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Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario premier indicates paid sick day program is coming, but offers no details Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has committed to announcing a provincial paid sick days program within days, but offered no detail at an April 22 news conference broadcast from the backyard of a Toronto home where the premier was in isolation after a staff member contracted COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario Superior Court urges deferral of proceedings due to stay-at-home order

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has announced that, effective immediately, it will defer as many matters as possible due to the current, provincewide stay-at-home order. The deferral decision includes virtual hearings and is intended to reduce the number of court staff, counsel or parties required to leave their homes to participate in court proceedings, the court said in an April 20 notice to the profession and public. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

B.C. budget focuses on COVID-19, future economic growth CBABC president Jennifer Brun

British Columbia has outlined its fiscal plan for the next three years, and like their federal cousins B.C. lawmakers are focusing on the short-term need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term focus on job growth and economic recovery. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

The demise of oral advocacy? | Gary Joseph

This week I had the privilege of arguing two difficult appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal. I am a perfectionist and my own biggest critic, so later while reflecting on my advocacy this week, I had time to pause and think about how I got to this point in my career. More specifically how whatever skills I do possess as an advocate, came to be. Two immediate thoughts came to mind, watching and doing. Having a great interest in the development of young advocates, I then reflected on what opportunities I had that perhaps they do not and will not have to develop their skills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

New Alberta public health bill repeals controversial COVID-19 powers Jay Cameron, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

The government of Alberta has introduced new legislation aimed at curbing some of the concerns raised about the powers it has used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but legal observers are noting it does not address concerns about too much power being put in the hands of the provincial medical officer of health to issue orders without adequate oversight by elected representatives. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 4:09 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Toronto, Peel Region implement powers to close workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region

Two of Ontario’s largest public health regions are taking action to close workplaces that have had five or more COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days, pre-empting what numerous doctors have been calling on the province to do. Toronto and Peel Region both announced April 20 that they will issue the closure orders under s. 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, shutting workplaces for a minimum of 10 days. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 10:18 AM

Ontario family justice in ‘lockdown’ Books, Blind Justice and COVID-19 virus

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the family justice system into “lockdown.” Courthouses were closed, along with in-court services such as Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) and duty counsel. Courts initially heard only “urgent” matters, and a “triage” system was developed to determine which cases met the threshold for a hearing. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4:48 PM

Federal budget about finishing fight against COVID-19: Freeland Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal Liberal government has released its first budget in more than two years, with a fiscal plan aimed at jobs and growth as Canada begins the long process of healing from the wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 3:14 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 10:14 AM

Ontario curbs COVID-19 police powers; OBA raises concern about law office inspections

Ontario has taken steps to limit increased pandemic policing powers amid a chorus of public concern, a potential lawsuit and statements by several police forces saying they will not randomly stop individuals to enforce compliance with COVID-19 public health restrictions. ... [read more]