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  • Lawyers kick in funding to help PBO centres

    Lawyers kick in funding to help PBO centres

    Nov 19, 2018

    Ontario lawyers raised $150,000 in 10 days to fund Pro Bono Ontario, after the non-profit said it would not have enough money to run three legal help centres next year, despite holding meetings with multiple regulators over the past few months.

  • Under pressure

    Nov 19, 2018

    The Ontario legal community has expressed a significant amount of dismay about the closure of three Pro Bono Ontario legal help centres in Ottawa and Toronto, with heavy hitters such as former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin voicing support for their continued existence.

  • Elections process makes Canada proud

    Nov 19, 2018

    A few months back, I confessed to what is, for a parliamentary wonk, an almost unforgiveable weakness; namely, a shameful but implacable envy of the United States congressional committee system.

  • Platonic friends can adopt a child together

    Platonic friends can adopt a child together

    Nov 19, 2018

    The Ontario Superior Court has recently sided with two friends seeking to adopt a child together, finding governing legislation restricting their joint adoption application to be unconstitutional.

  • Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

    Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

    Nov 12, 2018

    A proposed amendment to the provincial Juries Act would repeal the rule that prevents people convicted of an offence from serving as jurors.

  • Bencher hopefuls push LSO on pro bono funds

    Bencher hopefuls push LSO on pro bono funds

    Nov 12, 2018

    Voters and candidates are examining the Law Society of Ontario’s role in promoting pro bono funding amid the closure of popular legal help centres in several Ontario courthouses.

  • Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers

    Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers

    Nov 12, 2018

    The federal government has tabled proactive pay equity legislation covering federally regulated sectors after three years of consultation.

  • Reform the Employment Standards Act

    Nov 12, 2018

    A recent case illustrates to Ontario lawyers the need to overhaul the Employment Standards Act to improve access to justice. Why? Because the current legal landscape creates economic incentives to pursue costly litigation.

  • Familiarity with retail cannabis rules needed

    Nov 5, 2018

    October 17 has come and gone. Recreational cannabis is now legal across Canada and demand spiked instantly.

  • Pot legalization could spike human rights complaints

    Pot legalization could spike human rights complaints

    Oct 22, 2018

    Lawyers could see an uptick in human rights complaints related to cannabis after the legalization of recreational use on Oct. 17, although the province of Ontario says that human rights protections for people with disabilities or addictions remain the same as before.

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