Dec. 1, 2015 is World AIDS Day: an annual event held since 1988 to recognize the barriers faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day also serves to highlight issues around the world related to HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme, “Getting to Zero,” highlights the need for zero new infections, zero deaths, and, just as […]
November 23-27 marks the first Family Dispute Resolution Week in Ontario. If you’re interested in learning more about free or subsidized support for families going through separation and divorce, please visit fdrweek.ca for more information. Anyone who’s had a legal problem they had to deal with in family court knows that it can be long, […]
In a year that has been full of hardship, refugees from Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) have won an important victory: those whose claims are rejected now have a right of appeal. Jared Will practices immigration and refugee law in Toronto, with a focus on judicial review and appellate matters.
Ever since its inception in November 1996, Restorative Justice Week allows Canadians involved in a crime or conflict to learn more about restorative justice. This approach to justice focuses on providing everyone involved in a crime or conflict an active role in repairing the harm caused and moving towards healing and a sense of closure. […]
In Ontario, right now, a woman who is married to a woman who gives birth is not automatically a parent if they use a known sperm donor. Kirsti Mathers McHenry has held management and policy positions at Legal Aid Ontario where, most recently, she was Director, Strategic Initiatives and Planning, Corporate Services.
Oct. 2 of this year will be the second annual Wrongful Conviction Day, which honours the wrongly convicted and raises awareness about what leads to wrongful convictions. John Artis was charged alongside Rubin Hurricane Carter in 1966 with the murder of three white men in Patterson, New Jersey. n 1981, after spending 15 years in prison, Mr. Artis was released. Charges were dismissed in 1985 after the pair was successfully granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
Although many assume that most separating couples need a judge to settle things for them in family court, research published in the April 2015 edition of The Lawyers Weekly confirmed what many who practice in the field have long suspected: less than 10 per cent of family law cases actually result in trials. Sharon B. Silbert, J.D. Acc.FM (OAFM) is a lawyer and accredited family mediator practicing in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Over at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), we first committed to prioritizing services for those who have experienced domestic violence in 2002. Since then, we developed guidelines for all front line and intake staff to appropriately screen LAO applicants, and we also have begun domestic violence awareness training. But more needs to be done.
In consultations with justice partners and LAO’s advisory committees, Legal Aid Ontario heard again and again about the need to expand criminal certificates beyond the “loss of liberty” test — largely because the impact of criminal conviction is much greater now than in recent years. Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its landmark decision in Carter v Canada, which raises questions that are important for people with disabilities. Elsa Ascencio and Nilofar Ahmadi are law students at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Tess Sheldon is a staff Lawyer.
Earlier this month, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its 400-page executive summary of its final report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. It is an important document that provides details and insights into a shameful part of Canada’s past that has only recently begun to come into the consciousness of Canadians. Jonathan Rudin is the Program Director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. In 2001, he helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal persons) Court at the Old City Hall courts in Toronto.