Join me: International Women’s Day celebration

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we’ve invited a number of academics and legal experts to the Law Society to discuss what impact immigration law reforms are having on women trying to move to Canada. Traditionally, this event has attracted a passionate crowd — many of whom have dedicated their lives to promoting the rights of women in Canada and beyond. We co-host this yearly event as an…

Legal aid is vital to access to justice

As many of you know, I have dedicated a lot of my time, energy and outreach activities during my term as Treasurer to issues of access to justice. This builds on a steadfast Law Society commitment to raising the issues of legal aid funding with government for the past two decades. Today, I wanted to share with you the priorities the Law Society advanced in the recent pre-budget consultations hosted…

Update on Access to Justice

Last week, I joined about 100 other access to justice champions and leaders from across the country at a colloquium to discuss the recommendations contained in the final report of the National Action Committee (NAC) on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. We brought with us a breadth of perspectives: professional, public, private and regional. We talked about concrete steps to take in our respective jurisdictions to implement the…

ICC judge at Black History event

A renowned jurist from the International Criminal Court will visit the Law Society next week to share insights gleaned from his decades-long legal career defending human rights. Judge Eboe-Osuji will be the keynote speaker at our Black History Month celebration. I hope you’ll consider joining me on Feb. 6 to listen to and engage with a man who has helped prosecute warlords, advised the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and…

The Macdonald Project: celebrating history

Next year will mark the 200th birthday of a nation builder — Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Various celebrations are planned throughout the country to commemorate and celebrate the life of this famed father of Confederation, including The Macdonald Project. For the first phase of this unique project, Canada’s foremost bronze portrait artist, Ruth Abernethy, has created 12 bronze busts of Macdonald. These busts will be followed by a larger-than-life…

In memoriam: Sydney L. Robins, O. Ont, QC, 1923 – 2014

The Honourable Sydney Lewis Robins, O.Ont., QC, LSM, LLD, LLM, LLB, BA, passed away on Friday, January 10, at the age of 90. The loss fills me with a great sadness — he was a well-respected bencher and Treasurer, as well as an incredible human being. After being called to the Bar in 1947, he was elected bencher in 1961. At the time, he was the youngest bencher ever. A…

Fresh start with a little help

January traditionally marks a fresh beginning — a new year full of promise. But, as seasonal celebrations wind down and as post-holiday bills, work demands and other stresses begin to pile up, it can be a very challenging time of year for many. Add our punishing winter climate to the mix and the winter blahs can quickly turn into winter blues — making it difficult to cope with daily tasks,…