Last Week at Queen’s Park
After rising for the winter break a week ahead of schedule on December 6th, the government called MPP’s back to the Legislative Assembly on December 17th, for the purpose of passing legislation to prevent work action by the Ontario Power Workers union.
The legislation was introduced, and passed into law on Thursday, December 20th with support from the government, members of the liberal and green parties. The Official Opposition opposed the Bill, arguing that it violated the workers’ Charter rights.
Despite the legislative intent of the government, question period focused not on labour issues, but on the handling of the appointment of Ron Taverner as OPP chief. On Monday, it was revealed that Taverner rescinded his resignation from the Toronto Police. Critics have called for an investigation into the hiring. The province’s Integrity Commissioner is probing the hiring, and on Wednesday the Attorney General indicated that the government would “abide” by the Integrity Commissioner’s recommendations. The Premier did not attend any of the three question periods between December 17th and 20th to answer opposition questions about the issue.
Law Society of Ontario
Convocation was held on December 10th, and addressed business deferred from the November 30th Convocation, and the future of the lawyer licensing process in Ontario. Convocation approved lawyer licensing path that maintains transitional training, with enhancements.
The 2019 Law Society of Ontario Bencher Election is almost upon us. OBA members with an interest in running for Bencher should contact advocacy@OBA.org, an take advantage of the OBeA Bencher program. Further information on the election process can be found on the LSO web page.
Finally, the LSO is inviting input from the legal community and the public on a draft regulatory framework permitting lawyers and paralegals to provide services through charities and not-for-profit corporations, as a means to facilitate access to justice. The comment period is open until January 18, 2019. Please see the Alternative Business Structures Working Group’s October Report for more information, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your views.
The Upcoming Week in Legislative Committees
There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
NOTABLE GOVERNMENT BILLS (UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK)
Bill Number & Name
Bill 67, Labour Relations Amendment Act (Protecting Ontario's Power Supply), 2018
Scott, Hon. Laurie
Minister of Labour
December 17: First Reading
December 18: Second Reading, Debate, Carried on Division, Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy
December 19: Time allocated, Discharge the Order of Referral to Committee, Ordered for Third Reading
December 20: Third Reading Debate, Deferred vote, Carried on Division, Royal Assent Received.
PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
The Ontario Court of Justice has a Judicial Vacancy in Owen Sound.
There are several government appointments available through the Public Appointments Secretariat run by the Provincial Government. Appointments that may be of particular interest to OBA members include, but are not limited to;
Legal Aid Ontario is looking for members of its Board of Directors;
Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario; and,
Office of the Worker Advisor.