human rights law


  • Embarrassing wage gap persists

    Mar 18, 2019

    In 2017, women in Canada earned an average of $0.87 for every dollar earned by men, Statistics Canada has reported.

  • Nixing victim surcharges a good move

    Mar 18, 2019

    Late last year, the Supreme Court of Canada quashed the mandatory victim surcharge imposed on accused convicted of criminal offences.

  • Sexual assault cases to come before SCC

    Sexual assault cases to come before SCC

    Jan 7, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada is going to hear two cases this year about the threshold for a sexual assault defendant to meet for evidence about a complainant’s sexual history to be admissible at trial.

  • Lawyers say accessibility legislation needs timelines

    Lawyers say accessibility legislation needs timelines

    Jan 7, 2019

    The federal government’s accessibility legislation has gone to the Senate after seeing several amendments in the House of Commons, but lawyers who work with those who have disabilities say that more amendments are still needed to the bill — particularly when it comes to timelines and the complexity of the complaints process.

  • Parkdale legal clinic may have to move

    Parkdale legal clinic may have to move

    Dec 10, 2018

    Parkdale Community Legal Services says it may be out of its location on Queen Street West. The organization received a termination notice on Oct. 16 to vacate its lease by Jan. 1, 2019, said Johanna Macdonald, clinic director of Parkdale Community Legal Services.

  • Ontario human rights case makes it to the big screen

    Ontario human rights case makes it to the big screen

    Dec 3, 2018

    An impasse between Pardeep Singh Nagra and the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association transformed within a few days from a sports dispute into a human rights precedent in the country and also a story that received national media attention.

  • Concerns over federal bill expressed

    Nov 19, 2018

    Recently, jury composition has become an important issue on the public agenda. Ontario lawyers practising criminal law have expressed opinions on Bill C-75, as well as on a proposed amendment to the provincial Juries Act, Bill 52.

  • HRTO claim by medical pot user dismissed

    HRTO claim by medical pot user dismissed

    Nov 19, 2018

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found a litigant had no prospect of success in a claim that her employer-sponsored insurance plan was discriminating against her disability by refusing to pay for her medical cannabis.

  • Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

    Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

    Nov 12, 2018

    A proposed amendment to the provincial Juries Act would repeal the rule that prevents people convicted of an offence from serving as jurors.

  • And so, it has begun

    Nov 12, 2018

    And so, it has begun. Lawyers in Ontario have begun publicly declaring their interest in running for the role of bencher for the Law Society of Ontario, in an election set to take place in April 2019.

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