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Legal Aid lawyers push to unionize

Alex Robinson and Yamri Taddese - Monday, July 25, 2016

More than three years into their fight to unionize, Legal Aid Ontario lawyers are stepping up the pressure on the provincial government.
A group of LAO lawyers rallied outside a Liberal Party of Ontario fundraiser that Premier Kathleen Wynne attended in downtown Toronto on July 13, along with representatives of labour groups.

The lawyers have been fighting a decision by LAO to reject their request to unionize since 2013.

“Almost all other groups of public sector lawyers exercise their right to collective bargaining. Other groups like the assistant Crown attorneys, who are largely white and male-domi...


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Monday, July 25, 2016

U OF OTTAWA LAW PROFESSOR LOOKS TO DEMYSTIFY CONSTITUTION
Adam Dodek wants to debunk the myth that the Canadian Constitution is boring.

The University of Ottawa law professor is releasing an expanded version of his book, The Canadian Constitution, which provides a primer on the cornerstone of Canada’s legal framework.

“It’s going to make the Constitution accessible and understandable to lawyers, experts and ordinary Canadians for the very first time,” Dodek says.

He says he felt the need to update the original book, which was released in 2013, in order to reflect legal changes and to expand on its explanations of the Constitution.

In addition to including the complete text of the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982 with an index, the expanded book also looks at each section and explains what it means, Dodek says.

“If you read our Constitution, you would think that the prime minister is a marginal figure and is essentially an event planner,”...

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Legal Aid Ontario lawyers have filed a pay equity complaint on the basis that legal aid lawyers are predominantly female. Do you think the complaint has merit?
Yes, Legal Aid Ontario lawyers are not paid sufficiently for their work. Any steps that can be taken to correct the pay gap are strategically valuable.
No, this approach to addressing displeasure with wages does not make sense. A similar complaint already failed, and new strategies are needed.