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Wednesday, August 03, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

Remote work trends around globe Globe

We are now over two years into the pandemic. From variants, to new strains, to record-level hospitalizations as well as vaccinations, #remotework has been critical for business continuity and ongoing employment. As countries across the globe grapple with legalizing (or not), codifying (or not), and regulating (or not) remote work in various industries, lawmakers are unifying on one front — remote work is no longer temporary, and workers deserve expanded protections. ... [read more]

Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 11:42 AM

Riding the COVID Flyer | John MacMillan

When I was a kid I loved my summer trip to the Canadian National Exhibition for an annual ride on a roller coaster called “The Flyer.” During its 39-year existence, The Flyer bore some nine million riders on its 2,600 feet of rusted iron track and creaking wooden beams; it likely has an OED entry under “rickety.” The thrill from riding the Flyer evoked a philosophical mix of hedonism and redemption: a gravitational thrill in loins and stomach, as well as the uplifting satisfaction of survival. ... [read more]

Friday, July 22, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

B.C. Appeal Court overturns ruling which lawyer says made conflict of interest laws too restrictive Wes Mussio, Mussio Goodman

B.C.’s top court has ruled that a Vancouver city councillor was not subject to an exemption from municipal conflict of interest rules after he supported a pandemic-related outdoor seating program for restaurants and bars, despite holding ownership stakes in two businesses which benefited from the scheme. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

Charter does not apply to doctors’ treatment decisions in vaccine-related case, Alberta judge rules

An Alberta judge has ruled it was not unconstitutional for doctors to deny an organ transplant to a patient who refuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 4:14 PM

Accessible information for online hearings needed, broadcast appellate courts: U of T researcher Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, University of Toronto

A study done by a University of Toronto (U of T) researcher on public access to online hearings during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of privacy and security while maintaining the open court principle, identifying best practices for the courts moving forward. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 9:43 AM

How not to handle accommodation | Stuart Rudner

The City of Toronto recently generated some unfortunate media coverage when it mishandled the need to accommodate Sikh security guards in the context of a mask mandate. Headlines included: ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 8:20 AM

Alberta case raises important questions on accountability for pandemic-related measures: law prof Paul Daly, University Research Chair in Administrative Law and Governance, University of Ottawa

An Alberta judge has ordered the province to hand over documentation related to a decision to lift mask mandates in schools, despite the government’s protests that it should remain confidential. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 4:09 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Independent business association urges governments to tackle cost issues

As Canada's premiers gather at the 2022 Council of Federation meeting in Victoria, B.C., on July 11-12, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on premiers and the federal government to address affordability problems that are hindering small businesses. ... [read more]

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]