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Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

Alberta introduces new public health measures for COVID-19 hot spot communities Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has brought in new mandatory public health measures to address growing COVID-19 cases in hot spot communities as the province continues its fight against the third wave of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 2:38 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

Nova Scotia courts turning to widespread use of Microsoft Teams

Having suspended most in-person proceedings due to rising numbers of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s courts will soon begin universal use of a popular videoconferencing platform for matters deemed fit to be carried out virtually. According to an April 29 notice, matters where a judge has given approval to proceed will be conducted using telephone or Microsoft Teams, an online communication platform that allows for group chat and videoconferencing. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 1:03 PM

Canadian pandemic elections can follow Caribbean’s lead Cayman Islands beach

It certainly looks as if a federal election is around the corner. Nomination battles are ongoing,  Elections Canada is recruiting poll workers, and new federal leaders are running in byelections hoping to secure seats. Perhaps the most telltale sign of all, the federal budget of April 19 has many typical pre-election spending promises. If held this year, the 44th General Election will be Canada’s sixth federal election in 20 years. And while Canadians have voted in many unique situations, such as world wars and economic uncertainty, none will test our democratic resiliency more than going to the polls during the global health crisis known as COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Alberta bill would make COVID-19 lawsuits against health-care providers more difficult: professor Erin Nelson, professor and Katz Group chair in health law, University of Alberta

Alberta has followed the lead of other provinces by introducing legislation which would protect health-care providers from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill, which is being sponsored by United Conservative Party (UCP) MLA Richard Gotfried, would extend civil liability protections to Alberta Health Services, regulated health professionals and facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities who have followed public health orders and guidance throughout the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 5:21 PM

Ontario announces plan to offer three paid sick days

Responding to demands from its own science advisory table to provide a provincial paid sick day program to curb the spread of COVID-19, Ontario has announced plans for a temporary program that would allow workers to take three sick days paying up to $200 a day. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 11:48 AM

COVID-19 pandemic: Time to reassess corrections | Lee Chapelle

Was recently on TVO’s The Agenda, invited to speak to the recent report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and others, raising concerns about the increasing incarceration numbers within Canadian jails and prisons, in correlation with the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to my desire to flesh the subject out more thoroughly, particularly, to the right “audience.”   ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: The details | Colin Singer

Further to our series on hiring temporary foreign workers, as part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) requirements employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 4:30 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:28 PM

Ottawa sending military medical personnel to Ontario, Nova Scotia to help with health crisis Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending military medical personnel to help with surging numbers of COVID-19 in Ontario but is passing on the province’s offer to boost the federal government’s sick leave benefit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 2:47 PM

Ontario opens COVID-19 shots to child-care workers and those aged 45-plus

Ontario is opening up its mass vaccination clinics in designated hot-spot areas to people aged 45 and over in 2021 and child-care workers at licensed child-care facilities. Effective April 27, those meeting the new age requirement in 13 of Ontario’s 35 public health districts will be able to use the provincial online booking system to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination, according to an April 27 government news release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

With Ontario finally getting paid leave, let’s be generous | David Israelson

Now that Premier Doug Ford has relented and says he will bring in paid sick leave for Ontario workers — after voting against it 19 times — it’s time to look at what should go into any new provincial legislation. ... [read more]