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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 10:29 AM

Unvaccinated travellers: Getting across the U.S. border COVID-19 vial with needle

There are many reasons for choosing not to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination, and no matter what your opinion is on what’s “good” or “bad” for society, the reality is that many people have lingering skepticism about obtaining COVID-19 vaccines. Countries, provinces and even families remain deeply divided about what is necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, while border policies still reflect an attitude of “high alert” regarding the risks posed by and to travellers. ... [read more]

Friday, August 05, 2022 @ 11:37 AM

Ten results of the great home-office blur | Gary Goodwin

Now that office and home blurred into this wondrous mix of continuous office work and housework, one wonders about the future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

Estate planning: Electronic witnessing and signing in B.C. Man signing a document on  computer screen

When preparing an estate plan, British Columbians are generally advised to make three basic documents: a will, an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and a Representation Agreement (RA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

Remote work trends around globe Globe

We are now over two years into the pandemic. From variants, to new strains, to record-level hospitalizations as well as vaccinations, #remotework has been critical for business continuity and ongoing employment. As countries across the globe grapple with legalizing (or not), codifying (or not), and regulating (or not) remote work in various industries, lawmakers are unifying on one front — remote work is no longer temporary, and workers deserve expanded protections. ... [read more]

Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 11:42 AM

Riding the COVID Flyer | John MacMillan

When I was a kid I loved my summer trip to the Canadian National Exhibition for an annual ride on a roller coaster called “The Flyer.” During its 39-year existence, The Flyer bore some nine million riders on its 2,600 feet of rusted iron track and creaking wooden beams; it likely has an OED entry under “rickety.” The thrill from riding the Flyer evoked a philosophical mix of hedonism and redemption: a gravitational thrill in loins and stomach, as well as the uplifting satisfaction of survival. ... [read more]

Friday, July 22, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

B.C. Appeal Court overturns ruling which lawyer says made conflict of interest laws too restrictive Wes Mussio, Mussio Goodman

B.C.’s top court has ruled that a Vancouver city councillor was not subject to an exemption from municipal conflict of interest rules after he supported a pandemic-related outdoor seating program for restaurants and bars, despite holding ownership stakes in two businesses which benefited from the scheme. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

Charter does not apply to doctors’ treatment decisions in vaccine-related case, Alberta judge rules

An Alberta judge has ruled it was not unconstitutional for doctors to deny an organ transplant to a patient who refuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 4:14 PM

Accessible information for online hearings needed, broadcast appellate courts: U of T researcher Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, University of Toronto

A study done by a University of Toronto (U of T) researcher on public access to online hearings during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of privacy and security while maintaining the open court principle, identifying best practices for the courts moving forward. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 9:43 AM

How not to handle accommodation | Stuart Rudner

The City of Toronto recently generated some unfortunate media coverage when it mishandled the need to accommodate Sikh security guards in the context of a mask mandate. Headlines included: ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 8:20 AM

Alberta case raises important questions on accountability for pandemic-related measures: law prof Paul Daly, University Research Chair in Administrative Law and Governance, University of Ottawa

An Alberta judge has ordered the province to hand over documentation related to a decision to lift mask mandates in schools, despite the government’s protests that it should remain confidential. ... [read more]