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Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, who tabled the bill, says the Juries Act needs reform because it excludes too many people from the jury pool. 

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November 13, 2018

Police criticized over detention of drug suspects

The Ontario Court of Appeal has rebuked a Toronto-area police force over its standard practice of detaining drug suspects for several hours before permitting them to contact a lawyer.

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September 25, 2018

Worker wins damages after colleague says racial slur

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered a man who used a racial slur to pay $1,000 in damages to a colleague who overheard the comment in a workplace lunchroom.

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September 19, 2018

Injured migrant worker to get partial benefits

IAVGO's Maryth Yachnin says the ruling is the first of its kind because it opens the door for migrant workers to receive benefits past the 12-week mark if they're injured on the job.

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September 18, 2018

Jury selection report shows system biased, say lawyers

A report by a judge in Ottawa is making waves among lawyers because it reveals the statistics about the composition of juries in two Eastern Ontario regions.

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June 19, 2018

LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

Outgoing treasurer Paul Schabas says that a deeper relationship with Legal Aid Ontario is one of the most enduring things he accomplished in the role.

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June 18, 2018

HIV lawyers help fight stigma

Even though HIV is now a chronic, manageable disease, "What is still the hallmark of an HIV diagnosis is the very real stigma and accompanying discrimination,": Ryan Peck, HALCO Executive Director.

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June 11, 2018

End legal stigma against people with HIV

Canada remains a world leader, along with the United States and Russia, when it comes to prosecuting people with HIV.

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April 25, 2018

Sweeping changes proposed for Criminal Code

Canada's largest criminal lawyers organization says there was a lack of consultation over the the federal government's proposed changes and predicts they will spark Charter challenges.

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April 18, 2018

Pushback over rejecting immigrants for health reasons

Canada has moved closer to limiting its ability to reject immigrants for health reasons after a committee recommended the repeal of a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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March 20, 2018

Lawyers pan minister's response to legal aid study

Avvy Yao-Yao Go says while some family law lawyers will accept legal aid, the number who can serve clients in the languages spoken by her community is very small.

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March 19, 2018

Legal clinic challenges part of Income Tax Act

A legal clinic is challenging the constitutionality of part of the Income Tax Act that bars refugee claimants from receiving Canada child benefits.

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February 13, 2018

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. 

 

Posted:
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.

Posted:
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