- May 27, 2019
Winston Churchill said: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
I was reminded of this as I attended a moving and joyful swearing-in ceremony of two new judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on May 21.
May 6, 2019
The Canadian Judicial Council had been in existence for more than a decade before its first formal hearing into the conduct of a judge and the central issues were the limits on speech outside of court and whether that could be subject to disciplinary action.
- Mar 25, 2019
The SNC-Lavalin scandal has proven to be an insatiable beast with tentacles reaching deep into the political and legal worlds — perhaps even as far as the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mar 8, 2019
It has been more than a decade since the Law Society of Ontario voted to enhance the retention and advancement of women, and some candidates for bencher say it’s time to tackle the issue again.
Feb 4, 2019
William Chalmers, a 30-year veteran of Hughes Amys LLP, will take up a new role on the bench, the Minister of Justice said in a Jan. 31 announcement.
Feb 4, 2019
In her judicial application, Michele Hollins was asked how her experience would provide her with insight into the diversity of Canadian perspectives. She cited the impact of mental illness in her answer.
Jan 30, 2019
In an effort to speed up Ontario’s civil justice system, on Feb. 1, the province's Superior Court will begin a case management pilot called the One Judge Model.
Dec 14, 2018
Lorne Sossin, former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario.
Nov 28, 2018
The elevation of often outspoken University of Calgary law school professor Alice Woolley to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench will please her friends, annoy her enemies and, in the view of many, strengthen the court.
- Oct 9, 2018
But what happens when disagreement with a decision turns into a complete dismissal of the judiciary’s independence and authority?
- Sep 28, 2018
A report from the Law Society of Ontario’s Human Rights Monitoring Group stoked debate among some prominent benchers this week regarding the law society’s role in politics.
Sep 5, 2018
With three new judicial appointments on the West Coast, there are two new Supreme Court of British Columbia justices and another new member of the British Columbia and Yukon courts of appeal.
- Aug 7, 2018
As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States
Jun 7, 2018
For young lawyers, mentorship is in short supply, cases are more complex and the bench has "softened" as the new generation of judges includes fewer “tyrants” like those with whom they dealt as young lawyers, according to Dennis O’Connor and Thomas Cromwell.
Feb 21, 2018
The Canadian Judicial Council has recommended in a report to the Minister of Justice that Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard be removed from office, due to the “fatal compromise” of his integrity because of his conduct during an inquiry into what appeared to be a cocaine transaction caught on tape.
- Feb 6, 2018
British Columbia's Supreme Court is trailing behind other courts in the province in terms of gender balance, despite the federal justice department’s proclamation that in 2017, it made 100 judicial appointments nationally, of which half were women.
Dec 14, 2017
A complaint has been filed against a judge and a Windsor, Ont. Crown attorney for an “inappropriate social outing” that took place during an ongoing criminal trial they were both working on.
- Oct 3, 2017
The Ontario Court of Justice has announced 10 new judicial appointments for the Toronto area, including two black women judges.
- Sep 25, 2017
Words matter and have consequences. The words “Make America Great Again” on a baseball cap worn by Justice Bernd Zabel in his Hamilton, Ont. courtroom the morning after the presidential election have compounded through alignment with U.S. President Donald Trump.
- Sep 19, 2017
Company did not discriminate against cocaine addict fired for cause. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a worker for just cause when he violated a fitness for duty policy by attending work under the influence of drugs. This landmark decision upheld a ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did not unlawfully discriminate when a worker’s employment was terminated for breach of a safety rule that prohibited a worker from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.