Where a statute requires that events occur within a specified time frame, it is simply unacceptable that justice system participants fail to adhere to those time frames. As Justice L'Heureux-Dubé commented on behalf of the majority of the Supreme Court in Winnipeg Child and Family Services v. K.L.W., 2000 SCC 48,  2 S.C.R. 519, at para. 136, "[t]he six-month delay prior to the hearing to determine whether John was in need of protection appears, on its face, to be highly unreasonable, particularly in the case of a newborn child." This court spoke about the importance of timeliness in child welfare cases in Children's Aid Society of Oxford County v. W.T.C., 2013 ONCA 491,  O.J. No. 3438.
C.M. v. Children's Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, 2015 ONCA 612: