Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dean Feldthusen: “This is my Canada”

Long before his tenure as Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, Bruce Feldthusen played an active role in poverty law services. A strong advocate for the provision of french-language legal services and a tireless supporter for Student Legal Aid Services Societies, he has worn many hats. And now, after 13 years, Dean Feldthusen stepped down on June 30.

Achieving inclusion for refugees and immigrants with disabilities

Imagine the dilemma of a mentally handicapped refugee claimant who commits a crime, or a developmentally handicapped immigrant in detention at the airport. The ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Initiatives Department put together legal professionals at a recent seminar to discuss these scenarios and provide lawyers with strategies to deal with them.

Online privacy in the digital age: a Q&A with the IPC

Online privacy is a source of constant tension in our wired world: is online banking actually safe? Should I add my phone number to Facebook? Are my smart phone apps tracking my location? In light of the recent revelations about the extent of the National Security Agency’s wiretapping and wire splitting operations in the US, I thought it would be interesting to see what Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) might have to say about online privacy issues. Jason Papadimos, a Communications Officer at the IPC responded to my questions on behalf of the organization.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Lonny Queripel visits LAO

Lonny Queripel, Managing Lawyer, Duty Counsel at Nova Scotia Legal Aid recently came to the Toronto-area for a three-day visit and tour with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), with the goal of gathering information on record-keeping for benchmarking purposes. Here, Lonny talks to LAO about what lessons he took from this experience and about legal aid in the Maritimes.

Welland Family Law Service Centre grand opening

Niagara region lawyers, judges and social service workers gathered recently to mark the official opening of the new Welland Family Law Service Centre. The centre provides enhanced services to low-income people struggling with family law matters such as separation, child custody and access and support payments. Clients can visit the centre, located across from the Welland courthouse, for assistance in filling out paperwork, preparing documents and obtaining summary advice. The centre was established to help meet a growing need for family law services in Niagara and across the province.