The Ontario Legislature Returns

After an extended vacation, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is officially back in session as of October 28, 2019. The return of the Legislature also signals an exciting development for our blog, as we begin posting weekly updates of Ontario legislative activity in our new series: House of Bills. Every Monday, we’ll recap the previous week’s progress of public bills in the Ontario Legislature.

So, without further ado, our first post from the series:

House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

October 28-October 31
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

Second Reading (October 31)

Bill 124,Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019
Second Reading, carried on division (October 28, 29, 31)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (October 31)

Bill 130,Combatting Litter for the Environment and Nature Act, 2019
Second Reading, carried on division (October 31)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (October 31)

Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019
First Reading (October 28)
Second Reading (October 31)

Bill 133, Buy in Canada for Mass Transit Vehicles Act, 2019

First Reading (October 28)
Second Reading, lost on division (October 31)

Bill 134, Caribbean Heritage Month Act, 2019
First Reading (October 28)

Bill 135, La Francophonie Act, 2019
First Reading (October 28)

Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019
First Reading (October 29)

Bill C-75 and Summary Conviction Matters

Numerous amendments to the Criminal Code contained in Bill C-75 (SC 2019, c 25) come into force today – September 19, 2019, including a provision that will increase the default maximum penalty for summary conviction offences from six months imprisonment to two years less a day.

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Class Action Reform in Ontario

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released its long-awaited report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms last Wednesday.

The report is the work of the LCO’s Class Actions Project which was launched back in October 2017, with a mandate “to research class actions in Ontario and to conduct an independent, evidence-based, and practical analysis of class actions from the perspective of their three objectives: access to justice, judicial economy, and deterrence”.  The project represents the first comprehensive review of the province’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992.

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