Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
Article provides a quick guide to the new Residential Tenancies Act
Posted Feb 16, 2007 - A commentary by Tom Cooper of McQuesten Legal & Community Services in Hamilton describes the new Ontario tenancy legislation as "a mixed bag, ending default evictions but retaining vacancy decontrol."
Article source McQuesten Legal & Community Services
Law Society voices support for sustainable legal aid
Posted Feb 16, 2007 - The treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Gavin MacKenzie, has expressed the Law Society’s continuing concern over the need for a well-funded and sustainable system of legal aid in Ontario.
Article source Law Society of Upper Canada
Supreme Court holds men accountable to their family law obligations
Posted Feb 12, 2007 - On February 9, 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Dickie v. Dickie, in which the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) intervened. The Court has decided that men who refuse to comply with family court orders can be held in contempt of court.
Article source Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
Legal aid system sends out SOS
Posted Feb 8, 2007 - In an article in the Toronto Star, Tracy Heffernan, who works at Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services, and her colleagues at Ontario's 78 other poverty law clinics, are speaking out because their financial plight has become so acute.
Article source Toronto Star
Thunder Bay group releases report on citywide poverty
Posted Feb 1, 2007 - The Thunder Bay Economic Justice Committee has brought the issue of citywide poverty to MPP Bill Mauro.
Article source Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic
Challenges made to new adoption information law
Posted Jan 29, 2007 - The constitutionality of Ontario's new Adoption Information Disclosure Act is being challenged on the grounds that it violates the privacy rights of birth parents and adult adoptees who have opted to remain anonymous.
Article source Law Times
Governor General challenges Canadians about Aboriginal third world conditions
Posted Jan 29, 2007 - During a speech at the national conference in Calgary of Engineers Without Borders, Governor General Michaelle Jean challenged Canadians to address the third-world conditions that exist in Canada in aboriginal communities.
Article source K-Net News for the North
Residential school settlement clears another hurdle through judiciary
Posted Jan 26, 2007 - The final court approval for the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) is one step closer to reality after judges from across Canada met in Calgary yesterday, according to a news release from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
Article source First Perspective - National Aboriginal News
Legal clinic director calls for increased funding for community legal clinics
Posted Jan 16, 2007 - In an opinion piece for the Toronto Star, Avvy Go, the clinic director at the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic addresses the importance of community legal clinics and the problem of a chronically underfunded legal aid system in Ontario.
Article source Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
The Ontario Court of Appeal rules that a child can have three legally recognized parents
Posted Jan 9, 2007 - The Ontario woman who was legally recognized as a young boy's third parent this week said she knew she was taking ''a leap of faith'' when she embarked on the controversial journey to challenge the definition of family in Canada.
Article source The Globe and Mail
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