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Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part one | Colin Singer

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted the Canada immigration system since restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. Canada’s federal government reacted by restricting international travel and closing the Canada-U.S. border, with most of the measures taken still in place eight months later and likely to remain into 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 4:01 PM

Naive to say Canada’s cannabis legislation has been perfect: lawyer Eric Foster, Dentons

It has been two years since Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use, and now one of the country’s largest business organizations is reaching out to market participants to gauge their opinions on how the regime has worked so far and where change may be needed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

Department of Justice appoints Federal Court justice to Competition Tribunal

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Andrew D. Little, a judge of the Federal Court, is appointed a member of the Competition Tribunal, to hold office for a term of seven years. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

New environmental law partner for WeirFoulds

WeirFoulds announced that Janet Bobechko has joined the firm as a partner in its environmental law and corporate and commercial practice groups. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 10:35 AM

New Alberta COVID-19 restrictions include ban on indoor social gatherings, closed schools

Alberta has declared a public health emergency and brought in new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province. “We are taking strong, targeted new measures to protect both lives and livelihoods and bend the COVID-19 curve back down,” Premier Jason Kenney said. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency, introduces mask enforcement measures B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has formally extended its state of emergency and has aligned the province’s measures under the Emergency Program Act with the provincial health officer (PHO)’s guidance that masks must be worn in indoor public places. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Bill C-12 can demonstrate environmental leadership to Canadian business | Janis Sarra

The federal government’s Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, tabled in Parliament on Nov. 19, is a welcome signal for Canadian businesses. Its aim is to create transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Net-zero emissions mean reducing human-caused GHG to the point that any carbon-emitting activity is offset by climate positive activities such as scaled-up renewable energy, building retrofits and enhancement of forests and other “natural carbon sinks.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Fossil fuels still major part of Canadian energy mix in 2050 unless change accelerated: report

Canada’s energy regulator is saying fossil fuels will still make up more than 60 per cent of Canada’s fuel mix in 2050 unless the move towards other energy sources is accelerated. The finding comes as part of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER)’s energy future series outlook report, which explores how new technologies and climate policy will impact Canadian energy consumption and production trends over the next 30 years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

Lawson Lundell adds associate in Yellowknife

Lawson Lundell welcomed Margaret Lovely as an associate in the Yellowknife office. ... [read more]