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Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 10:40 AM

Minimum five paid sick days coming for B.C. workers Jan. 1 B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains

British Columbia has become the first province to bring in a minimum standard of five days of paid sick leave each year, but several labour groups are calling the move inadequate to give workers the support they need. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 10:37 AM

Alberta taking steps towards establishing an extended producer responsibility framework for waste

Alberta has announced plans to join its provincial counterparts by bringing in an extended producer responsibility (EPR) framework aimed at shifting the physical and financial responsibility for collecting, sorting, processing and recycling waste to the industries that produce it. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 10:34 AM

Ottawa introduces what it hopes is ‘final’ bill to implement pandemic business, income supports Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The Liberal government has unveiled legislation to implement targeted financial supports for the business sectors it says still face “significant pandemic-related challenges” and for individuals hit by lockdowns. On Nov. 24, Bill C-2 was introduced into the House of Commons by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with the dual aims “to create jobs and implement targeted COVID-19 support.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 1:48 PM

Google, Facebook: Your day of reckoning is coming | Howard Winkler

Not so long ago, the mass communication of information was the domain of “trusted” media who, with the aid of writers, fact checkers, editors and publishers/broadcasters had a monopoly on distribution channels. With the advent of the Internet, and in particular with the creation of platforms like Google, Facebook and Twitter, anyone with a computer now has a voice which can be heard worldwide. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Ontario proposes private corporation register of those with ‘significant control’ Pyramid of figures with the top one in red

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Ontario government introduced Bill 43, the Build Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021. The bill, among other legislative initiatives, proposes to amend the Ontario Business Corporations Act (OBCA) to require corporations to prepare and maintain a register of individuals with “significant control” over such corporations. The purpose of these amendments is to further align Ontario with federal and other provincial initiatives towards greater corporate transparency. If the bill is passed (as expected), the OBCA amendments will come into force on Jan. 1, 2023. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 9:39 AM

B.C. looking at cooling-off periods, other consumer protections for real estate market Michael Drouillard, Drouillard Lawyers

British Columbia is aiming to bring in a “cooling-off” period for some real estate sales in the province next year and is asking the province’s financial regulator to look at other ways to strengthen protection for home buyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Pandemic-era throne speech reflects many minority Liberals’ pre-announcements and election pledges Governor General Mary May Simon

In its latest pandemic-focused throne speech, the minority Liberal government has promised to “continue increasing immigration levels” while pledging to also bring forward measures to ban “conversion therapy” and deal with harmful online expression. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 11:18 AM

How far we have come, how far we have to go | Makda Yohannes

The Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) is entering its 31st year of operation, with over 20 active BLSA chapters in law schools across the country. As we enter this academic year, with over 30 years of organizing behind us, it is pertinent to outline how far our efforts have taken us and the distance we still have to go towards achieving equity in the legal field. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

If unceded, does law become unseated? | Stephen O’Neill

“We ask of you please to forward this our petition to the Department at Ottawa. The Chief and councillors assembled to consider our miseries, how we are prevented to fish, how we are put in prison for fishing. It was established by Treaty that here where we live only Indians should dwell, and that the fisheries should be our fisheries all round, this was agreed on Aug. 9th, 1836 by Sir. F. B. Head. Since that time, we never did make any other Agreement with the Government by which the Government could come in possession of what belonged to us, until this day we have never received anything for which we should cease to own what our forefathers owned of old.”   ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 9:25 AM

Gowlings adds two partners at Ottawa office

Gowling WLG announced two additions to its Ottawa office: Trademark lawyer and agent Paula Clancy has rejoined its global intellectual property group as a partner, and Megan Cornell has joined its national corporate group as a partner. ... [read more]