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Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

McInnes Cooper hires chief strategy and operations officer

McInnes Cooper announced the hire of a chief strategy and operations officer, Roberto Pont, who started with the firm July 6. ... [read more]

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Federal-provincial initiative will insure Ontario farmers for COVID-19 losses

The federal-provincial AgriInsurance program is being enhanced for Ontario farmers to include coverage for labour shortages due to COVID-19. The increased insurance will include coverage for losses due to an inability to attract sufficient on-farm labour due to COVID-19, as well as illness or quarantine of on-farm labour or the producer due to the pandemic, according to a July 9 Ontario government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario economic recovery bill proposes sweeping legislative changes

In its second major legislative initiative in as many days, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced a wide-ranging omnibus bill July 8 designed to stimulate the province’s pandemic-depressed economy while making changes to 20 pieces of legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Proposed Ontario legislation to extend emergency powers raises concerns Cara Zwibel sm

Opposition parties and civil liberties advocates say they will be watching closely to see if the Ontario government’s extension of emergency powers opens the way for abuse of power. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 8:32 AM


Two appeals by CompuFinder from related compliance and enforcement decisions by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 4:04 PM

Canada’s deficit expected to reach $343 billion in 2020-21 fiscal year: Morneau Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau

The federal government has provided a picture of its finances after undertaking a massive economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the picture comes into focus it is showing Ottawa reaching levels of spending not seen since the Second World War. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Technology: End of the profession or a life raft lifesaver_hand_sm

In the past few years, technology has come a huge way. When you stop to think about it, the fact that many of us were able to continue working when the world locked down is a remarkable feat. Tools that help us to connect easier, to reduce dependencies on physical files, and to automate some aspects of our work have now been well and truly put to the test. There have undoubtedly been some glitches, hiccups and real challenges for us all, but the fact that by and large we were able to work through a pandemic is a huge achievement that we can attribute directly to technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Vehicle for systemic racism: Section 17 of Ontario’s Crown Liability and Proceedings Act | Jeffrey Hartman

On June 2, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford praised Canada for not having the same “systemic, deep roots” of racism that the U.S. has. He rose in the legislature the next day to acknowledge otherwise: “Of course there’s systemic racism in Ontario … not only just in the black community, a lot of minority communities, throughout the history of Ontario and Canada have faced racism.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

Sometimes, it is just a vibe Copyright file tabs

Perhaps because treaties are signed with fanfare and media attention, they are believed to carry real weight. But the reality of international (and interprovincial) treaties is more mundane: unless a treaty is properly passed into domestic law, it is not … domestic law (and we’re left with little more than the “vibe of the thing”). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency

The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency in order to support the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move, announced July 7, will allow Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act. ... [read more]