Liaison Fall-Winter Newsletter 2016 (E) Online

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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 defamation; and • a forum on law and technology issues. I hope you will join us in our work and continue to support the LCO. Nye Thomas in this issue . . . ❂ Signed, sealed and renewed ❂ Celebrating Judith ❂ New Year, new reports Three LCO papers scheduled for release in early 2017 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 international attention. 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 available at LIAISON Fall/Winter 2016 LAW COMMISSION OF ONTARIO

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