Law Times has two stories this week focused on issues related to child welfare. In one, Ontario Superior Court Justice Grant Campbell found two lawyers provided incompetent counsel while representing parents in a family law case that he said shows the poor state of the child welfare system in Canada.
Late last year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released Patel v. Sheth, the next in a series of cases following the 2012 recognition of a tort of intrusion upon seclusion in Jones v. Tsige.
All eyes are on the U.S. court system after an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. It stopped refugee processing for 120 days and put a complete halt on Syrian refugee processing. There was no guidance on dual citizens or U.S. permanent residents, which caused concern and confusion at the borders.
Many Canadians expressed a deep sense of sorrow and outrage after a man shot worshippers in a mosque in Quebec City on Jan. 29. The shootings — soon after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning nationals from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days — touched a collective nerve in Canada. Thousands of people attended vigils across Canada, in response to the deaths, and social media was alive with commentary about combatting Islamophobia.