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B.C. law would require workplaces to develop accessibility plans, address barriers to inclusion
Carman Overholt, Overholt Law LLP
Carman Overholt of Overholt Law LLP says B.C.’s new accessibility legislation would add a new dimension for employment and human rights practice in British Columbia because lawyers are going to have to make sure employers are made aware of their obligations under it.

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 2:22 PM

British Columbia has joined a number of its provincial counterparts by introducing legislation aimed at addressing accessibility and inclusion concerns in the province. If passed, the Accessible British Columbia Act would allow government to establish accessibility standards and regulations in a range of areas, such as employment, transportation, health and education. Organizations would be required to establish an accessibility committee and develop a plan to identify, remove and prevent barriers to individuals who interact with it. ... [read more]

Retrial ordered in N.S. human trafficking case after judge denied sexual history questioning

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 2:52 PM

A Halifax woman’s successful appeal in a human trafficking case is the latest evidence trial judges are struggling with the admission of evidence regarding complainants’ sexual history, according to a criminal law professor. ... [read more]

Manitoba court uses mandamus to order arbitration for labour negotiations Susan Dawes, Myers LLP

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 10:35 AM

The upholding of an “unusual” order of mandamus by a Manitoba court clears the way for the union representing government employees to have its labour talks with the province go to arbitration. ... [read more]

Stronger public health restrictions for Alberta as province deals with third wave of COVID-19 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 11:54 AM

Alberta has brought in stringent new public health restrictions as it faces down the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the province having the highest number of cases per capita in Canada and the United States. ... [read more]

Injunction against Alberta ‘turn off the taps’ legislation premature, Federal Court of Appeal says Subscriber only content Eric Adams, University of Alberta faculty of law

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 9:39 AM

Alberta has won the latest court battle in a fight with British Columbia over its so-called “turn off the taps” legislation, but a legal scholar is saying the tiff between Canada’s two westernmost provinces is likely not over. The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned an injunction against Alberta’s Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, a 2018 law which would require companies to obtain a licence before exporting energy products from Alberta via pipeline, rail or truck. ... [read more]