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.

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.

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!

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to strike in SFL v. Saskatchewan, it curtailed the Canadian state’s ability to intervene and suppress striking activity. Which means that the state is now [somewhat] more limited in its ability to suppress — through police violence or toleration of employers’ thugs — striking workers on behalf of employers, as it did so frequently in the past. That limitation, however modest, is unquestionably a victory for workers.

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.