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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of October 5

  • October 09, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements.  With COVID-19 daily cases continuing to be above 500 and a backlog in Ontario’s COVID-19 testing, the government came under fire for reluctance to put in place further restrictions on businesses and lack of preparedness for the second wave.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of September 28

  • October 02, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements.  With COVID-19 daily cases rising to the highest level since the outbreak occurred, the government focused on rolling out its plan for the second wave. On the legislative front, of particular interest to family lawyers, the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020 passed second reading. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of September 21

  • September 25, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements. 

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of September 14, 2020 

  • September 18, 2020

The Legislature returned this week after adjourning on July 21.  The government introduced two pieces of legislation, Bill 202, Soldier’s Aid Commission Act, 2020 and Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020. The main issues this week revolved around the government’s back to school plans and the rise in COVID-19 cases. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of July 20th

  • July 24, 2020

The Legislature sat on Monday and Tuesday this week.  There were no new bills introduced.  The Legislature adjourned this week, for the session, and will return on September 14, 2020.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of July 13th

  • July 17, 2020

The Legislature sat on Monday through Wednesday this week this week.  No new bills were introduced, however the government brought motions to time allocate Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, which were introduced last week. The motions would move the two bills to 3rd Reading next week, without committee hearings, when the legislature is scheduled to sit again on July 20th.

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of July 6th 

  • July 10, 2020

On Tuesday, the government introduced Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. The legislation allows for the government to continue the use of existing emergency powers otherwise restricted for use under a Declaration of Emergency. The current Declaration of Emergency was introduced on March 17th and has been renewed within each consecutive two week period.

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OBA Submission on the new Legal Aid Services Act

  • March 10, 2020

The OBA submission raised three specific issues that it would like to see addressed with respect to the proposed Legal Aid Services Act in Bill 161: (1) Ensuring additional funding for court-ordered services currently covered directly by the Attorney General; (2) Clarifying a fair process regarding information disclosure for lawyers who represent LAO clients; and, (3) Clarifying proportional representation on the LAO Board.

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Provincial Government

Pre-Budget Consultation Letter

  • February 11, 2020

As part of the provincial government’s pre-budget consultations, the OBA asked the government to commit to adequate and predictable funding for the legal aid system and ensure adequate funding of a comprehensive strategy that recognizes the prevalence of mental health issues for society’s most vulnerable who are served by lawyers in all areas of the legal aid system.

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Provincial Government

2019 Response Business Law Modernization and Burden Reduction Council’s Recommendations to Modernize Ontario’s Business Law Statutes

  • November 28, 2019

The OBA made a submission to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Service in support of five recommendations put forward by the Business Law Modernization and Burden Reduction Council to modernize business law in Ontario. These included proposed legislative amendments to the Personal Property Security Act and the Ontario Business Corporations Act as well as regulatory changes to the Arthur Wishart Act.

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