Legal Events & Resources – Fall 2013

Photo: Ontario Courts

Photo: Ontario Courts

Paralegals interested in reaching out to the larger community, gaining new insights and networking with related professions have many options for the fall and winter.

CanLII launch – Sept. 17, 2013

The new search interface officially launches Sept. 17, delivering improved functionality and greater control over search options and results. CanLII provides searchers with tools and options for efficient and effective research. It is Canada’s most-visited legal information resource.

September 20: Launch of report on forced marriage – South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) releases its report “Who/If/When to Marry: The Incidence of Forced Marriage in Ontario.”

This report makes it clear that forced marriage is an issue in Canada, that its impact can be devastating on the life of the forced-marriage victims, and that Canada has not done enough to protect victims of forced marriage to date.

Friday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; workshops 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Oakham House, Oak Lounge,
63 Gould Street, Toronto

Contact Space is limited. RSVP to: by Monday, Sept. 16.

September 23: HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario AGM

Everyone is welcome. Guest speaker Paul Lewin, Ontario Regional Director for NORML Canada, and a criminal lawyer with a focus on cannabis offences, will talk about reforming marijuana laws.

AGM starts at 7 p.m.

Place First Floor Meeting Room,
490 Sherbourne Street, Toronto

Phone 416-340-7790 or toll-free 1-888-705-8889

Opening of the Courts – LSUC, Sept. 24

Opening of the Courts takes place at Courtroom No. 6-1, Toronto Court House at 361 University Avenue, 3:30 p.m.

Join the Law Society to celebrate the accomplishments of our legal system. A Convocation Hall reception follows the Opening of the Courts ceremony. Guests should enter through the Law Society’s main entrance on the east side of Osgoode Hall.

Oct. 13 – International Plain Language Day
Vancouver has declared a Plain Language week, around an international conference. No word on whether events are planned in Toronto, but paralegals may want to celebrate in their own ways.

October 16: 11th Annual Justice Forum, Cobourg
Crimes of violence in Ontario, including domestic violence, are not always reported or plain to see. Panel members will discuss how to identify violence, and what legal options and services are available.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario Street, Cobourg

Contact: 905-373-4464 or
RSVP Northumberland Community Legal Centre, by Friday, October 11.

October 16: LEARN LAW Workshop – Disability Rights and Legal Issues, Napanee

This workshop[ is offered by LEARN LAW. It features presentations by clinic staff from the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre. Service providers and legal professionals will learn more about how to identify disability-related legal issues; effective referrals for legal information, advice and help; and how Legal Aid Ontario can help people with disabilities and/or people with mental health issues.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
CAS Building, 99 Advance Avenue, Napanee

Contact: Melissa MacRae at 613-966-8686 x61 or

Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc. – This Sarnia-Lambton organization has a “Consumer Protection Toolkit: Door-to-Door Home Renovations” resource. Paralegals may use and publish the resources that accompany the webinar, as long as they are not edited or altered.


  1. Tracey Gauley · ·

    The forced marriage issue is something I have never heard of (as an issue in Ontario). Interesting.

    1. No problem, Tracey! It is interesting how many legal words and terminology apply across various hearing types and practice areas. Today’s Word pops up in employment, WSIAT, criminal and various boards and tribunals. Cool!

      Of course, anyone with a great Word — ideally with case-law examples — should feel free to send it in for consideration:

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