Gabrielle Giroday is the editor of Law Times. She is a journalist and former government spokeswoman who has won awards for her work in both media and public service. She has experience writing and communicating about legal and justice issues, foreign affairs, gender issues and economic analysis for publications across Canada. Gabrielle can be reached by email here.
Allow me to say hello. This is my first issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine. It’s a community I have had the pleasure of working with in my prior role as editor of Law Times, which focuses on the Ontario legal community.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada told hundreds of attendees at the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers conference that the entire legal profession needs to make a commitment to taking on pro bono work.
A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision focuses on a battle between a vocational college and the provincial government of Ontario, after the college alleged they were victims of an “excessively protracted regulatory compliance process imposed on them by the province,” and launched an action to claim damages.
A judge with the Superior Court of Justice has excoriated the provincial government over the state of conditions at the Brampton Courthouse, west of Toronto.
Justice Peter Daley, a regional senior judge with the central west region, says there are a host of problems that have resulted due to a lack of hearing rooms and office space at the courthouse, even after a memorandum of understanding was signed in 2008 with the government of the day.
Donations to help Pro Bono Ontario keep the doors open at three Law Help Centres in Toronto and Ottawa are building, along with pressure on government and the Law Society of Ontario to help with funding for the non-profit organization.
Ontario human rights lawyers are expressing concerns over the introduction of a bill that would stop those who are convicted of terrorist-related offences abroad from receiving provincial health coverage or holding a driver’s licence.