files per year under what it calls AADR — aboriginal approach to dispute resolution.

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May 02, 2017

Focus: Increase in impaired driving due to legal marijuana?

The government is expected to move forward on its pledge to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 1, 2018 and lawyers, lawmakers, and patient advocates expect a spike in driver impairment.

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April 11, 2017

Legal clinic to challenge Safe Streets Act

Lawyers say the act criminalizes homeless people and that proceedings concerning Safe Streets Act tickets unnecessarily suck up valuable time and resources in provincial courts, adding to delays.

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April 10, 2017

Speaker's Corner: Time to challenge counterterrorism programs

U.S. president-elect Trump's Islamophobia-fuelled ascendancy is a chilling reminder for Canadians to review our own government's assumptions about terror, especially in relation to Bill C-51.

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December 15, 2016

Legal clinic scores victory in ticket appeals

Fair Change Community Services has struck an agreement with the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto allowing appeals of Safe Streets Act tickets to be filed with a single set of paperwork.

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October 31, 2016

Focus: Feds slow on child welfare reform, say critics

Lawyers for First Nations child welfare agencies say the federal government is dragging its feet to implement changes to its underfunded system.

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September 14, 2016

Genetic discrimination bill to begin debate

A Senate bill that proposes to stop genetic discrimination starts debate in the House of Commons next week, after years of resistance from the insurance industry.

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September 12, 2016

Mental Illness behind bars

There has been a real sign recently that some politicians are prepared to do something about mental health issues in Canadian prisons.

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July 05, 2016

More aboriginal students needed in Ontario law schools: academics

The fact that most law schools in Ontario are in the southern part of the province is a barrier to aboriginal people applying, especially for those who live in remote northern communities.

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May 24, 2016