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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

Speaker's Corner: Human Rights Tribunal needs to revisit discrimination remedies

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre's Jennifer Ramsay makes the case for higher awards at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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April 12, 2016

Express Entry online system full of glitches, say lawyers

Technical problems with online services at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are threatening to overshadow the Express Entry revolution in immigration, according to lawyers in the field.

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March 07, 2016

SickKids' lab didn't meet forensic-testing standards

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed retired Court of Appeal judge Judith Beaman as commissioner to assist individuals who may have been affected by Motherisk's flawed hair-strand testing.

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January 13, 2016

Top Cases of 2015: Busy year sees rulings on everything from assisted suicide to union rights

From Law Times - The rights and obligations of public-sector workers are a lot clearer this year after a number of rulings that dealt with a host of touchy issues.

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December 21, 2015

A Criminal Mind: Appeal counsel duty program helps offender move on

The Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel program serves a critical function in ensuring that unrepresented appellants get a fair shake, says this Law times article.

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December 07, 2015

Speaker's Corner: Employers' aggressive defence tactics come with hefty price tags

Employers who advance misconduct allegations with little or nothing to back them up in an effort to dissuade people from proceeding with wrongful dismissal cases may come to regret it.

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November 27, 2015

A closer look at new carding rules

The African Canadian Legal Clinic's Anthony Morgan says that there is now a framework within which to work, but changes to the practice of carding proposed by the province are only a beginning.

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November 09, 2015

Drug courts grappling with cuts

Ontario's drug treatment courts are facing a financial crunch with federal funding changes meaning significant cuts to their budgets.

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September 21, 2015