Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of May 13

  • May 17, 2024

More ServiceOntario “retail partnerships”: The province is planning to move more ServiceOntario locations into retail stores. The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery has posted a request for qualifications looking for “retailers of all sizes” that might want to host locations. An online posting calls for any businesses interested in a “lease model retail partnership with ServiceOntario.”

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of May 6

  • May 10, 2024

Safeguarding Students: The Ontario government plans to introduce regulatory changes through legislation that would create protections to better safeguard students’ information from being stolen or used inappropriately while on school devices.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 29

  • May 06, 2024

PCs Win Two Byelections: Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative candidates won both Ontario byelections by convincing margins on Thursday. PC candidate Zee Hamid won by more than 2,400 votes, or nine percentage points, while fellow PC Steve Pinsonneault drew 57 per cent of the votes in the Tory stronghold of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 22

  • April 26, 2024

Need for Speed: The Ontario government is raising the speed limit from 100 km/h to 110km/h on 10 additional sections of provincial highways. The changes will apply to certain sections of Highways 401, 403, 406, 416 and 69.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 15

  • April 19, 2024

Pain at the Pumps: Premier Doug Ford lashed out about the sharp rise in gas prices this week. But what is causing it? Well, prices at Ontario gas stations are tied to what happens in the New York Harbour, which switched to the summer blend on April 16.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 8

  • April 12, 2024

Homing In at Queen’s Park: The Ford government has unveiled a new omnibus bill focused on streamlining home building and approvals in the province. The Cutting Red Tape to Build More Housing Act includes a reduction in the amount of parking developers need to build, special rules to fast-track the construction of student accommodation and a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy. The province wants to get 1.5 million new homes built by 2031.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 1

  • April 05, 2024

Parts of Panhandling Law Unconstitutional: An Ontario court has struck down sections of the province's panhandling law. The Fair Change legal clinic argued the law violated several charter rights, including freedom of expression and the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 25

  • March 28, 2024

A First for Ontario Legislature: MPPs can now speak Indigenous languages at Queen's Park. While members were previously allowed to only speak either English or French, an amendment passed Tuesday allows them to also address the Speaker in an Indigenous language spoken in Canada. If members wish to do so, they must notify the clerk ahead of time so interpretation and translation services can be made available.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 18

  • March 22, 2024

Lawsuit Over Basic Income Cancellation: The province is facing a class action lawsuit for the cancellation of its basic income pilot project. Law firm Cavalluzzo LLP says the suit, brought forward by 4,000 people who took part in the project, claims damages for the sudden cancellation in 2018 by the Ford government. The suit is seeking damages up to $200 million.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 11

  • March 18, 2024

Action! Very Soon: Housing Minister Paul Calandra says he expects to introduce the spring housing bill “very soon.” In this case, “very soon” means after the March 26 budget. “I think there are some issues the budget will help facilitate, so we’ll do it after,” he told reporters at Queen’s Park. The Ford government introduces a new Housing Supply Action Plan every spring as it aims to boost supply to reach its goal of 1.5 million new homes by 2031.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 4

  • March 08, 2024

B-Day at Queen’s Park: Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will table the next Ontario budget on March 26. In a post on X Thursday morning, he said the budget will outline how the government is “rebuilding Ontario's economy without raising taxes and fees or putting more burden on businesses and municipalities." The OBA will have full coverage of the budget and how it impacts lawyers, as well as information about relevant policy initiatives. Stay tuned!

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 26

  • March 01, 2024

Remembering Brian Mulroney: Premier Doug Ford is remembering the late Brian Mulroney as a “mentor” and advisor”. “You wanna talk about leadership? You wanna talk about trailblazers, visionaries? That was Brian Mulroney,” Ford said of the former prime minister who passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 19

  • February 23, 2024

Repeal Reveal: The provincial government quietly repealed Bill 124 on Friday morning through an Order in Council, which it says was permitted through the legislation. Bill 124 capped salary increases for public sector workers. It was struck down as unconstitutional and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision. 

