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Opinion: Why should the LSUC change its name? It's 2017.

  • October 02, 2017
  • David McRobert

For decades, those of us who have come from away to live in Ontario have puzzled over a strange conundrum. Why isn't the Law Society serving the residents of Ontario called the Law Society of Ontario? Why does Ontario's Law Society cling to an arcane tradition of insisting its name must remain as the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)? It's 2017.

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“Nation-to-Nation” Relationships: Inherent Rights and the Implementation of Indigenous Laws

  • August 25, 2017
  • Julia Riddle

On May 10, 2017, the OBA’s Aboriginal Law section hosted the program “Nation-to-Nation” Relationships: Inherent Rights and the Implementation of Indigenous Laws. Presenters from practice and academia discussed the historical and contemporary context, the basis of nation-to-nation relationships, and challenges in implementing Indigenous laws.

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Fulfilling the Duty - Energetically

  • February 01, 2017
  • Peter Landmann

Over the past decade, hundreds of energy projects have been undertaken in Ontario under the province’s multi-billion dollar renewable energy and transmission modernization initiatives. This article focuses on the approach taken by Ontario to meet the Crown’s constitutional duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities on these projects.

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Exploring the Implications of the First Nations Child and Caring Society Case

  • November 25, 2016
  • Julia McRandall

This article provides an overview of a discussion featuring Dr. Cindy Blackstock and Sarah Clarke about the ground-breaking First Nations Child and Family Caring Society case at an event co-hosted by the OBA's Aboriginal Law and Child and Youth Law Sections. The speakers discussed the practical, political, and procedural lessons learned over nine years of litigation.

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Review of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion

  • October 04, 2016
  • Nicole McDonald

A landmark treaty was signed on September 22, 2016, by at least fifty First Nations and tribes in Canada and the United States entitled the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion (the “Treaty”). The Treaty is regarded as a shift among Indigenous nations towards a more coordinated approach to oppose pipeline proposals in Canada and the Northern United States.

Recent Federal Legislation Affecting Aboriginal Communities

  • January 05, 2016
  • Liane Langstaff

Federal legislation affecting Aboriginal communities has been changing at a rapid pace. It leaves many lawyers wondering about the implications of these important legislative changes on their practice, and Aboriginal communities working out how the changes will affect their governments, businesses and ultimately, their families. On September 30, 2015, the OBA’s Aboriginal Law Section explored these changes in its program on “Recent federal legislation affecting aboriginal communities”.

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