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Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

Federal Court applies Vavilov in quashing decision revoking passport passport_application_sm

In a rare decision, Alsaloussi v. Canada (Attorney General) 2020 FC 364, the Federal Court recently quashed a decision of the Passport Division of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada revoking the applicant’s passport services for a period of three years on the basis that such decision was unreasonable. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

More key considerations for employers managing through COVID-19 typistunderdome

COVID-19 is causing the largest disruption to the Canadian economy, potentially in a century. The number of claims for employment insurance the week of March 16 approached one million, dwarfing the 2008 financial crisis in both speed and volume. Business owners across Ontario are looking for ways to temporarily cut costs to protect the long-term viability of their business as customer demand has weakened and supply chains have dramatically slowed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Integrity commissioner assails jail staff disobedience, racism, poisoning attempts Handsonprisonbars

In March, the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada reported on its investigation into misconduct at Archambault Institution in Quebec. Examining a one-year period in 2017 and 2018, the report found that certain correctional officers engaged in intentional wrongdoing and Correctional Service of Canada grossly mismanaged these systemic workplace problems.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

Survivors seeking redress: A common issues trial raised_fists_sm

There have been several class actions for institutional abuse in Canada since Rumley v. British Columbia 2001 SCC 69. Given the individual nature of abuse, a significant hurdle in these actions is satisfying the court that a class proceeding is the preferable procedure for the resolution of the common issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 12:07 PM

Key considerations for employers managing fallout from COVID-19 Typistunderdome

COVID-19 is causing the largest disruption to the Canadian economy, potentially in a century. The number of claims for employment insurance the week of March 16 approached one million, dwarfing the 2008 financial crisis in both speed and volume. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

Urgent family law matters during COVID-19 Parents fight over child

“It is a constitutional imperative that the courts must remain open; however, in light of the extraordinary circumstances during the current public health emergency, members of the public who do not have urgent business before the court are discouraged from attending any courthouse.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Important family law deadlines to know Deadlines on calendar

One of the most important considerations at the outset of legal claims is the application of any limitation dates. This article explores family law situations where there is a risk of statute-barred claims. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 1:28 PM

Recent IP censorship decisions signal trend Censoredcamera

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice overturned decisions of the European Union for Intellectual Property and the General Court which had found that the trademark Fack Ju Göhte was shockingly vulgar and in violation of public morality. The EU decision is consistent with recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and may represent a trend in cases of this type. These decisions emphasize that questions of this nature need to be decided objectively based on evidence not the taste of one examiner or a judge. Freedom of expression must be considered and is an important consideration. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Mediation by Zoom addresses social distancing, shuttered courtrooms zoom_meeting_sm

Mediations conducted by videoconference, via online platforms like Zoom, have suddenly become popular in Ontario as a result of social distancing and shuttered courtrooms due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, penalties COVID-19_ban_sm

Since it was first announced that Canada would be closing its borders to limit the spread of COVID-19, the specifics of these travel restrictions have shifted on a daily basis. This uncertainty has caused travellers and businesses, particularly those with a presence in the U.S., to have to scramble over the last two weeks to understand how travel plans would have to change over the coming months. Adding to the confusion, separate restrictions have been put into place for air travel and land-based travel, as well as for travellers from the U.S. compared to other countries. ... [read more]