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FOLA – Legal Aid Services Review Submission

Posted By Administration, September 16, 2019
The Attorney General and Legal Aid Ontario are currently reviewing the Legal Aid Services Act and are in the midst of their Legal Aid Modernization Project. FOLA has attended meetings with the AG and the Chair of Legal Aid Ontario and meets regularly with the Alliance for Sustainable Legal Aid (ASLA). In addition to those meetings, FOLA has prepared the attached submission to the aforementioned and submitted on September 10, 2019.

This submission is now up on the FOLA website and more information on the Legal Aid Services Act Review and the Modernization Project can be found here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Katie Robinette at or myself at

Terry Brandon
FOLA Legal Aid Chair

 Attached Files:

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David W. Scott Centre for Justice

Posted By Administration, September 12, 2019

Pro Bono Ontario is hosting a reception honouring David Scott’s legacy and his impact on access to justice in Ontario. During the reception we will be officially renaming the Ottawa Law Help centre in David’s memory. We are grateful that David’s family will be in attendance. We hope you too will be able to join us.

Date: Friday November 1, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: 161 Elgin Street in the Atrium
Guest Speakers: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
                               Jeffrey S. Leon

Please RSVP by emailing no later than Friday October 25, 2019.

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2019/2020 Tremblant Ticket Sale for Rotary Children's Foundation

Posted By Administration, September 12, 2019

SkiMax Tickets 2019/2020

The Ottawa Rotary Club Children's Foundation is once against selling SkiMax tickets for Mt. Tremblant.

First sale period ends October 24, 2019 and the ticket price is $71.75
Second sale period ends December 5, 2019 and the ticket price is $75.50

At this time, we also ask that you consider a tax-deductible gift to the Ottawa Rotary Club Children's Foundation. If you would like to make a donation please specify how many tickets you are ordering and how much extra you have added that you would like to be given as a donation. Tickets are valid every day of the 2019-2020 season and until December 11, 2020.

NO LINE UPS: These tickets give direct access to the chair lifts. No more waiting in line at the ticket office!

Please forward cheques payable to the "Ottawa Rotary Club Children's Foundation" to the attention of:

Sophie Taillefer/Robin Ritchie, Q.C.
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
1400-340 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 0A5

We also accept e-transfers! Contact Sophie Taillefer at for e-transfer instructions.

Please note an email requesting tickets is not sufficient to process your request. Your tickets will be ordered only after receipt of payment. Make sure amount of cheque is correct.

Robin A. Ritchie, Q.C.
Voice mail: (613) 566-2811
or Email:
or Sophie Taillefer (613) 238-2022

Thanks again for your support.
The Ottawa Rotary Club Children's Foundation

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Bell Baker LLP Announcement

Posted By Administration, September 12, 2019

is pleased to announce that
W. John Rick and Alexis Hebert have joined our firm

John joined Bell Baker earlier in 2019. He has been practicing real estate law for over 32 years with a particular emphasis on commercial real estate/land development & commercial leasing. John’s experience extends to all aspects of real estate including environmental law, estate and specialty conveyancing and financing. John has been recognized by the Law Society of Ontario with the designation of Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law.

Alexis Hébert is a bilingual lawyer who received his LL.L. in 2006 and his LL.B. in 2007 from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. He will continue his legal practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, financing and development.

We are proud to have them join our team.

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Ottawa Wine Auction!

Posted By Administration, September 10, 2019

Vintage and fine wines at the best prices you can find!

Join us at the Ottawa Wine Auction on Sept 27 for your chance to purchase rare and exquisite bottles of mature wine!

*Use coupon code CCLA for 30% off entrance tickets PLUS a $35 credit towards wine purchases!*

Deal expires on Sept 26 at 5pm.

Free wine and cheese for guests.

Sept 27 at Ottawa City Hall

Don't miss out!

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Shelter Movers Ottawa Inaugural Gala - September 25

Posted By Administration, September 5, 2019




Shelter Movers Ottawa has moved over 250 women and children fleeing abusive homes since its inception in October, 2017. This is having a significant, local impact.

In 2018, a woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days in Canada, most often by an intimate partner or family member. Women tend to return to the abusive home approximately 6 times. It is the children living in these homes who, themselves, often become abusers when they become adults.

It costs approximately $200 to move a family. $200 is also the cost of a ticket to the Gala (a $100 tax receipt is given!)

The Gala includes a three course meal, live entertainment, access to fabulous silent auction items and a great networking opportunity.

Table Sponsors are acknowledged in print, on social media, and from the podium the night of the event. Event Sponsorship is available as well!

Toronto has held Galas since 2016. See

The Gala is a critical fundraising event for this important case.

Get your tickets at

Please include this event in your charitable giving and social calendar

Together, let’s disrupt the cycle of domestic violence in Ottawa!

Meghan Hull Jacquin

Partner at Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP (but raised in Ottawa!)

Wife of Founder and Executive Director, Marc Hull Jacquin

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Law Build Fundraiser

Posted By Administration, September 4, 2019

Get out your dancing shoes and save the date because

Habitat for Humanity Law Build campaign is hosting another



NOVEMBER 21, 2019

All funds will support the construction of one of the Habitat homes being built at the Leacross Landing development in Orleans.


Lawyers, Judges, Paralegals, Students, Colleagues, Friends and family are all welcome.

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LAO Restores Immigration and Refugee Services for the Remainder of the Year

Posted By Administration, August 30, 2019

Cross-Posted from FOLA:

Further to the federal government’s August 12, 2019 announcement of $25.7 million in one-time funding for immigration and refugee services, Legal Aid Ontario has announced today that it is restoring services in these areas for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Effective immediately, legal aid coverage for immigration and refugee services will resume at levels offered prior to April 15, 2019, when certain services were suspended. LAO will begin issuing certificates to lawyers on this date.

For Refugee Protection Division matters, while coverage remains the same, the way LAO authorizes it has changed for an interim period. LAO will now issue a Basis of Claim-alone certificate and a second nine-hour certificate for the RPD hearing. Clients who received a BOC preparation-only certificate between April 15, 2019 and August 16, 2019, will also be eligible for a hearing certificate.

This is very good news and allows LAO to restore immigration and refugee services for the remainder of the year, while they continue to advocate for stable funding.

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Ontario Protecting Access to Affordable Legal Representation

Posted By Administration, August 30, 2019

Cross-Posted from the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario

New Program to Allow Law Students, Lawyer Licensing Candidates and Paralegals to Continue to Appear in Court

TORONTO — The Ontario government is proactively working with the Law Society of Ontario to establish a program that will ensure the federal government's Bill C-75 does not restrict paralegals, lawyer licensing candidates or law students from providing legal representation to people charged with summary conviction offences.

The government has responded to the concerns expressed by Ontario's legal community that federal changes to aspects of the Criminal Code in Bill C-75 could restrict access to affordable legal representation provided by paralegals, lawyer licensing candidates (including articling students) and law students, all of whom are agents regulated by the Law Society of Ontario. This could limit opportunities for law students and lawyer licensing candidates to gain valuable professional experience, as they currently do.

“The stated intentions of Bill C-75 are to keep Canadians safe, and not to inadvertently prevent paralegals, lawyer licensing candidates and law students from continuing to provide legal representation as they do now,” said Minister Downey. “We are working closely with the Law Society of Ontario to proactively address this situation in Ontario while ensuring these legal representation options remain accountable and subject to the current standards.”

The Ontario government has issued an order-in-council to designate authority to the Law Society to determine who has the ability to appear in summary conviction court as a regulated agent.

“We are very pleased with the Ontario government's response on this issue,” said Malcolm Mercer, Treasurer of the Law Society. “Convocation will consider a motion to preserve the abilities of these regulated agents to appear in summary conviction court, before Bill C-75 comes into force.”


• The federal Bill C-75 increased the maximum penalty for some summary conviction offences up to two years less a day.
• Currently, paralegals, lawyer licensing candidates and law students can provide legal services on summary conviction offences that carry penalties of a maximum of six months in jail or less.
• Summary conviction offences are criminal offences that carry lower maximum penalties. These matters are heard in the Ontario Court of Justice.

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FOLA Update on Ministry of Finance Auto Insurance Consultations

Posted By Administration, August 30, 2019
FOLA heard from the Ministry of Finance that they have now opened consultations in advance of issuing legislative reforms regarding auto insurance in Ontario.

At present, they are seeking input on two key reforms of their “Driver Care Plan”:
• The Care, Not Cash default; and
• The return to the $2M catastrophic impairment default benefit limit.

