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Bill 102 – Strengthening Safety and Modernizing Justice Act, 2023

  • May 17, 2023

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on Bill 102- Strengthening Safety and Modernizing Justice Act, 2023. As This submission was jointly prepared by members of the OBA’s Criminal Justice and Insurance sections, which include lawyers who practice in every region of Ontario. Members of these sections represent a wide range of clients within the Insurance and Criminal bars and have significant expertise and experience.

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Legislative and Policy Update - May 8 - May 12

  • May 15, 2023

Queen Camila! Fun Fact: While the images of Queen Elizabeth II will be phased out in Canada and on currency, everything has to changed immediately in the UK.

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Legislative and Policy Update - April 24 - April 28

  • May 04, 2023

On May 6, 2023, Ontario will celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen with free festivities at Queen’s Park and free admission to parks and attractions across the province. His Majesty King Charles III acceded to the Throne on September 8, 2022, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Provincial Government

Consumer Protection Modernization: NOSIs

  • April 27, 2023

Modernization of the Consumer Protection Act should include amendments to the PPSA to ensure consistency and alignment, and avoid the exploitation of potential loopholes.

Business Law, Civil Litigation, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association - Ontario Chapter

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Presumptive Mode of Proceedings: OBA Submission in response to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s Guidelines to Determine the Mode of Proceeding

  • April 21, 2023

The Ontario SCJ asked the OBA for input into its Guidelines to Determine the Mode of Proceeding in Civil, Family, Criminal and Small Claims Court. We received a range of perspectives from expert lawyers across multiple practice areas and all regions of the province.

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Legislative and Policy Update - April 17 - April 21

  • April 21, 2023

On Monday, April 17, 2023, the Hon. Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, introduced Bill 98, Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2003.

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Provincial Government

OBA Submission to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario regarding the Proposed Information (“IT”) Risk Management Guidance

  • April 13, 2023

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide this proactive submission to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“FSRA”) on the Proposed Information Technology “IT” Risk Management Guidance (“Guidance”).

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Legislative and Policy Update -December 5 - December 9

  • December 09, 2022

Marit Stiles, MPP for Davenport, will be the next leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, City News Toronto reported on December 6. Per the Ontario NDP constitution, the party is scheduled to hold a confirmation vote on March 4.

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – November 28 – December 2

  • December 04, 2022

Attorney General Doug Downey announced on November 21, 2022, the appointment of seven judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 1, 2022.

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Legislative and Policy Update - November 21-25

  • November 28, 2022

Attorney General Doug Downey announced last year that the province was planning to introduce a digital court system that will allow people to access court information from anywhere, and file documents and pay fees online. Bill 46, Less Red Tape, Strong Ontario Act, 2002, introduced on Wednesday, November 23, proposes to move jury duty questionnaires online.

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