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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

When in-person appearances are necessary Three people in court

In these trying times of pandemic, lawyers, judges and all justice system participants should be looking to the use of alternative means to proceed. Use of video links, greater use of agreed statements of fact and resolution of issues where possible needs to be encouraged. The Ontario Court of Justice states clearly in its communication that “the Court is committed to facilitating the conduct of proceedings by remote technology (video or phone) wherever possible and urges all judicial officials, parties and counsel to use remote proceedings unless an in-person appearance is required to ensure meaningful access to justice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

B.C. issues ‘circuit breaker’ protections to address rising COVID-19 case counts

British Columbia has issued new restrictions on indoor dining and fitness as it begins a three-week “circuit breaker” process to address the rise in COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 4:10 PM

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in Ontario; London moved to Red-Control

Ontario has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to other parts of the province and is tightening COVID-19 public health restrictions in London, moving the province’s fifth largest population centre to the Red-Control level effective March 30 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 11:43 AM

Third wave: A message from the authorities | David Israelson

Welcome to the third wave. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Ontario moves Hamilton to lockdown, lowers vaccine eligibility to age 70 in Toronto

“Concerning trends” have prompted Ontario to move Hamilton to the Grey-Lockdown level of COVID-19 public health restrictions effective March 29 at 12:01 a.m. At the same time, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes Cornwall, will be moved to Red-Control and, effective March 26, the Timiskaming Health Unit has been moved to Red-Control under Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 2:49 PM

When the future repeats itself | Marcel Strigberger

Is this the end of the age of Aquarius? It might be for astrologist Madalyn Aslan, who until recently had a syndicated horoscope column in numerous newspapers including the Toronto Star. Unfortunately for Asian, a Star editorial person noticed that she was recycling some of her predictions using the same or similar ones over again on different days. For example, she predicted something like on a Virgo day what she had predicted on an Aries and another day, about today emphasizing the home which becomes “truly your castle.”  ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Court leaves trail of sour grapes for Locust Lane wineries Deep red wine in a glass

In Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. v. Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp. 2021 FC 156, Justice Richard Southcott of the Federal Court issued a judgment on an application brought by Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. (Hidden Bench) against neighbouring winery Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp. (LLEW), that sought damages for passing off based on prior rights to the name and mark LOCUST LANE. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Confidence in virtual proceedings important for justice system Headphone and mike on a laptop

Confidence in virtual proceedings is important for the justice system now that it seems clear that virtual is going to be a part of how civil, criminal and administrative hearings in Canada, and globally, will be conducted long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Ottawa proposes $7.2B in funding for health care, municipalities Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has introduced legislation which would provide $7.2 billion in support for urgent health-care needs as Canada continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

Impact of a pandemic on notice periods | Stuart Rudner

I am starting to see it more frequently in the mediation briefs that are submitted to me; either: The pandemic has resulted in decreased job opportunities and, as a result, the period of reasonable notice should be extended. OR The pandemic has decimated the company/industry, local, provincial, federal or global economy, and the company’s severance obligations should be reduced to reflect the dire financial straits they find themselves in. ... [read more]