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Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 border laws, police powers face Charter challenge
Cara Zwibel
Cara Zwibel, director of the CCLA’s fundamental freedoms program, says the way in which the changes were made means the expansion of police powers could be at-the-ready for future use.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Canada’s defender of civil liberties is concerned that new powers given to police in Newfoundland and Labrador to stop, detain and remove from the province those who breach public orders in place to combat COVID-19 could be “resuscitated” in the post-pandemic future, whenever emergency measures are enacted. ... [read more]

National COVID-19 action committee issues first guidance for reopening courts during pandemic Richard Wagner

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

A national task force, co-led by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and federal Justice Minister David Lametti, has devised some initial guidelines, and identified overarching principles, to help local courts safely and appropriately resume their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Regulators came together on co-ordinated response to COVID-19 financial challenges, lawyer says Philippe Tardif, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:06 PM

An international association of legal professionals has released a report analyzing the responses by securities administrators across the globe to the COVID-19 pandemic, and observers are noting the Canadian response has shown a significant amount of co-operation among the provinces and territories to ensure the market performs properly as it navigates largely untested waters. ... [read more]

Post-pandemic austerity will require Ontario’s judicial system ‘to work smarter’: chief justice Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Ontario’s justice system will face a challenging period of austerity following the COVID-19 pandemic that will demand a new examination of efficiencies that goes beyond technology alone, Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy recently predicted. ... [read more]

Financial impact of COVID-19 on lawyers, paralegals key issue in LSO treasurer campaign Teresa Donnelly (left) and Philip Horgan (right)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Candidates in the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) treasurer election are advancing campaigns that highlight financial responsibility and governance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the virus on the membership, and the justice system as a whole, cannot be ignored, so how to move the law society forward at this time is top of mind for both candidates.   ... [read more]