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Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 9:03 AM

Appeal Court ruling on video hearings could impact courts during pandemic, says lawyer Amy Ohler, founding partner, AJO Law, Toronto

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision endorsing a lower court’s finding that a not criminally responsible (NCR) accused woman cannot be forced to attend a video hearing against her will could have wider implications for courts during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a Toronto lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Changes to post-graduation work permit open pathways for international students International students graduating

Canada has consistently been ranked as one of the best countries to immigrate to. Most skilled workers immigrate to Canada under the economic class that uses the Express Entry case management system. Within that management system, candidates will receive a comprehensive ranking system score based on their skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. Candidates in the online Express Entry pool with the highest score would normally receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 5:11 PM

Ontario implements another provincewide stay-at-home order, third state of emergency

Under growing pressure from doctors, hospitals and some local medical officers of health, Ontario has declared its third state of emergency and issued a provincewide stay-at-home order effective April 8 at 12:01 a.m. in a desperate bid to reverse a dramatic increase in new cases of COVID-19 variants and relieve overflowing hospital ICUs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta moves back to ‘step one’ of COVID-19 restrictions as cases rise in province Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta is moving back into step one of its four-step COVID-19 restriction framework as part of its fight against the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 4:18 PM

Trudeau talks Safe Start Agreement; health minister talks inquiry Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

As a punishing third wave of COVID-19 grips Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the “final instalment” of Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar Safe Start Agreement is being given to the provinces and territories. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

Nova Scotia opens COVID-19 compliant courthouse

A high-tech, COVID-19 compliant “criminal jury courthouse” has opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. The courthouse, in Dartmouth, N.S., opened March 31 and has been specially designed for the physical distancing of those inside. According to a news release, it is the first of its kind to be opened in Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 4:36 PM

Ontario implements provincewide shutdown again as COVID-19 variants soar Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Faced with a growing flood of ICU patients stricken with more infectious COVID-19 variants, Ontario is implementing an “emergency brake shutdown” across the province for at least one month effective April 3 at 12:01 a.m. — but a group of ICU physicians says the measures do not go far enough. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Virtual health care: Managing privacy risks part two Doctor seeing patient virtually

In the first article in this two-part series, we identified some of the privacy and security risks associated with virtual health care and offer general guidance on how they may be managed. In the course of this discussion, we highlight some of the key recommendations contained in a guideline recently issued by the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, titled Privacy and security considerations for virtual health care visits (the IPC Virtual Care Guideline). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 2:14 PM

Virtual health care: Managing privacy risks part one Virtual doctor consultation

The ongoing shift to virtual health care has brought with it new privacy and security risks. “Virtual health care” refers to the use of video or audio technology communications to provide non-urgent, non-emergency health-care services remotely in real time. Virtual health-care services may include medical consults, counselling, coaching, psycho-education, intervention services and other direct services. And they are becoming increasingly common as the pandemic enters its second year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 4:41 PM

Trudeau urges vaccine participation, talks AstraZeneca reactions Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintains the right COVID-19 vaccine for any Canadian is “the very first vaccine that you are offered,” despite recent concerns raised around reactions occurring in some overseas recipients of AstraZeneca. ... [read more]