Tag Archives: access to justice

Can a Landlord Charge a Tenant Late Fees?

Many residential leases purport to require tenants to pay their landlords late fees if they pay their rent late. Many tenants pay those fees without challenging them, and the question arises: are these fees enforceable? Short Answer: A late fee … Continue reading

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New Child Support Guidelines Blog Post

By: Olivia Manzer Those who receive or pay child support may see an increase or decrease in the amount of child support they pay or receive as a result of the update to the Federal Child Support Guidelines that came … Continue reading

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Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: Abolishing the Conditional Permanent Residence Provision and the Next Steps

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: Abolishing the Conditional Permanent Residence Provision and the Next Steps Arden Mathieson Summer Law Clerk Edmonton Community Legal Centre Prior to April 28, 2017, immigrants to Canada under the spousal sponsorship program had to live … 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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Increasing Access to Justice with Alternative Fee Structures

Individuals who find themselves unable to afford legal services may find assistance in the form of pro bono legal services or online self-help resources. While these are important ways that the legal community is improving access to justice, they are … 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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