Could Technology Replace Family Lawyers and Judges?

Exploring new innovative models in family law Written on behalf of the Osgoode Hall Family Law Association  I ask myself this question regularly. Technology now delivers countless essential services. Banking is automated. Dating apps are the norm. We Uber everywhere. But our legal system is stuck in the past. When it comes to technology, Ontario …

Considering the “Best Interests” of Indigenous Children in Family Law Cases

Indigenous children are starkly overrepresented in Ontario’s child welfare system: there are 7 times as many children in care as their proportion of the population.[1] The same problem existed in the 1980’s when the Supreme Court of Canada articulated the “best interests of the child” test in a de facto adoption case involving an Indigenous …

Predatory Marriages: Hunt v Worrod

As the Canadian population continues to age, our country is confronting a myriad of legal and health care issues, including the alarming phenomenon of predatory marriages. A predatory marriage often describes a situation where a younger person takes advantage of an elderly or vulnerable person for their finances. Advocates note that our elderly population has …

The “Motherisk” Class Action: Faulty Science & Family Tragedy

(Author’s note:  “This article was written before Justice Perell’s ruling on November 1, 2017 dismissing the certification motion. The decision can be accessed here“) In 2009, Tamara Broomfield was criminally convicted for a drug-related offence. This conviction was partially due to hair-strand testing conducted by the Motherisk Drug Testing Lab at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In …