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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017
Sandra Barton has been appointed to be part of the Class Proceedings Committee.


Sandra Barton, a partner at Gowling WLG, has been appointed to be part of the Class Proceedings Committee.

The Law Foundation of Ontario announced the appointment of Barton, a corporate commercial litigator, earlier this month.

“The Class Proceedings Committee is responsible for making decisions about whether applicant class action plaintiffs will receive support from the Class Proceedings Fund. Both the fund and committee were established in 1992 as an amendment under the Law Society Act,” said a news release from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

“The fund provides financial support to approved class action plaintiffs for legal disbursements and indemnifies plaintiffs for costs that may be awarded against them in funded proceedings. The fund promotes access to justice by enabling plaintiffs to fully pursue their claims.”

Barton replaces Jasminka Kalajdzic, an associate professor and associate dean at the University of Windsor, as the foundation’s appointee.



The Access to Justice Week will take place Oct. 23-27.

The annual event — which is in its second year — is supported by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Foundation of Ontario.

There are six events being held throughout the week, including a presentation about the mental health of lawyers. More information and resources are available at

“Participating in the week provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the justice system, the diverse people involved and the changes we can effect together. Last year, many productive insights and connections were made,” said Paul Schabas, treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, in a statement on the Action Group on Access to Justice’s website.

“This year, the program builds on that foundation with sessions about access to justice as it relates to mental health, technology, public legal education and the importance of community driven initiatives.”


The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers will have its annual conference in Toronto Nov. 18 at the Toronto Board of Trade.

The conference includes a keynote address by Audrey Macklin of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law on Khadr v. Canada.

It also includes a coaching panel by Stephen Ahad, counsel with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

More information is available at


An Ontario judge has ordered plaintiffs to post more than $900,000 in security for costs to Chevron Corporation and a subsidiary.

Readers were asked if they agreed with the judge’s ruling. About 31 per cent said yes, the plaintiffs failed to show their claim was not devoid of merit. However, another 69 per cent said no, the judge failed to consider the novelty and public importance of the action.      

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