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Liberals’ third attempt to criminalize ‘conversion therapy’ drops exemption for consenting adults
Justice Minister David Lametti
On Nov. 29, Justice Minister David Lametti introduced Bill C-4 in the House of Commons, a more sweeping version of two previously introduced bills (C-8 and C-6).

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

The minority federal Liberal government says it is proposing a complete ban on so-called “conversion therapy” — even for adults who purport to consent — as there is an emerging international and domestic consensus that such “well-documented” harmful practices are tantamount to “torture,” to which no one can validly consent. ... [read more]

B.C. regulator emphasizing need to develop recovery plans to deal with major financial crises Subscriber only content

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

B.C.’s financial services regulator has issued a draft guideline which outlines its expectations for companies as they develop an effective recovery plan for major financial stress events. ... [read more]

Reasonable, not ideal, accommodations required in mask exemption cases: B.C. human rights tribunal Margot Young, UBC School of Law

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 9:11 AM

A pair of decisions from British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal are emphasizing the fact that store policies which mandate the wearing of masks generally do not violate human rights law and that people cannot “simply do what they please” in a store. ... [read more]

LSO divided on paying articling students minimum wage, defers decision to provide time for input Barbara Murchie, Chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee

Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 3:56 PM

Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 4:59 PM

In a debate about mandating firms to pay articling students minimum wage, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) highlighted the tough situation facing the profession. With a backlog of candidates and a dearth of articling positions, the benchers were divided on whether to enforce a minimum wage if it might put placements in jeopardy. ... [read more]

Ottawa extends compliance deadlines of safety regulations for at-grade railway track crossings Subscriber only content

Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 2:06 PM

Due to the increased financial and other demands from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government says it is extending the timelines for public and private authorities to comply with prescribed safety measures for at-grade railway crossings. ... [read more]