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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

My brief but exciting career as frontline hero | Ken Hill

This week I was dragged out of my simple life of retirement leisure when my dear spouse, who had answered the call of duty herself and has been filling in for a fallen principal comrade, asked me to help out. The carnage in the school system is such that they can’t get qualified substitute teachers, so I have been called in as a warm body a few times. After nearly early 40 years of civil litigation practice I was confident that I could handle anything an elementary school could throw at me. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

COVID-19 vaccine injury lawsuits — Don’t count on it | Jasmine Daya

The entire world is eagerly awaiting completion of the final trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Canadian government has reportedly secured deals to obtain the vaccine and has commenced plans for effective distribution. As a personal injury lawyer, I am thinking ahead to the liability perspective and concerned that the Canadian government does not appear to have done anything on this front to protect Canadians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 7:34 AM

Bill would pave way for Quebec law students to provide legal advice and consultations Gilles de Saint-Exupéry

The heads of Quebec’s law schools welcomed a new bill that would allow law students working at university legal clinics to give legal advice and consultations under the supervision of lawyers and notaries, a development that would finally put them within reach of what law students in the rest of the country can provide. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 2:27 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal rules pandemic should not trigger automatic bail reviews Christine Mainville sm

In its first full-panel ruling regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the bail analysis, the Ontario Court of Appeal has found in a split decision that the pandemic does not in every case constitute a material change in circumstances automatically warranting a new bail hearing. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Looking beyond COVID-19 and U.S. election: Nearshoring IT talent in Canada businessman_window_sm

By definition, nearshoring is “a form of offshoring and describes transferring work to another country geographically close to your home country to reduce costs and increase work, travel and communication quality.” (InterVenture Sourcing AG) Thanks to the U.S. immigration restrictions, we could expand the definition and add: “and overcome immigration hurdles.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Ottawa invests $1.5 billion in workforce agreements with provinces, territories Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government is spending $1.5 billion to assist people who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic re-enter the workforce. The new funding, which was revealed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Nov. 13, is part of workforce development agreements (WDAs) Ottawa has negotiated with the provinces and territories. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Beyond COVID-19 and the election: Canadian immigration solutions for U.S.-based IT companies businessman_window_sm

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. presidential election, it’s clear that the U.S.-based information technology (IT) companies should look elsewhere to host their foreign talent. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 4:10 PM

Judges lack awareness of increased risks of domestic violence amid pandemic: study Jennifer Koshan

Canadian judges have demonstrated very little awareness over the heightened risks of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that should prompt judges to attend comprehensive legal training over what the United Nations has described as the “shadow pandemic,” according to human rights and legal aid experts. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Kids, classes and COVID: Case law regarding parental conflict over school attendance during pandemic COVID mask and school materials

Many separated and divorced parents have faced wrenching decisions about their children’s schooling this fall, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

Impact of presidential election on U.S. and Canadian immigration: Part Two whitehouse_podium_sm

Perhaps the largest elephant in the room as it pertains to immigration and cross-border mobility between Canada and the U.S. is the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, Canada’s executive branch has introduced a number of orders-in-council pursuant to the Quarantine Act, which have heavily restricted movement between the countries. ... [read more]