AMPs are Constitutional — More Paralegal News

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Scope regularly provides carefully curated links to news items that are particularly relevant for Ontario’s 7,000 licensed paralegals. This focused list includes articles from popular media as well as legal-services provider content, all of it useful for paralegals.

  • Supreme Court: Administrative monetary penalties, or AMPs, can climb into the millions, but that doesn’t make them criminal penalties; AMPs do not have to comply with Charter Rights
  • Paralegal regulation in the media spotlight – The president of the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals (AAPP) is taking part in a CTV news panel discussion about legal services in Alberta. Lorretta Klein will join a rep from the Alberta Law Society, and a law dean, to discuss making legal services more accessible to Albertans. The discussion includes whether paralegals in the province should be regulated, what an appropriate paralegal scope of practice would be, and what the risks are of having non-lawyers providing legal services. The segment will air on CTV Two in Alberta at 6 p.m. & 11 p.m. on Aug. 6 and again at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7. A link will be available at Alberta Primetime online
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission weighs in on the hot competing rights issue, with a survey of the case law
  • Former MPP gives up law licence after admitting to misconduct
  • Law professor calls for calls for greater representation of new licensees to increase diversity among LSUC benchers
  • Why we don’t know more about a public complaint about Toronto judge
  • How to survive self-represented litigants
  • File those LTB applications online! The most-common Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) applications can be filed online, anytime from anywhere. The Ministry of the Attorney General says its e-File tool is available for 80% of applications. This service also allows landlords and tenants to pay their fees online, and schedule the first available hearing date. Paper applications can still be mailed, faxed or dropped off at one of the eight LTB offices, or personally delivered to more than 60 ServiceOntario locations across the province.
  • Safety tile maker fined after worker loses foot in workplace incident
  • Woman sues former employer in U.S., alleging she was discriminated against for being Canadian
  • Ontario Ombudsman’s Annual Report includes stats and details about venues from paralegal practice areas, such as WSIAT, education, licensing and a range of tribunals
  • Tenants win against landlord who reduced services without compensation
  • Wasaga councillors call for crackdown on bylaw-busting short-term “sharing economy” accommodations
  • Criminal law: Colour of right defence calls for “air of reality” and an accused bears the onus. R. v. Simpson, 2015 SCC 40
  • Ireland has repealed almost 6,000 obsolete laws, some of them hundreds of years old
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