Message from the Executive Director
I became executive director of the
Law Commission of Ontario about
one year ago. During this time, I have
seen the extraordinary commitment
of stakeholders, justice organizations
and countless individuals to the
success and sustainability of the LCO.
Thank you all.
Throughout these final months
of the LCO's second five-year
mandate, the Board of Directors and I have focused
intently on our renewed mandate. We've been
working hard to ensure a third successful term
through the renewal of our governance agreement,
our funding and our strategic plan. I am pleased to
announce that all three are complete or very nearly
so. Read the details in our feature story.
The LCO will begin its third mandate in 2017
committed to expanding the reach and impact of
our work and to prioritizing challenging issues that
are important to the people of Ontario. It promises
to be a great year with
• a new LCO strategic plan;
• a new LCO website;
• our final report on the Legal Capacity,
Decision-making and Guardianship project;
• a discussion paper for the Improving the Last
Stages of Life project;
• a discussion paper for the Defamation Law in
the Age of the Internet project;
• a project kick-off for our Indigenous project;
• a major international conference on
• a forum on law and technology issues.
I hope you will join us in our work and continue to
support the LCO.
in this issue . . .
❂ Signed, sealed and renewed
❂ Celebrating Judith
❂ New Year, new reports
Three LCO papers
scheduled for release in
The final report in a project that garnered the largest public
consultation in the LCO's history will be unveiled in early March at
an event also celebrating the LCO's renewal. Thousands of
Ontarians weighed in on the LCO's study of the laws governing
legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. The
Commission's recommendations are widely expected to attract
The LCO will also release its Improving the Last Stages of Life
discussion paper in the Spring of 2017.
The Spring will also see the release of the LCO discussion paper on
the Defamation Law in the Age of the Internet.
Copies of all three
reports will be
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