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 12

  • February 16, 2024

Bill 124 Very Repealing: The province says it will repeal a wage-cap law on public sector workers that the Court of Appeal found unconstitutional on Monday. Bill 124 capped salary increases for public sector workers at one per cent a year for three years. It was struck down as unconstitutional and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 5

  • February 12, 2024

Breakfast at Dougie’s: Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with his Alberta counterpart for a “working breakfast” at his home in Etobicoke, this week. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is facing criticism after introducing provincial legislation that, among other things, prohibits anyone under 18 from undergoing gender-affirming surgeries.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 22

  • January 26, 2024

Courthouse expansion? Check: The Ontario government has announced the completed expansion of the Brampton courthouse. The $117 million investment in the expansion of the courthouse – one of the busiest in the province – includes six additional floors with 18 new hearing rooms, upgraded security features, and improved accessibility spaces. The government says the courthouse also boasts enhanced technology to support more virtual hearings.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 15

  • January 19, 2024

Pedal down on privatization plans: The province has unveiled the next steps in their plans to ramp up the role of for-profit and private clinics in Ontario’s healthcare system. Starting in the spring, the province will begin expanding the number of licensed diagnostic and surgery centres offering things such as MRI and CT scans, endoscopies and orthopedic surgeries. The legislation the changes come under — Bill 60 — was tabled by the Ford government as a way to, hopefully, cut waiting times.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 8

  • January 12, 2024

Bail or jail: Ontario's solicitor general has announced a new system to track people on bail. An investment of $24 million is being is being delivered through the Bail Compliance and Warrant Apprehension Grant program. The province says it will help police services establish dedicated bail compliance and/or warrant apprehension teams to monitor high-risk individuals, as well as support new technology for a provincewide bail compliance monitoring system.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of December 11

  • December 15, 2023

Booze news for you: Ontarians will soon have 8,500 new places to buy their favourite drinks. On Thursday, Doug Ford finally made good on his promise to expand the sale of alcohol. Starting in 2026, Ontarians will be able to buy beer, wine, cider and seltzers at convenience stores, big box outlets and some gas stations.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of December 4

  • December 09, 2023

On the auditor’s naughty list: The Ontario auditor general’s office published its annual report on Wednesday … and it wasn’t good news for the government.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of November 20

  • November 25, 2023

Do you give a hoot … or two?: Opposition MPPs are calling for more public engagement concerning the government’s plan to return land to the Greenbelt after Premier Doug Ford said in the Legislature that the public “don’t give two hoots” about the issue.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of November 13

  • November 17, 2023

Banning what’s already banned: The Ontario government unveiled plans this week to ban unpaid trial shifts for restaurant and hospitality workers. But it’s already illegal for employers to do that under the Employment Standards Act. So, what gives? Well, Labour Minister David Piccini says unpaid trial shifts are currently happening as part of the interview process in some restaurants, so this legislation is designed to specifically prohibit the practice.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of November 6

  • November 11, 2023

Feds Creep Out Premier Ford: Premier Doug Ford didn't mince words speaking with reporters about the federal government’s Housing Accelerator Fund: “We call it jurisdictional creep”. The premier said the province can get a “better bang for the buck” (anyone remember buck-a-beer? We digress...). if it works with the federal government directly. The province also has its own Building Faster Fund that seeks to address the affordable housing issue.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of October 30

  • November 06, 2023

Goodbye HST: Ontario has officially announced plans to remove the provincial portion of HST for new rental housing, in an effort to address the ongoing housing supply crisis. Ontario’s share of the HST represents 8%, but, given the federal government’s similar policy announced in September, the entire 13% HST will not apply to new purpose-built rental housing.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of October 23

  • October 27, 2023

Don’t Look Up: The 2023 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index was released this week, which measures how countries adhere to the rule of law. While Canada ranked 12th overall, it fell to 58th out of 142 countries when it comes to accessing civil justice without reasonable delay. This is well behind peer countries such as the United States (28th), UK (24th) and Australia (19th).

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of October 16

  • October 20, 2023

Another Notch on the Greenbelt: On Monday, October 16th, 2023, the government tabled Bill 136, Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023. The legislation would return the previously removed lands to the Greenbelt, and would provide extensive liability immunity to the government for any actions relating to the Greenbelt, and specifically the actions taken regarding the removals in 2022.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of October 9

  • October 13, 2023

Feed me Seymour: As the Greenbelt saga continues, there is increasing speculation about the impact all of this will have on the re-electability of the Premier and this government. The RCMP announced that their “Sensitive and International Investigations Unit” (SII) will investigate.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of October 2

  • October 06, 2023

Call Me Maybe: Global News is reporting that Doug Ford has used his personal cell phone for government business but his office is refusing to divulge his phone logs claiming the need to maintain the privacy of callers. Fun Fact: the reason government officials are not permitted to use private communication devices is to ensure there is an official record of government business.

