Tag Archives: access to justice

A Landlord’s Claims for Compensation at the End of a Residential Tenancy: A Repost from ABLAWG

A recent blog post from ABblawg.ca provides helpful comments on the written decision of the Alberta Provincial Court in the residential tenancy matter of Barry v Navratil, 2019 ABPC 229 (CanLII). The decision and its commentary are particularly welcome given the dearth … Continue reading

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Legal Aid Ontario Funding Cuts: A Repost from SLAW

In its recent announcement of a 30% cut to the funding of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), the Government of Ontario claimed that its decision would only have a minimal impact on access to justice and LAO’s ability to offer legal … Continue reading

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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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Access to Justice Week Comes to Alberta

Planning is underway to hold Alberta’s first ever Access to Justice week from September 29 – October 5, 2019. Alberta will be joining Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, who each have a week in October dedicated to Access to Justice. The Access to Justice Committee of the … 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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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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