Category Archives: Civil Litigation

Language Barriers: Lost in Translation

Language Barriers: Lost in Translation As a volunteer in family docket court, I frequently watch litigants struggle to communicate with judges, duty counsel, and even their own lawyers. If English or French is not someone’s first language, it is extremely … Continue reading

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Repost from ABlawg: Status of Women Deputy Minister Visits the University of Calgary

This is a repost of University of Calgary Professor Jennifer Koshan’s recently published wishlist of matters for the new provincial Status of Women Ministry (together with the Ministry of Justice) to address. http://ablawg.ca/2016/01/15/status-of-women-deputy-minister-visits-the-university-of-calgary-a-wish-list/ A suggestion of key interest to us … Continue reading

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An Update on the Jurisdiction of Masters in the Court of Queen’s Bench to Set Aside Orders of the RTDRS

Jonnette Watson Hamilton recently posted an article on ABlawg.ca called “Setting Aside Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Orders for Problems with Service: It Can’t Be Done,” in which she discusses a recent written decision by Master Farrington (in Calgary) in … Continue reading

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ABlawg.ca Post Comment: Can the Homeless Find Shelter in the Courts?

In a recent ABlawg post, Joshua Sealy-Harrington argues that the Ontario Court of Appeal two-justice majority decision in Tanudjaja v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONCA 852 (CA) is less compelling than Feldman JA’s dissent–which would have recognized section 7 of … Continue reading

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Online Self-Help Resources No Panacea for Access to Justice Crisis

Co-Authored by Sarah Eadie and Kaila Eadie Online, plain language, self-help resources are commonly touted as important tools in our efforts to increase access to justice. British Columbia has created a web portal (Clicklaw), designed to be the primary electronic … Continue reading

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Case Comment: Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v British Columbia (AG)

Case Comment: Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v British Columbia (AG) The recent Supreme Court of Canada [“SCC”] decision in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (AG)[1] may have far-reaching ramifications for those of us concerned about … Continue reading

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Employment Standards Appeals Are Lengthy and Difficult, Yet Meant to Protect the Vulnerable: Case Comment on 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan

This post comments on a recent Employment Standards Umpire decision, 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan, 2013 CanLII 87001 [Bistro India], which was unusual in that it required seven days of hearing. The employer, a numbered company which operated a restaurant, … Continue reading

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