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Your OBA LegUp - Policy and Legislative Update Week of September 25

  • September 29, 2023

THIS WEEK AT QUEEN’S PARK (and elsewhere) Federal Minister Joins OBA for Media Launch of Peer Support Network for Lawyers Living with Disabilities: OBA President, Kelly McDermott and Canada’s Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, Carla Qualtrough spoke to the media and special guests about the first-of-its-kind support program which is central to Ms. McDermott’s mandate. The CBC and other media outlets carried the story which will raise awareness. Learn more about this support network here.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of September 18

  • September 22, 2023

Peer Support Network Launch: The OBA is incredibly excited to be joined by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, for the upcoming launch of the OBA Peer-to-Peer Support Network.

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Your OBA LegUp : Weekly Legislative Update September 11 – September 15

  • September 14, 2023

Tories Circle Wagons: Progressive Conservative MPPs have blocked a bid by Liberal MPP McMahon to have former cabinet minister Steve Clark and other senior officials appear before a legislative committee regarding the Greenbelt / developer scandal.

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Your OBA LegUp : Weekly Legislative Update September 4 – September 8

  • September 07, 2023

Cabinet Shuffle: Following Minister Steve Clark's resignation, Premier Ford shuffled his cabinet.  The Hon. Paul Calandra takes over as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Stan Cho becomes Minister of Long-Term Care, the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria is the new Minister of Transportation and the Hon. Caroline Mulroney is President of Treasury Board.  Steve Clark continues to be an MPP and a member of the Conservative Caucus.

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Your OBA LegUp: Weekly Legislative Update August 28 - September 1

  • September 01, 2023

Greenbelt Gall: A developer who attempted to sell two Greenbelt parcels, instead of building housing, suffered the wrath of DoFo. In a scathing statement, the Premier put the owners “on notice” that the government will require real progress to be made by the end of the year, with a plan to get shovels in the ground by 2025, or else the land will be returned to Greenbelt.

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Law Society of Ontario

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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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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Legislative and Policy Update - June 19 - June 23

  • June 23, 2023

The Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund says they’ve reached a proposed $10 billion settlement with the governments of Ontario and Canada over unpaid annuities for using their land. To learn more about this historic settlement, read more here.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - June 12 - June 16

  • June 16, 2023

The Hon. Russell Brown decided to take early retirement from the Supreme Court of Canada following a misconduct claim made against him in January. You can read about it here. Only two weeks left until Toronto chooses a new Mayor on Monday June 26. Remember to get out and vote for one of the 102 candidates. If you are interested, the latest poll numbers are here, although they seem to be changing daily as we get closer to E-Day.

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Legislative and Policy Update - June 5 - June 9

  • June 09, 2023

Mark your calendars for Pride Month! Please join the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association and its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) for our annual Pride Month program, Queer Perspectives on Professional Challenges and Mental Health, on June 13, 2023. The program will feature a panel of distinguished 2SLGBTQI+ practitioners. You can register of the event here.

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Legislative and Policy Update - May 29 – June 2

  • June 01, 2023

Mark your calendars for Pride Month! Please join the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association and its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) for our annual Pride Month program, Queer Perspectives on Professional Challenges and Mental Health, on June 13, 2023. The program will feature a panel of distinguished 2SLGBTQI+ practitioners. You can register for the event here.

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Legislative and Policy Update- May 22-May 26

  • May 26, 2023

Mark your calendars for Pride Month! Please join the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association and its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) for our annual Pride Month program, Queer Perspectives on Professional Challenges and Mental Health, on June 13, 2023. The program will feature a panel of distinguished 2SLGBTQI+ practitioners. You can register of the event here.

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Legislative and Policy Update - May 15 - May 19

  • May 19, 2023

Hazel McCallions legacy lives on: The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the hon. Steve Clark introduced Bill 112, the Hazel McCallion Act which would dissolve the Municipality of Peel. Mayor’s Crombie and Brown are already arguing about which city owes money to the other.

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Other

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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Other

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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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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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE -November 14 -18

  • November 18, 2022

On November 14, 2022, Bill 35, Keeping Students in Class Repeal Act, 2022 received royal assent and Bill 28, Keeping Students in Call Act, 2022 was repealed. Toronto Star reports that the Ontario government rescinded Bill 28 after a national outcry over the legislation that invoked s.33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the “notwithstanding clause”, to force a four-year contract on CUPE while pre-emptively banning a strike.

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Legislative and Policy Update - October 31 - November 4

  • November 04, 2022

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce introduced Bill 28, the Keeping Students in Call Act, 2022, on Monday, October 31, 2022, the day after the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 55,000 supports workers such as custodians, administrative staff and educational support workers, gave its five-day strike notice.

