As noted recently, the ongoing review by the Law Society of Upper Canada and Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo into what roles non-lawyers could play in Family Court is long overdue and has prompted some intriguing reaction.
Since the release of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., there has been a lot of discussion about the “factual matrix” mentioned in the decision to be considered in the interpretation of a contract. However, the Court of Appeal for Ontario in MacDonald v. Chicago Title Insurance has recently distinguished Sattva in the context of standard form contracts and other contracts of adhesion.
You hear it anecdotally; at least I do: the stories of dedicated lawyers burnt out by unpaid bills and unstable incomes, and struggling with building their own practice with a life outside of work. More often than not, these are stories told to me by women.
In 2007, Ashley Smith died in federal custody in Kitchener, Ont., after spending extended periods of time in segregation (or solitary confinement). In 2010, Edward Snowshoe died by suicide while in custody in Edmonton, Alta., after spending 162 days in segregation. These cases have become emblematic of the incredible problems with the continued use of segregation in prisons.
Last December’s report from the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Workplace Harassment identified the province as a major hub for human trafficking. Through the testimony of experts and survivors, the committee learned that 90 per cent of sex trafficking victims, predominantly female, are Canadian born. They come from communities across Ontario, from every cultural and socio-economic background. They are the girls next door.