Category Archives: Legal Resources

Proposed Amendments to the 34 year-old Federal Divorce Act Receive Stamp of Approval in the House of Commons 

On February 6, 2019, the House of Commons completed its third reading of and passed Bill C-78. The focus of the Bill is to protect families and children from negative outcomes resulting from divorce and separation. Bill C-78 proposes amendments … Continue reading

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Legal Aid: A View from Ontario

In this blogpost, I will outline the key features of the legal aid system in Ontario. I will also talk about how the network of legal clinics operates and what aspects are relevant for the delivery of legal aid in … Continue reading

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Repost from ABlawg: “The Increase of Self-Represented and Vexatious Litigants”

This post is an introduction to Jonnette Watson Hamilton’s article “The Increase of Self-Represented and Vexatious Litigants” published on ABlawg: http://ablawg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Blog_JWH_ATB_v_Hawrysh_Sept_2018.pdf Hamilton’s article describes the new approach Alberta courts have adopted in regards to court access restrictions. Courts no longer … Continue reading

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Pizza Delivery Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? Commentary on Steiner v MNR.

Pizza Delivery Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? Commentary on Steiner v MNR.  By Michael A. Power with Lydia Potter Pizza delivery is a big business that relies heavily on drivers to transport fresh, piping hot pizzas right to your door. … Continue reading

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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 LawPRO: Providing High Quality Service to Indigenous Clients

A recent issue of LawPro Magazine was devoted to considerations specific to working with Indigenous clients. This post introduces and summarizes Nora Rock’s article, “Providing high-quality service to indigenous clients,” available here. The article provides introductory comments on how to … 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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