Helping women facing violence

Deepa Mattoo's work at the Barbra Schlifer legal clinic is part of a long-term strategy to train a new breed of lawyer.

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June 27, 2017

Playing field in sexual abuse cases must be levelled further

A civil lawyer who has worked in the sexual abuse area for more than two decades proposes two measures she believes would help level the legal playing field in sexual abuse cases.

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May 02, 2016

Is there a new view on defence ethics?

What are the ethical boundaries for a lawyer defending someone accused of a sex crime?

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February 01, 2016

Access to justice at the Super 8: A venue for voices the courts most need to hear

Access to legal counsel does not by itself ensure access to justice, say the lawyers who represented, pro bono, a group of homeless people accused in a criminal matter.

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November 27, 2015

New student legal aid clinic opening in Thunder Bay

Lakehead Legal Services is the first legal aid clinic to open its doors at the law school in Thunder Bay.

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April 27, 2015

Queen's University creates a law clinic hub

Queen's University Faculty of Law has brought all five of its legal clinics together in the heart of downtown Kingston.

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February 02, 2015

Courts not some Jurassic Park: Judge frustrated by counsel's refusal to conduct electronic trial

Lawyers and the courts must embrace technology to avoid becoming "irrelevant museum pieces," an Ontario judge has urged.

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April 10, 2014

Making a case for pro bono

The growing reality is law firms and in-house legal departments can perform better by doing good and it's in their interest to build a formal pro bono program into their business, says this Canadian Lawyer writer.

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April 07, 2014

Six months to prepare for 'overkill' CASL legislation

It's been three years in the making but businesses now have little more than six months to prepare for Canada's Anti-Spam Law, which will take effect July 1, 2014.

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December 12, 2013

Hiring foreign workers now more onerous for employers

Changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program will make it more expensive and time consuming for Canadian companies to fill a position with workers from outside the country.

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August 14, 2013

The catch-22 of group home bylaws

In the first such case to come before a human rights tribunal, a group that advocates for supportive housing is claiming that provisions in a number of City of Toronto zoning bylaws discriminate against people with disabilities.

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May 09, 2012

Legal aid paper hints at transformation of clinic system

Centralized services, greater use of paralegals, and cutting down on bricks and mortar are all on the agenda as Legal Aid Ontario takes a look at the province's clinic system.

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May 09, 2012

Verbal threats as workplace violence: The effects of Bill 168 are starting to show

An arbitrator has rejected the grievance of an employee who challenged her dismissal for uttering a death threat towards a co-worker in one of the first awards to consider the impact of Bill 168 on how parties must deal with workplace violence, and specifically verbal threats.

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December 14, 2011

Legal aid: A system in peril

An article in Canadian Lawyer Magazine describes how legal aid in all parts of Canada has become a fractured system and notes that a number of studies have called for boosts to funding levels and a more innovative approach to delivery of legal services to those in need.

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October 04, 2010

Why human rights violations in Toronto should concern all Canadians, and lawyers more than others

An article in Canadian Lawyer Magazine says that the mass G20 police detentions last summer are part of an emerging pattern and therefore merit the concern of all sectors of Canadian society, in particular its legal community.

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September 13, 2010

Ontario Labour minister announces workplace violence 'tool box'

Canadian Lawyer Magazine reports that the Ministry of Labour has created a workplace violence tool box to help organizations comply with the requirements of Bill 168.

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May 17, 2010