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Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 3:25 PM

Ottawa moves to enact 10 paid sick days in federal private sector, ban intimidation of health workers Justice Minister David Lametti

The minority Liberal government has introduced a bill to criminalize the intimidation and obstruction of health-care workers and people seeking to access health services, as well as to mandate 10 days’ paid sick leave for workers in the federally regulated private sectors, such as interprovincial transport and banking. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 11:48 AM

Drug decriminalization in British Columbia: A good start | Kyla Lee

Recently, the province of British Columbia submitted a request to the federal government for an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. In an attempt to avert prosecutions for simple possession of controlled substances, the province is requesting effective decriminalization of up to 4.5 grams of a number of hard drugs, including fentanyl. ... [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 @ 4:01 PM

Lawyers across Canada, LSO benchers sign declaration calling for end of vaccine passports, mandates

A declaration calling for “the immediate end of vaccine passports and mandates” and a “public inquiry into the handling of all aspects of the declared pandemic” has been launched online, garnering signatures from over 31,000 citizens, including 250 lawyers, across the country. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 9:55 AM

Federal Court dismisses injunction application in first challenge to third-party government vaccination policy

In the first-of-its-kind challenge, the Federal Court of Canada dismissed a request for an interlocutory injunction against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for supplier personnel until the case is heard on its merits. ... [read more]

Monday, November 22, 2021 @ 11:51 AM

More details needed to assess Ontario’s labour amendments Puzzle workers

The Ontario government’s proposed Working for Workers Act, 2021 contains some employee-friendly provisions including the right to disconnect and a general prohibition vitiating non-competition clauses. However, the employment bar will need more details to determine if it can deliver on its promises or if it is simply window dressing. ... [read more]

Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 4:44 PM

Ottawa scrapping molecular test for vaccinated Canadians returning from short trips Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

As was predicted, Ottawa is loosening its COVID-19 border measures so that travelling Canadians who are fully vaccinated and return to the country within 72 hours of leaving will no longer have to present a pre-entry molecular test result. ... [read more]

Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

Does R. v. Oakes test still do justice to s. 1? Part two | Jonathan Martin

In my previous article, I made the case that the current Oakes test (R v. Oakes, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 103) is inadequate to meet the broad-scale threat to our rights and freedoms presented by long-term government responses to new global health problems like the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 1:53 PM

Does R. v. Oakes test still do justice to s. 1? Part one | Jonathan Martin

The global COVID-19 pandemic, and the unprecedented government incursions into the rights and freedoms of Canadians that have resulted from it, represents a pressure test for the section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms analysis first developed in R v. Oakes, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 103 and synthesized in subsequent decisions. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Trademark application backlog due to understaffing, slow response to pandemic: lawyer Antonio Turco, Chari Prenol Slaney Turco.

A Toronto lawyer is calling out Canada’s trademark issuing agency for a backlog in handling Canadian trademark applications and a practice of allowing foreign applicants to leapfrog ahead. Intellectual Property lawyer Antonio Turco says a backlog in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s (CIPO) examination of domestic applications is detrimental to Canadians, generally, but especially bad for small businesses — many of which lack the resources to obtain faster service by applying through international channels. ... [read more]