Category Legislation

Jury-Roll Issue Stalls Native Deaths Inquest – Again

A Coroner’s Inquest that was to begin this fall has again been delayed because of a lack of Native representation on the jury roll in the district. The inquest was called to examine the deaths of seven young aboriginal students. Over an 11-year period, the teenagers died after leaving their reserves in northern Ontario to […]

Tinkering With Surcharges

Paralegal and SCOPE contributor Baruch Lipinsky summarizes a recent Ontario Court of Justice decision that was overturned last week. Ontario Superior Court has quickly overturned a recent decision that found the mandatory victim surcharge unconstitutional. An Ontario Court Justice had held that a set victim surcharge that does not take into account an offender’s personal […]

Legal Word of the Day: “Judicial Review”

“Judicial Review” — A procedural oversight process, to determine whether a decision-maker exceeded its statutory mandate or breached principles of procedural fairness in reaching a decision. The Judicial Review court can issue orders for: mandamus, prohibition or certiorari. It can make declarations, or issue injunctions, or both. Judicial Reviews are not appeals. They allow a […]

Judicial Review of Coroner’s Ruling in Shooting Inquest

The family of a man shot by police has filed an application for Judicial Review of a coroner’s ruling, to Ontario Divisional Court. Last week, the Minty family’s lawyers asked that presiding coroner Dr. William Lucas’s pre-inquest ruling be quashed. The Application, pursuant to sections 4 and 6(2) of the Judicial Review Procedure Act, RSO […]

Illegal Electrical Work in Schools – Contractors Fined

A general contractor and a licensed electrical contractor have been convicted and fined for illegal electrical work done in several schools in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas. Mario Giroux, owner of Construction “G,” pleaded guilty April 3 in Ottawa’s Ontario Court of Justice to 13 counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s […]

Housing Co-ops – Eviction Changes Coming

In less than a month, legislative changes take effect that will dramatically alter the way housing co-operatives handle evicting their members. The legislation amends the Co-operative Corporations Act and Residential Tenancies Act, and could mean more work for paralegals. The biggest change: most co-op eviction disputes will move from the courts to the Landlord & […]

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