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Legislative and Policy Update - October 25 to October 28

  • October 28, 2022

Marion Boyd, Ontario’s first woman attorney general passed way at the age of 76 on October 11, 2022. Marion Boyd was elected as a New Democrat MPP in London in 1990. She was promoted to attorney general of Ontario in 1993, becoming the first woman and non-lawyer to hold the position.

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Provincial Budget Highlights 2022

  • May 02, 2022

Today the government tabled Ontario’s Plan to Build, the 2022 provincial budget. It outlines five “pillars”, which takes a different path after two years of pandemic spending and management. This budget proposes significant investment in healthcare, education and critical infrastructure.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of April 25-28

  • May 02, 2022

The Legislature only sat for one day during the week of April 25-28, 2022 and has now adjourned. The 42nd Parliamentary Session will end on May 4, 2022

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The Legislative & Regulatory Update for the week of April 18-22

  • April 22, 2022

The Legislature did not sit the week of April 18 – 22, 2022 Therefore no change in bill status from the previous week

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of April 11-14

  • April 14, 2022

Here is what happened in the Ontario Legislature the week of April 11 – 14, 2022

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of April 4-7

  • April 08, 2022

Here’s what happened April 4 – 7, 2022 in the Ontario Legislature

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 24–31

  • April 01, 2022

Here is what happened this week in the Ontario Legislature.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 28

  • March 28, 2022

Here’s what you need to know about what is happening at the Ontario Legislature this week.

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Law Society of Ontario

OBA Submission to the Law Society of Ontario re: Mandatory Minimum Compensation for Experiential Training for Lawyer Licensing Candidates

  • March 15, 2022

The OBA provided this submission to the Law Society of Ontario regarding mandatory minimum compensation for experiential training for lawyer licensing candidates

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 4

  • March 04, 2022

This week in the Legislature the government made a number of COVID-19 related announcements including funding for mental health supports for first responders, and lifting capacity restrictions related to COVID-19.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of February 22

  • February 25, 2022

The Legislature returned this week, after rising on December 9, 2021, for the winter break. Announcements related to COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government, including a review of COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care workers, and examination of ending vaccination policies for workplaces. In other news, the province ended its state of emergency, and the Premier directed the LCBO to stop selling Russian products.

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Provincial Government

OBA Pre-Budget Consultation Letter

  • February 10, 2022

The OBA has sent a letter to the Minister of Finance in response to the province’s pre-budget consultation.

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Law Society of Ontario

OBA Submission to the Law Society of Ontario re: Continuing Competence Framework

  • January 30, 2022

The OBA provided this submission to the Law Society of Ontario regarding the renewal of their Continuing Competence Framework

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of December 6

  • December 10, 2021

The Legislature rose on Thursday this week, for the winter break.  It is scheduled to resume on February 22, 2022. Plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government with announcements including, expansion of booster shots to all eligible Ontario adults beginning January 4 and investments in long-term care beds. In other news, the province announced funding for infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 29 2021

  • December 02, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government with announcements including, expansion of booster shots to those 50 and over, and investments in the hospital sector. In other news, and of interest to criminal lawyers and prosecutors, the Solicitor General announced expansion of the use of eIntake to Toronto courthouses and the Auditor General released her Annual Report.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 22 2021

  • November 29, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government with announcements including, vaccination availability for children between 5-11 years old, and a new nursing degree at York University. In other news, the Auditor General released the Annual Report on Environment Audits and funding was announced for new schools and child-care spaces. On the legislative front, there was no new government legislation introduced this week.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 15 2021

  • November 22, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing the ability for pharmacies to provide COVID-19 testing for symptomatic people and providing students with take-home rapid testing kits over the holidays.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 5, 2021

  • November 05, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the main focus of government. On Thursday, the Finance Minister, released the Fall Economic Statement (“FES”), which outlines the province’s economic plan in three areas; protecting Ontario’s progress against COVID-19, building Ontario and working for workers.

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of November 1 2021

  • November 05, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the main focus of government.

