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The Ontario Bar Association is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association, an organization of lawyers formed to provide support by the profession to the profession so that it may render better service to its members and the public. This is accomplished by both education and representation to government on topics of current concern.

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Family Law Disputes in Ontario: Court is Only the Tip of the Iceberg - May 23, 2018

When: May 23, 2018

Where: Newmarket Library : 438 Park Avenue, Newmarket, L3Y 1W1 · Newmarket, ON

Registration link here

The Ontario Bar Association is sponsoring a "Meet up" on May 23, 2018 featuring Family Lawyer and Mediator Sina Hariri as he explores family law disputes from the lens of the court system, the lesser known alternatives to court and the many supports available to parties going through separation or divorce.

May 18, 2018

May 22: Learn about Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration, Kingston

Where: Calvin Park Branch, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 88 Wright Crescent, Kingston, ON

May 17, 2018

May 22: What is Collaborative Practice in Family Law and how can it work for you? Lively, ON

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Earl Mumford Branch, Lively Public Library and Citizen Service Centre, 15 Kin Drive, Unit A, Lively, ON

This is a presentation on family law and options available for separating spouses, including a detailed overview and discussion regarding the collaborative practice process.

May 16, 2018

May 26: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning, Kingston

When: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Isabel Turner Branch, Community Room (Rooms A & B), 935 Gardiners Road, Kingston K7M 9A9

The seminar will focus on reasons you should conduct estate planning and will highlight some of the most common drafting and planning pitfalls you can avoid when preparing wills.

May 09, 2018

February 27: Wills and Estates: How the Law Affects You

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7 p.m.

Where: Hamilton Public Library, Turner Park Branch, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton

An Ontario Bar Association lawyer member with experience in wills and estates law will share information about Ontario law and how it affects you, your family, and your estates.

February 14, 2018

January 31: Learn your legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to Family Law

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where:Church Street Public School, 83 Alexander St., Toronto, ON

Are you facing a major family change or a challenge? Family lawyer Shmuel Stern will answer your questions about how the law works and clear up common misconceptions about family law.

January 25, 2018

January 31: Learn about your rights when dealing with financial advisors & insurance agents

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The presenters will provide plain language explanations of how to investigate if something has gone wrong and how to work with regulators and courts to obtain fair compensation.

January 10, 2018

January 29: Learn your legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to Family Law: Mandarin

When: Monday, January 29, 2018, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Charles G. Fraser Public School, 79 Manning Ave., Toronto M6J 2K8

This session, to be held in Mandarin, will discuss who are "spouses," the interaction of family law with other areas of the law such as real estate, and when to get legal advice from a family lawyer.

January 09, 2018

Racism, Xenophobia and Hate Crimes: Lawyers Fighting Back

The author outlines options available to assist clients and community in combatting racism, xenophobia, and hatred on the rise in the current political climate. 

December 07, 2017

October 17: Free landlord and tenant rights session

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto

Topics will include respective rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Ontario, the Residential Tenancies Act, and the new Rental Fairness Act of 2017.

October 13, 2017

October 18: Free Session on Criminal Law

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Malvern Public Library, 30 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON M1B 3G5, Scarborough

What happens when you get arrested? What are the court procedures involved? Who are the players present, and what options do you have? Who represents you and what are your recourses?

October 13, 2017

October 11: How to protect yourself in the digital age

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave., Newmarket

Topics covered include protecting yourself online, government surveillance and border security, and your rights when it comes to companies collecting your data.

October 06, 2017

October 4: Free session to learn about your Workplace Rights in Ontario

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch, 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York, ON

Hours of work, pay, overtime, breaks, holidays, and vacations are some of workers' legal rights and duties. Learn about how to protect yourself from arbitrary actions of your employers.

September 20, 2017

September 6: Learn How to Resolve Your Child Custody and Access Issues

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fairview Branch, Toronto Public Library, 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York, ON

The Ontario Bar Association invites you to a session on child custody and access, as family law lawyer Shmuel Stern sets out how family law works in Ontario.

August 31, 2017

May 16: Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Barbara Frum branch, 20 Covington Road, Toronto M6A 3C1     

Topics include: Finding the right tenant or landlord, the content of the lease/rental agreement, security and maintenance, privacy, rules of changing the lock, and more. 

May 02, 2017

May 4: Free event on the Canadian Immigration System

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library - Flemingdon Park, 29 St. Dennis Drive, North York, ON

Canada's Immigration System: Who Gets In is an overview of the law that dictates who may come to Canada permanently, or for a temporary purpose such as a visitor or student.

April 25, 2017

March 27: Free event on the law of cybersecurity

Due to an unexpected conflict, this event will not take place: Ontario Bar Association.

March 14, 2017

Religious Attire and the Justice System: Key Considerations Jan. 14, 2016 Toronto ON

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Agenda: 11:45 am Registration
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Program including Q&A

Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

Rights and freedoms related to religious attire have recently been debated in headlines across Canada.  For example, a Quebec judge's refusal to hear a woman's case unless she removed her hijab in the courtroom has sparked condemnation and controversy.  On January 14, 2016 in Toronto the Ontario Bar Association is hosting a panel discussion with experts who will review current case law and lead discussions through interactive case studies.

January 06, 2016

November is Make a Will month

The Ontario Bar Association has partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to educate the public on the toll an unplanned estate can take on families of those with capacity issues.

November 05, 2015

Access to Justice, Where in the World Are You?

In the 2014 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index, Canada ranked behind 12 other high income countries in access to justice. Who's ahead of Canada, and why?

August 18, 2015