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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

Northwest Territories suspends travel to Yukon due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Northwest Territories’ Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) temporarily suspended its travel exemption to the Yukon on June 15 “due to the ongoing outbreak situation in Yukon Territory.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Why so many claims settle | Stuart Rudner

We know that only a tiny percentage of claims filed make it all the way to trial; I have always understood that it is less than two per cent. So why is it that so many cases settle before trial? Cost is often a big factor, but in many cases, it comes down to a decision between a known outcome that the parties can control vs. an unpredictable judgment sometime in the future. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 3:32 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 3:49 PM

Canada receiving enough doses to fully vaccinate country by the fall, feds say

Vaccination dose delivery across the country is accelerating and infection rates are dropping, government of Canada officials announced in a press conference on June 15. Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental affairs, said “to date, 74 per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of vaccine, with the administration of second doses continuing to ramp up substantially.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Have Canadians been hoodwinked? | Murray Fallis

There are few things people like less than feeling actively deceived. Feeling misled, feeling hoodwinked, feeling as though things just aren’t what they believed. The introduction of Bill C-31 has left many with precisely that feeling. It has left us with hope for criminal justice policies that are unlikely to become real. As Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair knows, the Act to Amend the Criminal Records Act will not become law before the summer recess. If the rumours of an upcoming election are true, then this bill will surely die. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 10:56 AM

Constructive dismissal, infectious disease emergency leave: Debate rages on Two cartoon men debating

The Ontario Superior Court’s April 27, 2021, ruling in Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd. 2021 ONSC 3076, further provoked an already spirited debate among employment lawyers regarding the proper interpretation and application of Ontario Regulation 228/20 (Infectious Disease Emergency Leave or IDEL Regulation); namely, whether the regulation effectively operates to bar an employee from pursuing a civil claim for constructive dismissal in circumstances where their hours of work or pay, or both, have been reduced or eliminated for reasons related to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 9:49 AM

The hangover: Charging party hosts with COVID-19 manslaughter, part one Unmasked people at a party

Can hosts of a party during the pandemic be charged with manslaughter? This question has increasingly been central to a powerful scholarly and legal debate across the country. The catalyst was the sentencing of Mohammad Movassaghi, in R. v. Movassaghi 2021 BCPC 112, who was charged with violating the British Columbia Public Health Order (PHO) for hosting a party for 78 people in a penthouse condo. During this time, provinces across Canada had issued similar public health orders that made illegal any non-essential indoor gatherings outside one’s own household. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Privacy, required COVID-19 vaccines highlighted at employment law webinar Rita De Fazio, staff lawyer at IAVGO Community Legal Clinic

COVID-19’s impact on worker’s rights and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), as well as whether or not employers can require a vaccine, were issues highlighted in a University of Toronto Faculty of Law webinar titled “Employment Law in Pandemic and Recovery.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 9:42 AM

Ontario shortens interval between vaccines for AstraZeneca to eight weeks

The Ontario government announced on June 12 that people who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can get their second dose eight weeks after their first shot, instead of waiting the customary 12 weeks. According to the government release, “with informed consent, individuals can choose between a second dose of AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine, at an eight to 12-week interval, recognizing that while waiting 12 weeks helps to ultimately provide more protection, some may choose to receive their second dose sooner to have the increased protection provided by a second dose earlier.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Reducing elder abuse among lonely widowed clients Line drawing of little old lady

In A Biography of Loneliness, published in 2019, author Fay Bound Alberti observed that the loneliness of bereavement is “a great leveller of experience; there is a depth of social and familial isolation linked to widow(er)hood, whether one is princess or pauper.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 4:55 PM

Vaccine donations by Canada won’t hurt national rollout: health official

Federal officials are confident Canada’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need will not disrupt its own rollout and goal to have most Canadians fully vaccinated by the end of September. When asked about this during a June 11 national update on the COVID-19 heath crisis, deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said it is possible to “walk and chew gum at the same time.” ... [read more]