Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry recently spoke to students of the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning about the major challenges facing the administration of justice in the province.
The inaugural class of the bachelor's degree program in Paralegal Studies heard McMurtry talk about today's justice system, particularly the challenges to accessing civil justice.
Paralegal studies students at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning speak with Ontario Chief Justice Roy R. McMurtry, centre.
Afterward, the chief justice and former attorney general of Ontario fielded questions from the paralegal students.
"I enjoyed very much the dialogue with the students in the paralegal studies program, and I am confident that their education at Humber will enable them to make important contributions to the administration of justice in the years ahead," McMurtry said.
Humber's degree program in paralegal studies is unique in Ontario, focusing on the fundamentals of paralegal practice within an overall liberal arts context. Graduates may pursue employment in law firms, government courts and tribunals or independent paralegal firms, or continue their education. In an era of rising litigation costs, this program responds to the need for affordable legal services.
"There is no question that this degree opens a new chapter for legal education within the Province," said Dr. Michael Hatton, dean of Humber's business school. "For the people of Ontario, both students and the general population, this degree is most importantly about the opportunities it provides for greater access to justice."
Come hear about Lambton College's innovative new Centre of Excellence for Process Manufacturing.
Parents and prospective students are invited to hear about this exciting $10.6-million project at an information session tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., room N105, Lambton College.
"With Strategic Skills Investment (SSI) funding and significant industry and community support, Lambton College is addressing the pending shortage of process operators, instrument and mechanical maintenance, and engineering designers in Ontario by providing skilled graduates to the manufacturing sector. Lambton will offer a variety of ways to acquire this post-secondary accreditation including diploma and degree programs," says Lambton president Tony Hanlon.
The centre will house state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment used in today's plant operations and industrial maintenance programs that provide the specialized skills needed by the processing industry. The centre was developed in consultation with industry to meet new hiring standards in the industries.
In addition to the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology, Chemical Production Engineering Technology and the Mechanical Technician -- Industrial Maintenance programs, it offers two unique applied degree programs recently approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The new Bachelor of Applied Technology, Instrumentation and Control is scheduled to begin full time in September 2004, and the Bachelor of Applied Technology, Environmental Health and Safety is scheduled to start full-time in September 2005.
"Our graduates will be competing on par with university graduates for jobs and they receive their education right here at Lambton College.
Parents and students considering an applied degree program in the areas of technology will want to give Lambton College's programs serious consideration," Hanlon said.
To find out more about the information night or the programs offered at the Centre of Excellence for Process Manufacturing, call 519-541-2403.
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