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LAO lawyers see promise in RCMP ruling

Yamri Taddese - Monday, January 26, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers who’ve been fighting for the right to join a union say the Supreme Court’s recent endorsement of collective-bargaining rights in Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General) is a victory for them as well as the Mounties.
“We think this [ruling] helps solidify our position,” says lawyer Dana Fisher, spokeswoman for the campaign around the LAO union issue.

“We’re really happy about the decision.”

In one of its first decisions of the year, the top court said RCMP officers could still form an association despite their exclusion, as with LAO staff lawyers, from the applicable labour relations act.

“The government cannot enact laws or impose a labour re...


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Two-year trial deadline repealed under new rule change

Some lawyers are expressing relief following the repeal of rules that automatically dismissed actions for delay after two years if they hadn’t made their way onto a trial list.

Windsor lawyer in hot water for alleged misuse of client funds

WINDSOR, Ont. — The Law Society of Upper Canada is seeking an interlocutory suspension of Windsor lawyer Claudio Martini’s licence following an investigation into allegations that large amounts of money he had received had gone to “questionable purposes.”

Speaker's Corner: Rulings on CRA general duty of care a positive development

The Canada Revenue Agency has historically had a wide prerogative in its interactions with Canadian taxpayers.

Focus: Lawyers advised to get coverage for privacy breaches

It’s a sign of the times that professional liability insurers have started tailoring products to address privacy breaches and other costs of cybercrime.

Editorial: An apt judicial censure

It’s hard enough finding and affording childcare in this country, let alone negotiating schedules around work hours.

Inside Story

Monday, January 26, 2015

HONORARY DEGREE FOR APPEAL COURT JUDGE
The Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Karen Weiler an honorary doctor of laws at its call to the bar ceremony last week.

The LSUC said it was recognizing Weiler for “her initiatives to improve access to justice for litigants in need and for her equity work to combat racism and discrimination.”

Law society Treasurer Janet Minor awarded the honorary degree to Weiler at a ceremony that saw 183 new lawyers called to the bar on Jan. 23.

After her call to bar in Ontario in 1969, Weiler became the first woman to practise law in northwestern Ontario when she moved to Thunder Bay, Ont., for work. Before becoming a judge, Weiler served as policy counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where the law society says her work led to reforms in family law with the enactment of the Family Law Reform Act, the Children’s Law Reform Act,...

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Are you happy with the recent Ontario rule change allowing parties up to five years to set an action down for trial?
Yes, the previous timeline was too short.
No, the change will lead to files languishing.