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of October 25, 2021

  • October 29, 2021

This week in the Legislature, plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government announcements including; access to ‘take home’ COVID-19 tests for children in public schools, and the province’s preparation to roll out vaccines to children aged 5-11 once vaccines are approved by Health Canada.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 31 2021

  • June 05, 2021

This week in the Legislature the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the stay-at-home order being lifted and the government announcing schools will not re-open in June for in person learning.  In other news, the government announced an investment in mental health services for children and youth.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 24 2021

  • May 28, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week.  The government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government publicly musing over reopening schools in certain regions as of May 31 and facing criticism for lack of a coherent plan. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 10 2021

  • May 14, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing an extended stay-at-home order for the province and cancelling the use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine as the first vaccine shot for individuals. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 3 2021

  • May 07, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing the creation of mobile vaccine units for small and medium sized businesses in provincial hot spots.  With daily COVID-19 cases ranging between 2800 to 3400, the government continued to announce funding for COVID-19 priorities including funding for seniors struggling with COVID-19 related cognitive impairments. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of April 5 2021

  • April 09, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week.  The government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government announcements this past week including the Premier’s decision to once again enact a provincial emergency and stay-at-home order.  The government announced funding this week for a manufacturing plant that produces disinfectants to help against the spread of COVID-19 and the Toronto school boards switched to remote learning. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 29 2021

  • April 01, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing a provincewide ‘emergency brake’ today, restricting in person activities.  The government announced funding this week for four hours of free legal advice for survivors of sexual assault commencing May 1, and $200M to support small business in Ontario’s tourism and hospitality industry impacted by the pandemic. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 22 2021

  • March 26, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government released the 2021-2022 budget.  The province’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and government announcements, including announcements that restaurant staff would be added to the essential workers list for the purposes of earlier access to vaccines and funding for transportation to help seniors and people with disabilities reach vaccine centres. 

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Legislative and Policy Update -Week of March 15 2021

  • March 19, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. The government made a number of announcements to address ongoing concerns and impacts of COVID-19 including the launch of the online booking system for vaccine appointments for those over 80, investments in recruiting and training staff for long-term care homes and investments in new long-term care projects. 

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OBA Submission on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedules 8 & 9

  • March 12, 2021

The OBA provided a submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedules 8 & 9).

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 8 2021

  • March 12, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaration of COVID-19 as a Global Pandemic.  The province’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and government announcements, including announcement that all Ontario residents will receive their first vaccination shot by June 20, investments in youth mental health and homelessness shelters.

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OBA Submission on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedule 3)

  • March 11, 2021

The OBA provided a submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedule 3).

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 1 2021

  • March 05, 2021

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 including, a technical briefing on March 5, 2021 of vaccine roll outs. Notably, courts and justice system workers and youth justice workers will be included at the end of Phase 2.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of February 22

  • February 26, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be front and centre including an announcement of free tuition for 6000 new Personal Support Workers, and the announcement that Ontario will launch its online portal for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments on March 15. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of February 15 2021

  • February 19, 2021

The Legislative Assembly resumed sitting this week, after rising in early December, with a continued focus on the province’s COVID-19 response.  The government announced expansion of its Main Street Relief Grant and an investment in a new COVID-19 contract tracing device for workplaces.  On the legislative front, the government introduced Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 an omnibus bill comprised of 11 schedules.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of December 18

  • December 18, 2020

The 42nd Parliament of Ontario, which began its Fall Sitting on September 14 rose on December 8, 2020, concluding a Fall Session which saw 26 government Bills passed with the primary focus remaining on curbing the continued spread and impact of COVID-19.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of Week of November 30 2020

  • December 04, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on curbing the continued spread and impact of COVID-19. The government announced the creation of a Support for Learners program to provide additional financial support to parents and an investment in the tourism industry to support its ‘long-term sustainability’.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 23 2020

  • November 27, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on curbing the continued spread of COVID-19 as Toronto and the Region of Peel were placed in a 28-day lockdown. The government announced holiday celebrations should only take place with family members and also announced the release of new technology allowing for COVID-19 rapid tests. The Auditor General released a special report this week criticizing the government for its handling of the pandemic.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 16 2020 

  • November 20, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on the continued spread of COVID-19 as it made plans for further restrictions in the hardest hit areas in the lead up to the holiday season.  The government announced the creation of a new agency to centralize government procurement of supplies and equipment to help during the pandemic and announced an investment in justice system mental health services. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 9, 2020

  • November 13, 2020

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. The government made a number of announcements this week to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 including funding for building and renovating long-term care homes and more COVID-19 tests in the Peel Region. 

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Legislative and Policy Update Week of November 2

  • November 06, 2020

This week in the legislature the government released the province’s 2020 Budget and continued to be focused on COVID-19 related issues.  The government announced a new framework for monitoring and responding to the pandemic and faced criticism regarding a supply shortage of flu shots.

