Ontario Cabinet Shuffle

  • January 12, 2017

Earlier today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn announced new updates to the provincial cabinet. She named Marie-France Lalonde as the new Community Safety and Corrections Minister – a position that became vacant following David Orazietti’s recent departure.

A message from our President David Sterns

  • January 04, 2017

Happy new year! I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work with such dedicated volunteers and staff in 2016. It is our combined effort and enthusiasm that helps ensure our members are heard. I look forward to continuing our important work in 2017.

OBA President Calls for Modernization of Courts

  • December 12, 2016

OBA President David Sterns penned an article for the Toronto Star, outlining some of the efforts that could be taken immediately to help modernize Ontario’s court infrastructure. Bringing technology to Ontario’s courts is one way to help the profession practice more efficiently and help build the public’s confidence in our cherished justice system.

Business Law Advisory Council (BLAC) Fall 2016 Report

  • December 08, 2016

The Business Law Advisory Council (BLAC) has released its Fall 2016 Report to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services which recommends amendments to several different statutes, including the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 and the General Regulation under that Act.

OBA Seeks Clarification on Gowning Requirements During Pregnancy

  • December 07, 2016

Building on a resolution of the Canadian Bar Association’s national council, the OBA’s Women Lawyers Forum and Civil Litigation Section recently proposed amendments to the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction to accommodate the needs of lawyers appearing in court while pregnant in letters to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Law Society Adopts Recommendations to Address Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees

  • December 06, 2016

At Convocation on December 2, 2016, the Law Society adopted the Final Report of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group, entitled "Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions – November 2016." The Report contains 13 recommendations related to five themes: accelerating a culture shift, measuring progress, educating for change, implementing supports, and leading by example.