Access to Justice

  • June 24, 2024

    25 new judges | Norman Douglas

    The Ontario Court of Justice (Justices of the Peace, family court judges and criminal court judges) currently has approximately 300 members.

  • June 21, 2024

    Public school boards are bound by Charter; tribunals’ Charter rulings reviewed for correctness: SCC

    In an important Charter and standard of review case, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that labour arbitrators and other administrative tribunals “should play a primary role” in deciding Charter issues within their bailiwicks — which Charter determinations courts should review on a “correctness” rather than “reasonableness” standard — and that the Charter applies to Ontario public school boards, thereby protecting board employees’ reasonable expectations of privacy in their workplaces and shielding employees from unreasonable search or seizure by their employers.

  • June 21, 2024

    National Indigenous Peoples Day: ‘For some reason, I don’t feel lucky’ | Tony Stevenson

    Today has been declared National Indigenous Peoples Day. We recognize and celebrate the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada. Every year, numerous activities are organized across the country on June 21 to showcase the richness and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural expressions and stories. This holiday was given to my people in 1996 by the then-governor general Romeo Leblanc.

  • June 19, 2024

    Bill C-73 sparks hope for nature and biodiversity protection

    On June 13, 2024, the federal environment minister introduced Bill C-73, the Nature Accountability Bill.

  • June 19, 2024

    Alberta Court of Appeal murder case illustrates perils of plea bargain rejection

    The lawyer for Michael Anthony Roebuck had negotiated a plea bargain with the Crown that would have resulted in a plea of second-degree murder and a much shorter period of parole ineligibility than the Airdrie, Alta., resident received after being convicted of first-degree murder.

  • June 18, 2024

    Nunavut turns to public in bid to fix child protection system

    Family welfare officials in Nunavut are inviting residents to weigh in on developing an “action plan” to fix the territory’s troubled child protection system.  

  • June 19, 2024

    Errors in trial decision no guarantee for successful appeal

    Three homicides that occurred in 2007 had police investigators stymied for years. Then, on Dec. 18, 2014, a 101-year-old D-Day veteran, Ernest Côté, was found murdered at his home. Police charged Orleans, Ont., resident Ian Bush with the murder. While Bush was undergoing psychiatric examination and found fit to stand trial, Ottawa police, with the help of forensics, linked the Côté killing to the deaths of the Chief Justice of the Tax Court, Albon Garon, his wife Raymonde and their neighbour, Marie-Claire Boniskos.

  • June 14, 2024

    New chief commissioner of Canadian Human Rights Commission announced

    Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Arif Virani announced on June 14, 2024, the appointment of Birju Dattani as chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), effective Aug. 8, 2024,

  • June 14, 2024

    Law requires Ottawa to roll out national strategy to combat ‘environmental racism’ within two years

    Calling it “a significant milestone in the fight for environmental justice,” the federal Green party hailed the imminent enactment of its “groundbreaking” private member’s bill that requires Ottawa to roll out within two years a “national strategy” to mitigate the harmful fallout from “environmental racism” — which the party said disproportionately exposes marginalized, racialized and Indigenous communities to environmental hazards.

  • June 13, 2024

    Inexcusable: Associate chairs missing in action | Voy Stelmaszynski

    The absence of permanent, competent associate chairs at Tribunals Ontario spells disaster for each adjudicative tribunal and betrays a lack of commitment to providing leadership when and where it is most needed. Why are there ongoing vacancies in key leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario?