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Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 4:26 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order to at least June 2, announces vaccination for youth 12-17 Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario is extending its stay-at-home order an extra two weeks until at least June 2 as the province continues battling to reduce COVID-19 case numbers and free up overcrowded hospitals. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:32 PM

Nova Scotia court expanding certain services

In a bid to lessen backlog caused by a recent scaling back of operations, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court will expand some of its services while continuing to run under an essential services model. Any non-urgent matters in the Supreme Court’s general division that can be done by telephone or videoconference will be allowed to proceed across the province, starting May 25. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Manitoba’s law society getting new president Grant Driedger, Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP

Law Society of Manitoba incoming president Grant Driedger plans to use his time in the role to help bring greater access to justice to the province and guide the profession through challenges caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. Driedger, a civil, administrative and estate lawyer with Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP, will officially become president at the law society’s next bencher meeting, on May 20. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 2:37 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 3:32 PM

Ontario puts use of AstraZeneca vaccine on pause amid increase in serious blood clots Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

Ontario is putting use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on hold due to the increasing incidence of rare but potentially life-threatening blood clots. That brings to three the number of provinces interrupting use of the jab, which is also known as Covishield and was developed jointly by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

Nova Scotia provincial court extends shelving of in-person matters

In its continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s provincial court is extending its provincewide suspension of in-person hearings until at least the end of May. According to a May 12 notice, the current suspension will now last until May 31, at which time it will be “re-evaluated as the number of COVID-19 cases in the province and public health restrictions change.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 11:35 AM

Ontario Human Rights Commission warns of prison overcrowding amid third wave of pandemic

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is urging justice sector participants across the province to work together to reduce prison custody numbers as the third wave of COVID-19 rages, jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable inmates and correctional officers in congregate settings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Links between COVID-19, divorce Man and woman facing opposite directions

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people’s everyday lives. People can no longer meet up with members outside their household, go to clothing stores or eat in restaurants. Some of the pandemic’s effects on people’s day-to-day lives are less obvious though. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s marriages. More specifically, the pandemic has led to an increased interest in divorce. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 6:09 AM

WRONGFUL DISMISSAL - Constructive dismissal - Change to remuneration - Economic conditions

Action by Kosteckyj for damages for wrongful dismissal. Kosteckyj commenced employment with Apache Canada as a Senior Integrity Engineer in October 2013. In August 2017, the defendant Paramount Resources took over the business of Apache in Canada and continued Kosteckyj’s employment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 8:33 AM

Appellate jurisdiction over interrelated final and interlocutory orders Man searching for path through a maze

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently commented on a particularly complex area of appellate jurisdiction: interrelated final and interlocutory orders. The issue arose in Martin v. 11037315 Canada Inc. 2021 ONCA 246, where the Superior Court judge made both final and interlocutory orders arising from the same application. Generally speaking, appeals from interlocutory orders lie only to the Divisional Court with leave, whereas appeals from final orders lie in the Court of Appeal. The result may be separate appeals in different courts arising from the same proceeding. But what about a case like Martin, where the interlocutory and final orders are arguably intertwined? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 6:21 AM


Application by the Crown to compel the accused Stephens to remove his COVID-19 mask for the purposes of dock identification. The issue arose partway through Stephens’ jury trial for second degree murder. ... [read more]