Category Archives: Public Policy

Polyamorous Relationships: Judicial Recognition of More Than Two Parents

In a recent Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court case known as CC (Re)[1], two male partners applied for a declaratory order of parentage of the newborn child of their female partner. The three adults were all in a polyamorous relationship … 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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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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Door-to-Door Deception

As of January 2017, section 9.1(1) of the Direct Selling Business Licensing Regulation has made it a prohibited practice to sell furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, windows and energy audits door to door.[1] This regulation does not retroactively apply to … Continue reading

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Making a List and Checking it Twice: Barriers to Access to Justice

Here’s a link to a SLAW post by Manitoba lawyer Karen Dyck: http://www.slaw.ca/2016/03/23/making-a-list-barriers-to-access-to-justice/ In this blog post, the writer presents an itemized list of “barriers that stand between ordinary people with legal problems and their effective access to justice,” but … 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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