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  • 'Smarter and stronger'? New law is really a cruel gutting of access to justice for the impoverished

    It appears that Ontario’s Attorney General, Doug Downey, is a quick learner. The old saying isn’t true, an old dog can learn new tricks.After a rocky summer where Downey took political heat for slashing legal aid funding and publicly musing about messing with Ontario’s judicial appointment process s … Read more »

  • The Ontario Auditor General’s damning report

    Last week the Auditor General of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, released her report on justice, the courts, and corrections. It was a damning indictment of a government whose only real justice action has been slashing legal aid funding and introducing the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, which seems to do … Read more »

  • Everyone loses as the effects of legal-aid cut hit Ottawa

    Last April, the Doug Ford government slashed funding to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) by $133 million. The 30-per-cent budget cut was immediate – there was no notice – and everyone knew the cruel cuts would send shockwaves through the justice system.And it seems those shockwaves of chaos and injustice hav … Read more »

  • Ontario’s judiciary doesn’t need fixing

    Ontario’s judicial appointments system is not broken, although Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s attorney general, Doug Downey, seems to be trying his best to destroy its credibility. Downey, you see, is attacking the current process because he thinks we should give him more latitude in appointing his pre … Read more »

  • Another minimum sentence bites the dust

    Another minimum sentence bites the dust. But this is nothing new. And it should come as no surprise.Last month, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the five-year minimum sentence for human trafficking of a young person. The court, in a detailed ruling, found that the personal circumsta … Read more »