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SCC rules on disclosure of cabinet documents in judge compensation case
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Andromache Karakatsanis found while there was no reason to order the production of a British Columbia cabinet document as part of that province’s fight with judges over their pay, there was reason to have parts of Nova Scotia’s cabinet document disclosed.

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 5:38 PM

In two separate decisions involving disputes between provinces and judges over compensation, Canada’s top court has ruled that a cabinet document sought by British Columbia’s judges as ammunition in their fight must stay confidential but that parts of a Nova Scotia cabinet document detailing “government-wide implications” and a “communications plan” could be used to reveal the province failed to meet its obligations when deciding on judges’ salaries. ... [read more]

Ottawa reveals new contact tracing app, plans to transition CERB recipients to EI Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 3:20 PM

Ontarians now have the ability to find out if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. ... [read more]

Ontario restaurants, bars now required to keep customers seated and maintain logs

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

As Toronto and Peel Region join most of Ontario in stage 3 of reopening July 31 — just in time for the August civic holiday long weekend — the Ontario government has amended rules to require patrons visiting bars and restaurants to stay seated at all times, with limited exceptions. ... [read more]

Reports disclose federal judge expenses for first time Subscriber only content Wayne_MacKay_sm

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

For the first time, amounts federally appointed judges are expensing for things such as office equipment, Internet, home security and travel have been made public. The work-related expenses were released July 28 in two separate reports, one from the Supreme Court of Canada with details expenses claimed by its judges and one from the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs (FJA), which did the same for all other federally appointed judges across the country. ... [read more]

Northwest Territories extends wage top-up program to Oct. 1 Caroline Wawzonek sm

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

The Northwest Territories is extending its wage top-up program for an additional eight weeks to match the federal government’s extension of the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) to Oct. 3, 2020. ... [read more]