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Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

LSO benchers approve budget, create COVID-19 response program Joseph Groia

Benchers of the Law Society of Ontario have voted unanimously to establish a COVID-19 response program to give lawyers and paralegals who have been hit hard by the pandemic the opportunity to defer their annual fee payments. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 4:19 PM

Canadian Forces general to head vaccination effort: Trudeau Justin_Trudeau_sm

The senior military man leading the Canadian Army’s response to COVID-19 has been tapped to run a national vaccine centre responsible for planning, cold storage and distribution. In his Nov. 27 address to the nation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is preparing for the greatest mobilization effort the country has seen since the Second World War in vaccinating Canadians — more than half of whom, he said, could be vaccinated by September 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 3:04 PM

Locking down locking up | Marcel Strigberger

Lockdown bah! Or is it bah? That is the question. How do we best deal with containing COVID-19? In Ontario we are living in an array of colour-coded risk zones, the different colours outdoing the coat Jacob gave his son Joseph. Each zone has its own designation and the red or grey, with Toronto and Peel regions leading the way, have the greatest activity restrictions, allowing indoor business only for places providing essential services. One problem is confusion as to what essential means. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Warning to employers: Drug, alcohol abuse soars during COVID-19 drinkingatwork

Virtually every business across the country has been affected by COVID-19 and by the government’s response to the pandemic. Provincial health officers, heretofore largely unknown creatures, have become household names and, in some cases, media darlings. Such is the time when sports figures and celebrities are supplanted for names like Theresa Tam and Anthony Fauci.  ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Ontario’s proposed food delivery fee cap presents potential risk to restaurants, says lawyer Jade Renaud sm

A proposed Ontario law that would place a 15-per-cent cap on food delivery fees charged to restaurants in areas where indoor dining is prohibited due to the pandemic could potentially backfire if customers end up paying more, says a business lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 8:39 AM

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

In this, the second of a two-part series, we look at how Canada immigration has been affected by COVID-19 in 2020. ... [read more]

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 @ 12:21 PM

Is Ford’s Ontario budget fighting COVID or killing conservation? | David Israelson

Did Ontario Premier Doug Ford think that because we’re in a pandemic, nobody would notice how he keeps trying to undermine environmental protection and conservation in this province? ... [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 @ 11:39 AM

Landlord argued I chose to go home for COVID. Really Covidonhouse

Like many students all around the world, around the middle of March, I began to panic pack and plan my escape. The last thing on my mind was that I would still have to pay rent. As a Canadian studying law in the U.K., I just needed to get home to Toronto while air travel was still possible. ... [read more]