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Lawyer wins constitutional challenge in case involving support for disabled adults

An Ontario woman and her lawyer have succeeded in a constitutional challenge, obtaining child support for a disabled adult child of unmarried parents, who is not attending school full time.

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July 12, 2017

Indigenous relationships to be focus for justice system changes

Federal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould told the Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa that improving relationships with indigenous Canadians is top of mind for the government.

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August 16, 2016

Employee told to 'take demotion or go' gets $104,000 in wrongful dismissal

An Ottawa woman who worked for McDonald’s restaurants for more than 25 years has received $104,499.23 in lieu of 20 months notice for wrongful dismissal.

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March 30, 2016

Getting wiggy with it

The Flip Your Wig initiative is a light-hearted, pledge-based fundraising campaign running until the end of March to support the continuing efforts of five access-to-justice organizations.

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March 01, 2016

First aboriginal dean appointed at Canadian law school

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, which sees engagement with aboriginal communities as a key priority, says Angelique EagleWoman will begin as dean this May.

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January 14, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario announces measures for Syrian refugees

Syrian refugee claimants who apply for refugee protection division coverage will be issued a 10-hour expedite legal aid certificate under a new pilot project from Legal Aid Ontario.

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January 07, 2016

SCC loosens test for residency on humanitarian grounds

Immigration lawyers Ron Poulton and Toni Schweitzer intervened in the case on behalf of Parkdale Community Legal Services.

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December 11, 2015

Judge awards rare advance costs to Indian sanatorium school survivor

Christa Big-Canoe, legal director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, says Perell's ruling is a significant win that recognizes that things don't always fit into the settlement agreement box.

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November 19, 2015

Ombudsman cites 'recurring concerns' with Office of Public Guardian and Trustee

lot of ARCH Disability Law Centre's work around capacity comes from clients who have difficulty accessing services at OPGT, executive director Robert Lattanzio says. 

 

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July 30, 2015

Victim surcharges 'entrench cyle of poverty': lawyer

Notice has been filed seeking leave to appeal a decision last month by a Superior Court judge that surcharges of $100 per summary conviction offence and $200 per indictable conviction do not violate the Charter.

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May 15, 2015

Omar Khadr free on bail

He was the first person since the Second World War to be prosecuted in a war crimes tribunal for acts committed as a juvenile.

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May 07, 2015

Legal pains: The cost of justice includes physical health

Almost 40 percent of people ages 18 to 35 reported a physical health problem as a direct result of their legal problems, 61.5 percent for people between 55 and 64.

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March 17, 2015

Wigging out about access to justice

Flip Your Wig For Justice is a pledge-based fundraiser that aims to raise awareness as well as money for access to justice programs in Ontario.

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January 15, 2015

Ontario group to examine aboriginal justice issues

Representatives from the Law Society of Upper Canada, Legal Aid Ontario, and aboriginal communities are part of the group that will look into the challenges First Nations communities face in the justice system.

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September 19, 2014

Groups concerned about plan to create three Toronto mega clinics

As Toronto's legal clinics prepare to consider a merger, some groups are raising concerns about the pending proposal to have only three mega clinics in the city.

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August 12, 2014

Global law group accuses Harper of encroaching on judicial independence

Harper's public comments about Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin this spring "amounted to an encroachment on the independence of the judiciary," the International Commission of Jurists has found.

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July 29, 2014

Legal clinic to offer support to tech startups

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP is partnering up with MaRS Discovery District to launch a legal clinic dedicated to serving innovative tech startups. The clinic will help startups with regulatory matters and legal issues including intellectual property, business immigration, and mergers.

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June 30, 2014

Legal leaders launch scholarship for law students with disabilities

Legal Leaders for Diversity has established a trust fund to help disabled students studying law in Canada.

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June 19, 2014

Mounting student debt means less access to justice

A law student is shocked about the increase in law school fees, especially at a time when the entire legal community is talking about how to solve the access-to-justice crisis in Canada.

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March 04, 2014

Canadian Bar Association rolls out strategy to improve access to justice

The Canadian Bar Association's Access to Justice committee has set some aggressive targets for the next decade and beyond to ensure those who need it have better access to justice.

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December 18, 2013