Province amends Bill 161; confirms legal clinics access to justice and poverty law mandate

Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.

Response to Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020 (Bill 161)

Theresa McClenaghan wrote a brief to support her testimony to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regading problematic aspects of Bill 161 that affect the Class Proceedings Act, the Judicial Review Procedure Act, and the Legal Aid Services Act.

Re: Ontario Class Action Reform Response to Law Commission of Ontario consultation paper – Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms(March 2018)

Title: Re: Ontario Class Action Reform Response to Law Commission of Ontario consultation paper - Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms(March 2018) Resource Type: Letter, Response to Consultation Content: 1192-OntarioClassActionReform # of Pages: 16 Date authored: May 31, 2018 Publication number:…

Toxic Torts Update: Ontario’s Class Action Law under Review

Posted by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel on November 17, 2017 Since the 1970s, CELA has called for class action reform to enable individuals to bring civil claims on behalf of large groups of people whose health or property has been adversely affected…

30 in 30: Confessions of a CELA Lifer

Posted by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel on February 2, 2016 Incredibly, 2016 marks my 30th year at CELA. Since it is customary to sit back and reflect upon such milestones, here are 30 memories (good, bad and ugly) over the past 30…