The Ontario Court issued practice notices regarding motion practice last fall that were recently published online. The first requires, among other things, the moving party to file a Notice of Motion within 10 days after the motion date is requisitioned. The second is an announcement that additional resources are being allocated to long motions.
These practice notices were dated November 2013 but appear to have only been published online recently. These notices are directed to making the motions practice. LawPro alerted litigators to these notices when they were issued in November.
Both these measures should make it easier to obtain hearing dates.