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The Canadian Bar Association

Mariane Gravelle

Access to justice

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

By Mariane Gravelle May 9, 2017 9 May 2017

Newfoundland’s new small claims legal aid clinic

 

Even getting through small claims can be a nightmare for litigants who represent themselves. Thankfully there is help in St. John’s.  The Newfoundland and Labrador Small Claims Legal Assistance Clinic. This clinic is born of a partnership between the CBA Newfoundland & Labrador branch and the Public Legal Information Network of NL (PLIAN) and is helmed by Joe J. Thorne (CBA-NL Pro Bono Chair), Ashley Woodford (Executive Director of the CBA-NL branch), and Kevin O’Shea (Executive Director of PLIAN).

The clinic, which also includes ties to the provincial court and the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society, was set up to fill an existing gap in the institutional pro bono sector of the profession. Says Joe J. Thorne, “$25000 [the maximum claim amount allowed in small claims court] is a lot of money for people, but maybe not enough to retain a lawyer.” Clinic officials hope their services will help those clients who would benefit from legal advice but may not be in a position to pay for them.

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Corporate counsel

Strategic thinking for in-house counsel

By Mariane Gravelle April 19, 2017 19 April 2017

Strategic thinking for in-house counsel

 

From law school to professional development, there’s no shortage of ways to teach a lawyer about the practice of law. And as the profession changes, there’s always new skills to learn. Today, the ability to think and work strategically is increasingly important – and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association has created a program to deliver that training to the profession.

The CCCA’s Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel (BLPIHC), taught in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management faculty covers useful skills such as communication within organizations, corporate and organizational dynamics and management and leadership.

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CBA Submission

Suzanne Morin on the enforcement of meaningful consent under PIPEDA

By Mariane Gravelle April 10, 2017 10 April 2017

Suzanne Morin on the enforcement of meaningful consent under PIPEDA


Last month, the CBA made a submission commenting on the parliamentary review of PIPEDA. Suzanne Morin, the Vice-Chair of the CBA National Privacy and Access Section, represented the CBA.

CBA National: Broadly, what is the CBA’s position on this issue?

Suzanne Morin: The CBA Sections have made numerous submissions on PIPEDA since its enactment in 2001 and continue to support the existing consent and ombudsperson models in PIPEDA in the absence of a compelling need for legislative change. Within these existing models, however, a handful of targeted amendments are needed: first to the concept of publicly available information to ensure our PIPEDA framework remains technology neutral, and second to allow the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to issue non-binding advance opinions.

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Tolérance Zéro

Harcèlement sexuel en milieu de travail : Entrevue avec Marie Dussault

By Mariane Gravelle March 13, 2017 13 March 2017

Harcèlement sexuel en milieu de travail : Entrevue avec Marie Dussault


Le 8 mars 2017, coïncidant avec la Journée internationale de la femme, l’ABC a présenté son nouveau balado « Tolérance Zéro » sur l’agression sexuelle et le harcèlement sexuel. Celui-ci est présenté par le Forum des avocates de l’ABC en collaboration avec de nombreuses sections nationales de l’ABC et avec l’ACCJE. Ce balado s’inspire de la récente campagne #Jedénonce – au cœur de laquelle on a encouragé les gens à soumettre, de façon anonyme, leurs expériences par rapport au harcèlement sexuel et aux agressions sexuelles en milieu de travail – et s’efforce de poursuivre le débat sur cette question importante et d’examiner le rôle que peuvent jouer les avocats, les clients et la communauté en vue de résoudre ce problème.

Marie Dussault – conférencière participant au balado – est présidente d’Inform’Elles, une association francophone en Colombie-Britannique qui a pour but d’offrir des services d’information, de sensibilisation et de soutien en français au sujet de la violence faite aux femmes et aux jeunes filles.

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Not Just a Bystander

Q&A: Tracy Porteous on addressing workplace sexual harassment

By Mariane Gravelle February 23, 2017 23 February 2017

Q&A: Tracy Porteous on addressing workplace sexual harassment

 

As part of a weekly series leading up to the release of the Not Just a Bystander” Podcast, presented by the CBA National Women Lawyers Forum on addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, we interviewed Tracy Porteous, the executive director of the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia and co-chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada. Tracy has been involved in developing programs and policy that respond to violence against women for 35 years; one example being the More Than A Bystander Program.

CBA National: In your experience, how is the issue of violence against women being handled now compared to when you became involved in that line of work 35 years ago? Have you seen positive change?

Tracy Porteous: For over 40 years, women’s anti-violence advocates across the globe have been raising awareness on issues related to violence against women to whoever would listen. There is much we can be proud of - many social policy advances have occurred over many decades. Great thanks are owed to thousands of feminists, the United Nations, many levels of government, First Nations women and labour groups who have concerned themselves with the all too stark, often lethal, epidemic of violence against women.

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