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.

How to start a union (…in Ontario) Part 1 – two paths to unionization

How to start a union (…in Ontario) Part 1 – two paths to unionization

The first in our new series on how to start a union in Ontario. Is it worth considering? Can you find an established union to represent you, or do you create your own?

Avant Law Participates in Free Mobile Legal Clinic at Lincoln Fields Mall

Avant Law Participates in Free Mobile Legal Clinic at Lincoln Fields Mall

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Accessible Legal Services, News

On Tuesday, April 5, Daniel Tucker-Simmons teamed up with UofO law school professor Dr. David Wiseman and students from his Social Justice Practicum course to set up a free mobile legal clinic in Lincoln Fields mall.

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.

Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

I was recently welcomed by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Employment Services division, to give an employment law primer to staff. Besides having a good laugh together, I was asked a number of great questions. Here are the answers.

Avant Law in the News: ACORN and Heron Gate residents rally to delay eviction

Avant Law in the News: ACORN and Heron Gate residents rally to delay eviction

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in News, Rights Activism

ACORN has been fighting hard for years to defend the rights of Ottawa’s low and middle income residents. Yesterday, ACORN rallied with residents in the Heron Gate community, fighting to delay eviction. Avant Law’s Daniel Tucker-Simmons attended and spoke to media.

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. 

Rights are fought for and won; laws are debated and passed

Rights are fought for and won; laws are debated and passed

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in News, Union Rights

This Labour Day, in addition to participating in local Ottawa events, we are happy to share Daniel’s latest article, published today on CanLII Connects. Daniel was asked to select a list of notable court decisions, based on his own criteria, and to write about them.

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

The law in Ontario is pretty harsh on employees who have been fired. For the most part, employers are at liberty to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even for no reason at all. However, an employer’s power to dismiss without cause isn’t unlimited.