The Canadian Bar Association Family Law Section, Health Law Section and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Community Form has now responded to Health Canada’s initiative to develop regulations covering the reimbursement of expenditures to surrogates. The CBA has reiterated their 2007 submissions that “the prohibition against compensating gamete donors and surrogates is likely to have an ongoing negative impact on the availability of assisted reproductive technologies for Canadian women and men who choose to use fertility services,” and goes on to note that this will have a disparate impact on the LGBTQ community.
To read the full submissions by the CBA to Health Canada, go to:
Litigants are not rewarded for bad behaviour. In a recent decision out of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a father was ordered to pay $420,000 in costs to his former spouse, after losing the case for custody of their young daughter.
The Trademarks Act (the “Act”) contains a unique provision that allows “public authorities” to by-pass the normal trademark registration application process and to protect their “official marks” indefinitely. There is no similar provision in any other country’s trademark protection regime.
Although now 10 years old, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, by Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice, remains an insightful and powerful read on the uses and misuses of family court.