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Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 10:07 AM

Often imitated, but never duplicated: The ‘Notorious’ | Jasmine Daya

I recall the day I welled up in tears as I watched a documentary on the Notorious RBG. I felt overwhelmed with emotion over what this little woman with huge passion had accomplished to pave the way for women. I was once again filled with emotion upon hearing of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 3:31 PM

Compassion over compliance: From retributive to restorative justice | Marvin Zuker

Prior to COVID-19 closing schools and changing our way of life, our schools had been failing many of our children. The disproportionate suspension and expulsion of Black students was the norm. Teachers had low expectations of these students. There were schools in Ontario with more police officers than counsellors. Our students need our support, not punishment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 10:09 AM

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With all the focus on the upcoming U.S. elections, it seems like everyone is having conversations about mail-in ballots, voter registration, poll worker recruitment and potential delays in reporting results. Canada also has provincial elections coming up in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and by-elections in Toronto Centre and York Centre. A global health crisis will not slow down the democratic franchise. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 3:37 PM

Ontario Superior Court temporarily suspends jury selection in Toronto, Ottawa and Brampton Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz sm

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has announced that new jury selection is suspended for the next 28 days in Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa to align with the province’s return to “modified” stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions in those regions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Legislative protection for remote workers: A Canadian proposal | Tara Vasdani

As I began my employment law work in the digital nomad and remote workspace in 2018, I could not have predicted its uptick in 2020. Curious, courageous and inquisitive, I sought to explore how cybersecurity, contract law and employment legislation could or should apply to workers working outside of the jurisdiction of their employers, or at home. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Windsor Law report examines impact of pandemic on municipal governance Anneke Smit sm

Participatory democracy and community consultation have suffered in some Canadian cities as the pandemic puts municipal governance under unprecedented pressure, according to a report by the Centre for Cities at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 7:40 AM

GENERAL PRINCIPLES - Practice directions

Direction regarding the meaning and application of s. 6 of the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) enacted by An Act Respecting Further COVID-19 Measures. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 5:10 PM

Ontario imposes stage 2 restrictions on Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region as new COVID cases soar

Faced with the province’s highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government has announced it will move Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region back into “modified” stage 2 restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

Ottawa announces new and extended programs to aid businesses, non-profits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa has unveiled a set of new support programs for businesses as Canada posted its highest ever one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases and firmly entered the second wave of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

Give thanks in 2020? Objection, Your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

“Thank you. Thank you very much." I doubt even the King, Elvis, were he around, could say it and mean it this Thanksgiving. ... [read more]