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Wednesday, November 03, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Ontario expanding COVID-19 booster eligibility to more high-risk groups

On Nov. 3, the Ontario government announced eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be expanded to “additional groups of high-risk individuals starting November 6, 2021.” “Over the coming months,” a government release noted, “Ontario is also prepared to gradually roll out booster doses to all Ontarians aged 12 and over.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 @ 1:10 PM

Ottawa announces regional airports that can get international passenger flights effective Nov. 30

The federal government says it is easing its restrictions on international flight arrivals in Canada, effective Nov. 30, 2021. Transport Canada announced Nov. 2 it is expanding the scope of its Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that currently directs international passenger flights into 10 Canadian airports, to permit international passenger flights to land in eight additional Canadian airports. ... [read more]

Monday, November 01, 2021 @ 11:42 AM

Insurer’s attempt to limit access to benefits rejected by Divisional Court Claim form rejected

Many people involved in motor vehicle accidents require rehabilitation in order to recover. Car insurance is designed to be a form of risk management and provides the insured individual with an assurance that certain expenses will be covered in defined circumstances. The recent case of Aviva Insurance Company of Canada v. Danay Suarez 2021 ONSC 6200, is an important decision for accident victims. It confirms that the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), which forms part of every consumer automobile insurance policy, was intended as consumer protection legislation to help accident victims access the benefits they need and are entitled to. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 1:57 PM

Feds issue further guidance on mandatory vaccination for travellers, transportation employees

On Oct. 29, the federal government reinforced its commitment to mandatory vaccination for travellers “flying on domestic, transborder, or international flights” departing from Canadian airports, transportation sector employees, as well as “rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.” Mandatory vaccination for travel comes into effect as of Oct. 30. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 12:43 PM

Ontario invests over $72 million to address ‘unprecedented backlog of criminal cases’ Doug Downey, Attorney General

On Oct. 29, the Ontario government announced an investment of “over $72 million over two years” to address the “unprecedented backlog of criminal cases that have accumulated in the justice system as a result of the pandemic.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Death by COVID-19 is not my choice | Diane Sims

The struggle of where a person’s privacy and human rights end and mandated vaccines begin is in my face with personal support workers (PSWs) mere inches away. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 3:51 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal resuming in-person hearings

On Oct. 26, the Ontario Court of Appeal announced that it would resume hearing in-person appeals starting Nov. 8. “The Court will begin hearing criminal appeals and panel motions in person on November 8 and will begin hearing civil appeals and panel motions in person on November 15,” the announcement explained, noting that “inmate appeals, single-judge motions, purge court, and status court will continue to be heard remotely until further notice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 1:42 PM

Vaccine passports: Judge-proof by design | Heather MacIvor

As these words are written, public life in Ontario is slowly reviving. Indoor spaces that were dark and deserted for months on end are filling up. Schools have reopened. White-collar workers are trickling back to the office. This gradual return to pre-pandemic society is made possible by vaccines that prime the human immune system against the COVID-19 virus. And because the vaccinated look just like the unvaccinated, governments are creating mechanisms for fully immunized people to identify themselves before entering places with a heightened risk of transmission. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Manitoba public health orders ‘necessary, reasonable and justified’: chief justice holds Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal

The chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench has upheld the constitutionality of a number of public health orders (PHOs) borne out of the province’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, writing the factual underpinnings for managing a pandemic are rooted in predominantly scientific and medical matters which fall outside the expertise of courts. ... [read more]

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Ontario announces slow, incremental lifting of COVID-19 restrictions Premier Doug Ford

On Oct. 22, the Ontario government released a plan gradually lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. ... [read more]