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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. 

 

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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