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Supporting Continuation of the Certified Specialist Program and Ongoing LSO Oversight

  • August 30, 2023

The CSP is an important and reliable indication to members of the public that verifies a lawyer’s expertise. It promotes access to justice and is important in promoting EDI. The CSP should be expanded to other areas, and remain under the supervision of the LSO.

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Legislative and Policy Update - August 21- 25

  • August 25, 2023

Greenbelt Surrender: The Chief of Staff to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing at the center of the Greenbelt controversy has resigned in the wake of the scathing Auditor General’s report. This is unlikely to quell opposition calls for the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Premier to resign.

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Legislative and Policy Update – August 14 - 18

  • August 17, 2023

Reports have been swirling online that DoFo, who asserted in 2019 that he's "the only premier in history that refuses to use the premier's plane that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars," hitched a ride with the Ontario Provincial Police to FordFest Windsor, a PC Party celebration that took place on Friday.

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Legislative and Policy Update - August 7 - 11

  • August 10, 2023

Auditor-General's Swan Song: In a highly anticipated report, Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk, whose 10-year term ends next month, did not hold back in finding that the government’s process for opening the Greenbelt for development was influenced by a group of well-connected developers, who are projected to make billions.

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Legislative and Policy Update – July 31 – August 4

  • August 03, 2023

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a major cabinet shuffle which included the elevation of lawyer, Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale-High Park, to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. You can learn more about the new Attorney General here.

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Legislative and Policy Update - July 17 - July 21

  • July 21, 2023

Note that the OBA offices will be closed July 24-28. Digital Justice Platform: Ontario is moving away from the stone age paper proceedings and is investing $166 million to deliver more legal services online. Check out the Attorney General’s announcement here.

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Legislative and Policy Update - July 10 - July 14

  • July 13, 2023

The Council of the Federation, aka Canada’s Premiers, met this week to talk about issues like affordability, health care, economic growth, and Canada’s competitiveness. They even have their own website! Premier Ford championed measures to expedite “shovels in the ground” for big infrastructure projects in Ontario, specifically naming Highway 413 and the Ring of Fire.

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Legislative and Policy Update - July 3 - July 7

  • July 07, 2023

Caroline Mulroney was called to the Ontario bar, and three days later was appointed ‘King’s Counsel’ in Ontario. The title is bestowed on lawyers who have demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of legal excellence. Read more here. And in case you were wondering, yes, all Q.C.’s are now K.C’s.

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Rule for the Disclosure of Partial Settlements

  • June 30, 2023

The OBA supports an amendment to the Rules of Civil Procedure, which provides for a Rule to address the disclosure of partial settlements.

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Legislative and Policy Update - June 26-June 30

  • June 29, 2023

Olivia Chow will be sworn in as Toronto’s next mayor on July 12. After expressing concerns about a “lefty” becoming Mayor, Premier Doug Ford stated that he hopes to find common ground and work with Mayor-elect Chow. Read the CBC article on the results and Chow’s election promises here.

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