For background information on both Care, Not Cash and the return to the $2M catastrophic coverage, please visit our website. FOLA does intend to make a submission to the government. We would be pleased to receive any submissions from any of our member associations.

If you are interested in preparing your own submission, please note that the Ministry’s deadline to do so is September 17th, 2019.

Here’s the link for more info:

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FOLA – Legal Aid Update

Posted By Administration, August 30, 2019

FOLA participated in a series of important meetings with both the Attorney General and the Chair of Legal Aid Ontario. Attached below is FOLA’s report on those meetings by Terry Brandon, Chair, FOLA’s Legal Aid Committee and some accompanying documents.

 Attached Files:

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Red Mass - Messe Rouge

Posted By Administration, August 28, 2019
Red Mass

The Red Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th at the Notre-Dame Cathedral and will be presided by Msgr. Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa. The Red Mass marks the opening of the fall session of the law courts and is sponsored by the Saint Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Ottawa. This Mass will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the important role we play in our legal profession in seeking justice and fairness for our community at large. All judges and lawyers are invited to attend. Lawyers are also invited to gown for the procession and to confirm their attendance by sending a message to Mr. Jean Rhéaume at

Please join us for refreshments after the Mass.

Messe Rouge

La Messe Rouge sera célébrée à 17h, le jeudi 19 septembre, à la Cathédrale Notre-Dame et sera présidée par Mgr Terrence Prendergast, archevêque d'Ottawa. Grâce à l'initiative de la Société juridique Saint-Thomas More d'Ottawa, la Messe Rouge souligne la rentrée judiciaire pour la session d'automne. Cette célébration eucharistique se veut un moment de réelle réflexion sur le rôle important de la profession juridique dans la recherche de la justice et de l'équité au sein de notre communauté. Tous les juges et juristes sont invités à assister. Les juristes sont aussi invités à porter leur toge pour la procession, et à confirmer leur présence en communiquant avec M. Jean Rhéaume à l'adresse courriel suivante:

Veuillez nous rejoindre pour des rafraîchissements suivant la messe.

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Amity Visit to Canada 2019

Posted By Administration, August 27, 2019
Please click here to read the poster regarding Middle Temple Amity Visit to Canada 2019 that may be of interest to our legal community.

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Villa Marconi to honour Domenic Crolla

Posted By Administration, August 23, 2019
Villa Marconi is a long term care centre which looks after the needs of the local Italian community. Every year we honour someone who has contributed to the well being and prosperity of the Italian community. On October 23rd, 2019, we will honour our friend Domenic Crolla of Gowling WLG, at the annual Raising The Roof Gala. Some of the past recipients of this honour have been the Honourable Mme. Justice Giovanna Roccamo Toscano, Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci, Dr. Wilbert Keon and Lorne Kelly to name only a few. For tickets to the event please contact Pat Santini at 613-238-6321 or at

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New Deputy Judges Appointed

Posted By Administration, August 23, 2019

On August 14th Jennifer Arrigo, Samantha Iturregui and Kevin Nearing were sworn in as Deputy Judges of the Small Claims Court by Madam Justice Heather Williams. They were appointed by the Attorney-General of Ontario.

Jennifer Arrigo is Senior Legal Counsel at Intact Insurance. Samantha Iturregui is a Partner at Kelly Santini and Kevin Nearing is a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais.

All three of our new appointments are experienced counsel who possess the energy and skills needed for our busy Court.

Our Ottawa contingent has now returned to its normal complement of 17 Deputy Judges.

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Mann Lawyers Grows its Professional Team

Posted By Administration, August 23, 2019
Mann Lawyers Grows its Professional Team

We are proud to announce that the following lawyers have joined our firm:

Katie Broschuk and Mark Fortier-Brynaert. Both Katie and Mark articled with us. Katie will be practicing in commercial litigation as well as helping out in employment and family, as needed. Mark will expand our services in wills and estates, corporate and real estate.

In addition, we have hired Stephanie Simard for our Perth office. Stephanie will continue carrying out her practice focusing on real estate and family and will work primarily out of the Perth office.

Our Director of Practice Management, K. Scott McLean, looks forward to working with Katie, Mark and Stephanie in addition to carrying on his corporate and commercial litigation practice with us.

