How to start a union – Part 2 – Strategic Considerations

How to start a union – Part 2 – Strategic Considerations

So, you’re considering joining or forming a union. Unionizing is more of an art than a science. This post deals with strategic considerations that are likely relevant across Canada. This is Part 2 in our How to start a union series.

Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system

Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information, News

Justice of the Peace Julie Lauzon sits regularly in the main Ottawa bail court – where the liberty of people who are accused, but presumed innocent until proven guilty, is decided on a daily basis. In a recent National Post opinion piece, Justice Lauzon calls out the bail system, writing that Ottawa’s bail court, and others like it, “have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies, devoid of the rule of law”. These are serious claims, but they could not be more welcome or timely.

Miriam Martin – Union Consulting

Miriam Martin – Union Consulting

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Union Consulting

Avant Law offers a unique Union Consulting service that approaches legal questions through the lens of years of experience as union advocates and activists. In this post, Miriam describes what brought her to law school and the limited role she sees for lawyers in the labour movement.

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Employment Law, News

“Five former workers claim they’re owed $17,662 in compensation for lost wages from the jail hostel after it abruptly closed the popular Mugshots bar this summer.” Story by Joe Lofaro of Metro News Ottawa. 

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Criminal Law, Legal Information

Legally married spouses of criminally accused persons are now competent and compellable witnesses for the Crown. Those who are legally married nevertheless retain the right to assert spousal privilege, and to refuse to answer questions about communications during the marriage.

Being a Surety for Bail

Being a Surety for Bail

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information

Many of us will be asked at some point in our lives to act as a surety for a partner, family member, loved one, co-worker or friend. What does being a surety mean? What are a surety’s responsibilities? What do I need to know to become a surety?

How does BAIL work in Canada?

How does BAIL work in Canada?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information

What is bail? What is a bail hearing? Who has to “show cause”, and what does that mean? What are the grounds for detention? How does bail work in Canada?

Welcome to AvantLaw.ca!

Welcome to AvantLaw.ca!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in News

We are very pleased to officially launch our website and firm. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to two very talented women artists, without whom this beautiful website would not have been possible: Toronto graphic designer and web designer Liz MacInnis and Vancouver photographer Bethany Schiedel. Thank you!

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

The SCC surprised this month with Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 – a unanimous decision quashing Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and unequivocally reaffirming the legitimate expression purpose of picketing during a legal strike. Despite its technical framing as a dispute between privacy and expression interests, this decision is a blow to employers whose interests lie in hampering the union’s ability to effectively dissuade people doing business with the employer.