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  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Children first

    Law Times reports that the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a foster mother can be named a party in a child protection case, if it’s in the child’s best interests. The story details how lawyers who represent parents in child welfare proceedings say the decision in A.M. v. Valoris Pour Enfants et Adultes de Prescott-Russell is of concern, because the ultimate implications of such proceedings can result in the permanent abolishment of the child-parent relationship.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jul 24, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: A two-tier system to serve the people

    All systems of justice have underlying principles. They may be to serve the leader, the state, the administrators or the people. Whatever the purpose, the structure supporting it needs to be built to serve that purpose, and if it doesn’t, it’s a failure.

    Joel Miller|Jul 24, 2017
  • Susan Delacourt

    The Hill: Sea change a Tory dream

    Not long before he won the 2006 election, Stephen Harper talked about how Conservatives’ power would be held in check by all the Liberal-laden institutions in Ottawa. A decade later, with Liberals in power, those same institutions — and more — are in the midst of a major changing of the guard.

    Susan Delacourt|Jul 17, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Pay transparency laws needed

    It’s been 30 years since Ontario adopted its then world-leading pay equity law to end systemic sex discrimination in pay. But three decades later, the gender pay gap remains a human rights crisis that impoverishes women in Ontario and across Canada.

    Fay Faraday|Jul 10, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Context is everything

    Law Times reports this week on a ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal in R. v. Tinker. The decision reiterates there is no discretion for lower court judges to avoid imposing mandatory victim surcharges on offenders, regardless of their ability to pay the fines.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jul 10, 2017
  • Nikolay Y. Chsherbinin

    Labour Pains: Deductions on mitigation incomes

    A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision provides a useful road map for employers and their advisors regarding the deductibility of various incomes that wrongfully dismissed employees could earn during their statutory and reasonable notice periods.

    Nikolay Y. Chsherbinin|Jul 4, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Time for action for self-represented litigants

    The problem of self-represented litigants is now achieving endemic proportions. The civil justice system is in crisis. In a variety of legal contexts, self-represented litigants now represent the majority of litigants. Whether it is landlord-tenant, family, employment or debt-collection matters, statistics confirm that a vast number of individuals are compelled to represent themselves.

    Jennifer Leitch|Jun 26, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Tax shakeup takes time

    Law Times reports this week about ongoing criticism around the federal government’s proposal to nix billed-basis accounting, which lets lawyers and some other professionals exclude the value of work in progress from their income and allows lawyers to defer paying taxes on work until it is billed. This would come about by the repeal of s. 34 of the federal Income Tax Act.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jun 26, 2017
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    Speaker's Corner: Press freedom matters to lawyers

    U.S. political journalists and the public they serve are, by any measure, in uncharted waters. Even prior to his election, President Donald Trump began destabilizing, disregarding and dismantling well-established norms of press freedom.

    Lisa Taylor|Jun 19, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial: Unfake news, open info

    On the face of it, access to information and press freedom may not seem like the most lawyerly issues. But when it comes to lawyers playing an important public role as legislative experts and thought leaders, their attention to these matters is indeed crucial.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Jun 19, 2017
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