Whopping Legal Bills, Justice grows unaffordable for many Canadians, Access to justice is profoundly unequal in Canada

How to Protect the Middle Class from Whopping Legal Bills, While justice grows unaffordable for many Canadians, Europe and Quebec offer a fix by Tasha Kheriddin, iPolitics, August 21, 2013, The Tyee.ca
What price, justice? In Canada, if you’re poor, you get legal aid. If you’re rich, you hire Clayton Ruby.


But for a growing number of middle class anadians, lawyers have become unaffordable. The result is that court cases that normally would take three days may take 10, as unrepresented litigants bog down the process. In other civil disputes, people simply may not exercise their rights at all — justice denied before it’s even pursued. According to a newly-released summary report by the Canadian Bar Association, Canada now ranks ninth out of 12 countries when it comes to access to justice. … Any new entitlement program which would benefit lawyers would be an almost impossible sell — and strange to contemplate when the profession is running ads trying to counter the public’s perception of lawyers as vulpine bottom feeders. [Emphasis added]

[In the January 18, 2013 and April 26, 2012 court hearings, the defendants’ lawyers demanded that I pay their costs even though my case is defending the public interest and Canadians’ access to safe, non-explosive, uncontaminated drinking and bathing water. ]

[Refer also to:

Report says access to justice in Canada ‘abysmal’

Appointment of judges politically biased in Alberta, critics say, Process favours candidates with ties to the PC party

An Open Letter to the Honourable Neil Wittmann, Chief Justice

La fracturation hydraulique, le Canada et la justice, Alberta Fracking. Jessica Ernst Versus The Corporate/Government Enemy. (A Case For History.)

Fracking. The One Per Cent. Collapsing Canadian Courts. Jessica Ernst of Rosebud, Alberta

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann Volunteers to Hear High Profile Fracking Case after Harper Government Promoted Justice B. L. Veldhuis

In Alberta And B.C.: Stephen Harper Destroying The Rule Of Law

Fracking: Feds Throw Wrench in High Profile Lawsuit, Judge suddenly promoted; plaintiff Ernst sees strategy to ‘delay and exhaust.’

February 8, 2013: ALBERTA JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED: Justice Barbara L. Veldhuis appointed judge of the Court of Appeal of Alberta

January 18, 2013: Court hearing on the most important arguments in the Ernst versus Encana et al lawsuit

How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst, In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater

April 27, 2012: Landmark fracking lawsuit starts with twist

June 24, 2011: ALBERTA JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCED: The Honourable Barbara L. Veldhuis Appointed Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary

April 26, 2011: Ernst versus Encana, the ERCB (previously EUB, now AER) and Alberta Environment lawsuit goes public ]

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