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Provincial Budget Highlights 2020

  • November 05, 2020

The 2020 Ontario Budget was released on November 5 at Queen's Park.  The Budget, originally scheduled for release in March, was postponed as the government focused its efforts on emergency management during the pandemic. 

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Legislative and Policy Update Week of October 26 2020

  • October 30, 2020

This week in the legislature the government continued to be focused on COVID-19 related issues including funding in health care, education and housing supports.  The government faced scrutiny for proposing arts and science degree granting powers for the Canada Christian College under a COVID-19 omnibus bill. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of October 19, 2020

  • October 23, 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 including, funding for mental health supports for children and youth and advising against ‘trick-or-treating’ on Hallowe’en.  

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Legislative and Policy Update- Week of October 12, 2020 

  • October 16, 2020

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. Of interest to family lawyers, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy held public hearings on Bill 207, Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020, at which the OBA appeared.  The government made a number of announcements this week to address ongoing concerns and impacts of COVID-19. 

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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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Other

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, Legal Aid Ontario

OBA Submission Regarding the Legal Aid Ontario Modernization Project

  • October 31, 2019

The Ministry of the Attorney General, in partnership with Legal Aid Ontario is currently engaged in the Legal Aid Ontario Modernization Project (“Project”). The mandate of the Project is to develop and implement reform proposals and legislative amendments that will contribute to moving the legal aid system towards sustainability and modernized service delivery to better meet the needs of low-income Ontarians through governance and service delivery improvements.

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Other

Response to the Law Society of Ontario's Access to Justice Approach: Call for Comment

  • May 31, 2019

This submission is in response to the Law Society of Ontario's Access to Justice Committee's "Review of the Law Society's Access to Justice Approach: Call for Comment"

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Law Society of Ontario

Comments on the LSO's Options for Lawyer Licensing

  • October 31, 2018

The OBA has responded to the LSO's Dialogue on Licensing (2018) consultation paper. The submission was prepared by the OBA Special Committee on Licensing with the input of the OBA Provincial Council.

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Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Ontario Governance Task Force Call for Comment: Options for Enhanced Governance

  • October 19, 2018

The OBA responds to the LSO's consultation on Governance, relating to the size and composition of Convocation, other considerations that will to enhance governance effectiveness, as well as the terms, term limits and terminology proposed.

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Provincial Government

OBA Pre-Budget Consultation Letter

  • February 07, 2018

The OBA provides a submission to the Minister of Finance regarding pre-budget consultations with individuals and organizations throughout the province.

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Law Society of Ontario

President's Letter re Statement of Principles

  • November 24, 2017

The OBA wrote to the Law Society to reiterate the OBA’s unequivocal support for the CFRL Report and to identify failures to date in the implementation of the requirement for a Statement of Principles

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Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Upper Canada Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Final Report

  • November 21, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on issues raised in the Law Society of Upper Canada (“Law Society”) Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group (“Working Group”) Final Report “Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions” (the “Final Report”).

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Law Society of Ontario

Consultation on the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing Report

  • October 21, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Development and Competence Committee report to convocation dated September 22, 2016 addressing the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing.

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Law Society of Ontario

Compliance-Based Entity Regulation LSUC Task Force Consultation

  • March 31, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) is pleased to provide this submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada Task Force on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation in response to its Consultation Paper: “Promoting Better Legal Practices” (“the Consultation Paper”).

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Provincial Government

Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal by-laws in Ontario

  • May 05, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (the “OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s consultation paper “Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal by-laws in Ontario” (“the Consultation Paper”).

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Law Society of Ontario

Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario

  • January 30, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) is pleased to provide this update on our consideration of the issues raised by the Law Society of Upper Canada in “Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario: A Discussion Paper” (the “Discussion Paper”)

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The Future of Articling

  • November 12, 2012

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) has been actively consulting with, surveying, and listening to the profession on this important issue since 2008.

Young Lawyers' Division

Bill 34, Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, 2012

  • April 19, 2012

The Ontario Bar Association (the “OBA”) appreciates the invitation from the Standing Committee on Justice Policy to address Bill 34, Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, 2012 (the “Bill 34” or the “Bill”).

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Ontario Human Rights Review 2011-2012

  • March 05, 2012

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Ontario Human Rights Review 2011-12 (the “Review”).

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Five-Year Review of Paralegal Regulation

  • January 31, 2012

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to assist the Law Society of Upper Canada (the “Law Society”) with the five-year review of its paralegal regulation.

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