By Shibil Siddiqi
This post was originally published by Legal Aid Ontario as part of the Personal perspectives on access to justice series.
Access to justice
Traditionally access to justice has been seen as providing access to dispute resolution tools, including effective access to courts and tribunals.
No one should have to lose their liberty, family, residency status, home or source of income without a fair shot at due process.
With dispute resolution effective access is key, and necessarily includes the provision of competent legal services to ensure that parties to a dispute can navigate the technical requirements and barriers established by a formal dispute resolution mechanism such as the justice system.
Court Divided on Charter Right to Housing, Claimants Will Appeal
(Toronto) - Today, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a divided ruling to homeless and inadequately housed Canadians in a landmark Charter challenge against the federal and provincial governments. In a strong dissent, Justice Kathryn Feldman, the most experienced judge on the panel, found that the application raises serious Charter claims of significant public importance.
submissions to the standing committee on citizenship and immigration on bill c-24 - strengthening canadian citizenship act
The following submission was co-authored by NLS lawyer Jennifer Stone. The introduction to the document is produced below. The entire submission is available in .pdf format.
The following submission was made by NLS lawyer Shibil Siddiqi to the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) with respect to the accreditation of the Trinity Western University Law School, a private university in British Columbia (read in original format here). The issue has been controversial and has received much coverage in the media because it involves an apparent clash between equality and human rights on the one hand, and freedom of religion on the other. In summary, TWU is a religious school that requires all its students to sign a “Covenant” that they will refrain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage.
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