Latest Commentary

  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Disclosure dilemma

    We live in a time of extreme paradoxes. Never has so much information been available so readily, thanks to the power of online news, digital devices and social media platforms.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Oct 16, 2017
  • Doron Gold

    Banish negative self-talk

    You’re a total loser. What a complete failure. You should be ashamed of yourself. If I asked you whom you thought was uttering these words, you’d likely say a bully or a particularly abusive family member.

    Doron Gold|Oct 10, 2017
  • n/a

    Broken system needs an overhaul

    Bringing paralegals into a broken court system is not the solution to providing efficient, cost-effective access to the legal system. The court system is complicated and arduous.

    Murray Maltz |Oct 2, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    About time

    In May, a Law Times columnist wrote a piece exploring the colonialist legacy inherent in the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada. “As a lawyer, I am required to pay membership fees to an organization whose title includes the name ‘Upper Canada.’

    Gabrielle Giroday|Oct 2, 2017
  • Charles Gluckstein

    Proceed cautiously on ABS

    Ontario lawyers are currently being asked to share their opinions on alternative business structures in the province. If accepted, this would mean the delivery of legal services through civil society organizations to facilitate access to justice. I believe that alternative business structures — known as ABS — have the potential to have a positive effect in Ontario, especially when viewed from the perspective of increasing access to justice.

    Charles Gluckstein|Sep 25, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Contingency caution

    Controversy over contingency fees isn’t new. However, a ruling this week in the family law realm has important takeaways. In Jackson v. Stephen Durbin and Associates, Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Lofchik ordered a Toronto law firm to refund a $72,000 premium it charged to a family litigant for the favourable result achieved at trial in a custody battle.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Sep 25, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Criminalization critique

    Last week, justice ministers from across the country met in Vancouver to discuss a range of pressing issues, notably marijuana legalization. But advocates for the rights of people living with HIV were paying close attention, as another item was on the agenda — discussions around how the criminal law is applied against people living with HIV, regarding their disclosure to sexual partners.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Sep 18, 2017
  • Rebecca Bromwich

    Consider research when it comes to polyamory

    This July, in R. v Blackmore, 2017 BCSC 1288, a Canadian court rendered the country’s first polygamy convictions in more than a century. There can be little doubt that convictions rendered against breakaway FLDS Mormon polygamists Winston Blackmore and James Oler were a correct application of the current law, laid out in s. 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

    Rebecca Bromwich|Sep 18, 2017
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Bail under scrutiny

    The ticking clock on court delays imposed by Jordan continues to run, with a range of results. Law Times reports that the Ontario Court of Justice launched a pilot project earlier this month to see whether having judges conduct bail hearings could reduce delays in the criminal justice system. Normally, it is justices of the peace who hear bail proceedings — a practice that has drawn the ire of some critics who feel this should be handled only by lawyers.

    Gabrielle Giroday|Sep 11, 2017
  • Senem Ozkin

    A call for change in bail

    It is an undeniable fact that bail courts in Ontario are in crisis. What seems to be becoming even clearer is that no amount of attention to spotlight the issues is enough to fix them.

    Senem Ozkin|Sep 11, 2017
cover image


Subscribers get early and easy access to Law Times.

Law Times Poll

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s governing body has approved a proposal to create a new licence for paralegals that would train them in some aspects of family law such as form completion, uncontested divorces and motions to change. Do you agree with this move?