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Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

Climate change, municipalities and provincial politics | Bo Kruk

The derecho storm that blew through the Ottawa region on May 21 was the most significant storm in the area, to date. According to Ottawa’s regional utility company, over 400 utility poles were damaged. There were only 50 poles impacted in the Ice Storm of 1998, and 88 poles after the 2018 tornadoes. Record-breaking meteorological events are increasing annually. However, if we follow government policies as of November 2021, there is over a 95 per cent chance of exceeding the 1.5°C target under the Paris Agreement of 2015. While the world continues to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectre of climate change looms in the shadows. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 9:58 AM

Arbitration in the metaverse: Access to justice Hand holding metaverse globe

This is the second in a three-part series that examines the role the metaverse could play in the future of dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. In the previous article, Anthony Daimsis explained what led to the University of Ottawa becoming the first law faculty to run a moot in the metaverse. This article describes the pros and cons of running a hearing in the metaverse. In the third article, Barry Leon will comment on these observations and draw on his own experience in conducting virtual arbitrations to offer his perspective on how virtual reality technology may have a transformative role in dispute resolution, even if it is in its infancy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:46 PM

Rouleau Inquiry gives standing to law groups, ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers but not Conservative Party

The independent commission reviewing Ottawa’s declaration of a public order emergency during COVID-19 vaccine mandate protests last winter has granted standing to 20 of the 39 individuals and groups who asked to participate — including legal and civil liberties groups and “Freedom Convoy” organizers, but not to the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 11:33 AM

Time to revisit COVID-19 leave regulations | Joan Michaels

With the outbreak of the COVID-19, governments have raced to implement measures to manage the spread of the virus. These measures have included mandatory quarantine requirements, self-isolation, wearing masks in public places, etc. The mantra has been: “Let the science lead the way.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part two | Joan Rataic-Lang

If you read my first article you know that I received a jury summons. I was torn between my responsibility as a citizen vs. the challenges of work and potentially missing some of my planned vacation while sitting on a jury. I know the altruist in all of us would say, absolutely if given the chance you must appear on a jury, but let’s be real. It’s easy to justify why the inconvenience should not apply to me. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 11:24 AM

Arbitration awards religious exemption | Barry W. Bussey

Religious or conscientious objectors to the COVID-19 vaccine have paid a high price for their principles over the last year in Canada. Many lost jobs (even when working from home) or were “unenrolled” from university (even with online classes). Others missed precious, once-in-a-lifetime events, like a family wedding or the birth of a distant grandchild, because they were not allowed to fly or take a train. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 8:34 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part one | Joan Rataic-Lang

Today I have to appear at the local courthouse, in response to my third jury summons. The first time I was called, I had a trip planned, and was able to send them a copy of the flight itinerary, and I was deferred. That means I was still on the list and should expect a summons again. I got one, for late March 2020. COVID-19 and the shutdown of the court system in Ontario took care of that. I got my last summons a month or so ago and wondered about my fate. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

Justice denied | Barry W. Bussey

Philosopher Thomas Sowell once quipped, “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats, procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

Ottawa to ‘suspend’ COVID-19 mandates for domestic, outbound travellers, workers in federal sectors

Ottawa says it will “suspend,” as of June 20, the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound travellers, as well as for most workers in the federally regulated transportation sectors, and employees in the “core” federal government administration, including the RCMP. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 1:32 PM

Alberta to lift remaining health restrictions

Alberta is taking the final step in its plan to ease public health measures as the province moves past the omicron variant and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline. ... [read more]