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Occupiers’ liability changes in Ontario will result in people being denied access to justice: lawyer
Steve Rastin
Lawyer Steve Rastin says changes to Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act limiting the time period to bring an action in personal injury cases involving snow and ice are going to punish people who wait to recover from their injuries before starting a lawsuit.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

The new year is likely to bring a lot of change to people’s lives, but one change that may have escaped people’s notice given everything that has been going on is Ontario’s move to limit the amount of time a person has to bring a personal injury case involving ice or snow. ... [read more]

Numerous exceptions detailed in Ontario stay-at-home order, as province issues eviction ban

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 5:04 PM

Ontario’s freshly minted stay-at-home order lists more than 20 reasons why residents of the province may leave their homes. Officially approved and ordered at 5:56 p.m. on Jan. 13, Ontario regulation 11/21, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 14. ... [read more]

Ontario extends suspension of jury trials amid COVID-19 state of emergency

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 4:55 PM

The suspension of Ontario jury trials has been extended to at least May 2021, according to a notice to the profession and public from the Superior Court of Justice. In the wake of state of emergency and stay-at-home order declared by the province Jan. 12, the suspension of jury trials will continue until May 3 and no new jury selection will commence during that period, according to the Jan. 13 notice from Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz. ... [read more]

Feds giving additional pandemic help to Indigenous communities

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 5:13 PM

Ottawa is giving an additional $1.2 billion to Canada’s Indigenous communities to help them combat rising case numbers of COVID-19. On Jan. 13, Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller made the announcement and talked of the need to address First Nations, Inuit and Métis being particularly hard hit by the ongoing spread of the virus. ... [read more]

Human Rights Tribunal passes on public interest remedies in case of handcuffed child Subscriber only content Janina Fogels sm

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered a $35,000 award but declined to impose public interest remedies on the Peel Regional police in a case stemming from a 2016 incident in which two police officers handcuffed a 6-year-old Black girl’s wrists and ankles to immobilize her when they were called by the school to respond to a behavioural issue. ... [read more]