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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

Probation order in Alberta COVID-19 protest case raising free speech concerns Sarah Miller, JSS Barristers

An Alberta judge has ordered a Calgary-based pastor and his brother to include positive messaging about public health restrictions after being convicted of contempt for defying a court order enforcing community compliance of the province’s COVID-19 response, a move which is raising concerns about its constitutionality and whether it amounts to compelled speech. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Why go back to the courthouse? | Gary Joseph

Let me begin by saying that I very much miss in-person court. I miss the interactions with my colleagues at the bar. I miss the formality of the courtroom. I miss the vibe of the courthouse. I even miss “robing up.” Further, I believe that the courthouse is a symbol of our democracy, the rule of law which we all should cherish, and I love to be a participant in the role it plays in our society, but … as we move closer to in-person attendances, I ask why go back? ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Northwest Territories mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all government employees

On Oct. 18, the government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced amendments to its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which “expand application of the policy to all employees of the GNWT.” “As of November 30th, 2021, all GNWT employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Previously, the policy only applied to GNWT employees working with vulnerable populations,” the announcement explained. ... [read more]

Monday, October 18, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Rights group sues Ontario government over proof of vaccination

On Oct. 18, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) announced it has launched a legal challenge, on behalf of eight Ontarians, against the province’s proof of vaccination mandate. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Dropping bro on his head? Reasonably foreseeable, your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

Mistakes. Also known as errors, blunders or in my best legalese, boo-boos. Do lawyers make any? ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Ontario issues enhanced vaccine certificates, stresses need for health-care staff to get vaccinated Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford

On Oct. 15, the Ontario government made the “enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code” as well as the “verification app, Verify Ontario,” available for download. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal releases ‘tentative’ model for in-person proceedings

On Oct. 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal shared a “tentative” model for returning to in-person proceedings with some legal organizations. The model gives counsel the choice to attend court virtually and maintains that “observers, including clients, the media, and members of the public, will not attend in-person.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

Radical simple solution to B.C. Supreme Court backlog | Kyla Lee

I wrote a few months ago about the absolutely broken scheduling system in B.C. Supreme Court’s Vancouver civil chambers. Since that time, our office has still been unable to book a lengthy chambers hearing for even a single matter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Quebec extends vaccination deadline for health-care workers to Nov. 15

Quebec is extending its deadline for health-care and social service workers to be fully vaccinated or face suspension. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Can unvaccinated foreign travellers leave Canada by air after Oct. 30? Stop sign with pic of airplane on it

On Oct. 6, the government of Canada announced that as of Oct. 30, Canada would require employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Further, effective Oct. 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports to travel within Canada or outside of Canada, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. ... [read more]