We are always looking for lawyers who want to join our team. Please contact Sandra MacLeod at if you are interested.

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Francis Mehr LLP Announcement

Posted By Administration, August 22, 2019

The Lawyers of FRANCIS MEHR LLP are delighted to announce that

Baljinder K. Basi has been called to the
Bar of Ontario and has joined them in the practice of law

Paul Francis
Marie Francis
Farhad Mehr
Kateri Caron-Seguin
Baljinder Kaur Basi

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Swearing-In Ceremony for Justice Wendy Malcolm and Justice Nicole Tellier

Posted By Administration, August 20, 2019

The Honourable George Czutrin
Senior Family Judge


The Honourable James E. McNamara
Regional Senior Justice

Superior Court of Justice

cordially invite you to attend
the ceremony for the administration of the
Oath of Office as a judge of the
Superior Court of Justice


The Honourable Justice Wendy Malcolm


The Honourable Justice Nicole Tellier

on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
at four in the afternoon

to be held at
The Belleville Courthouse
Courtroom no. 102
15 Bridge Street
Belleville, ON

Reception to follow

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Swearing-In Ceremony for Justice Fraser

Posted By Administration, August 16, 2019

The Honourable George Czutrin
Senior Family Judge


The Honourable James E. McNamara
Regional Senior Justice

Superior Court of Justice

cordially invite you to attend
the ceremony for the administration of the
Affirmation of Office as a Justice of the
Superior Court of Justice


The Honourable Mary Fraser

on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
at four in the afternoon

to be held at
Pembroke Courthouse
Courtroom no. 1
297 Pembroke Street East,
Pembroke, ON

Reception to follow.

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Johnston Family Law Welcomes Associate Lawyer Kristie Smith and Articling Student Jordan Seward

Posted By Administration, August 9, 2019
Johnston Family Law is pleased to welcome Kristie Smith and Jordan Seward to our team.

Kristie represents clients in all areas of family law, including parenting, child support, spousal support and property issues, and in child protection matters. Prior to joining Johnston Family Law, Kristie completed her articles as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice and then practiced at a boutique family and child protection firm in Ottawa. Kristie received her law degree from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She also holds a B.Sc. from McGill University.

Jordan recently graduated from the University of Ottawa’s English Common Law program and is now completing his articles at Johnston Family Law. During his time at law school, he completed two internships in family law and also worked at the university’s legal clinic in the family law division for one year. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Jordan also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Memorial University.

To view Kristie and Jordan’s full profiles, please visit our website.

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Call for Papers: Fourth Biennial Public Law Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 17-19 June 2020

Posted By Administration, July 25, 2019
Call for Papers

Fourth Biennial Public Law Conference

Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 17-19 June 2020

From 17 to 19 June 2020, the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa will hold the fourth biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Ottawa, the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. The Public Law series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first conferences in the series were held at Cambridge in 2014 and 2016, and the third in Melbourne in 2018. The 2020 conference will feature approximately 80 speakers, including leading judges and scholars drawn from across the common law world, to discuss the most important issues in public law today. The conference series is sponsored by Hart Publishing Ltd.

Please click here for more information.

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Buy your Tickets to the 39th Annual REACH Auction!

Posted By Administration, July 18, 2019
The Annual 39th REACH Auction, Tuesday October 29th, sustains Reach for months thanks to all our guests and supporters! Please help support Reach by purchasing a Corporate table (for 8) available at $1300 or early bird individual tickets at $115 (until September 15).

Register online at

Three course meal, live and silent auction items all in newly renovated St. Elias Convention Centre.

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CADRE - Capital ADR Experts

Posted By Administration, July 17, 2019
Updated: July 17, 2019

CADRE - Capital ADR Experts now accepting bookings for September 2019

The Honourable Giovanna Toscano Roccamo (Ret’d) and Lynn Parker B.A.,M.B.A., C.L.C.P. are proud to announce the opening of Capital ADR Experts. We combine over 35 years of legal practice and judicial experience with 35 years of knowledge of insurance, life care planning, and rehabilitation in a unique framework of dispute resolution tools best suited to resolve personal injury, medical negligence and insurance related claims.

Our focus is in leveraging our distinctly different skills sets and professional backgrounds in a manner that enhances the dispute resolution process. Please visit our website at for further information in relation to services and our availability commencing in September.

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