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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Contagion: Government fear of religion during COVID-19 pandemic | Barry W. Bussey

When COVID-19 first emerged, the scientific and medical communities were primed to expect the worst, thanks to lessons learned from the SARS and Ebola outbreaks. Fearing unprecedented catastrophe, governments around the world took drastic action to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Borders, schools, stores, cinemas, gyms, bars and churches were closed as citizens were told to self-isolate. Mass gatherings were banned, streets were deserted, parks and green spaces were shrouded in police tape. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on personal injury claims in Ontario Person with broken arm filling form

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only made our justice system inaccessible for many but has placed an exceptional burden on disabled persons with personal injury claims. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency once again B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike FarnwortH

British Columbia announced that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency as the province continues to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on Nov. 24 to allow health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Ontario exotic dancers deserve right to twerk | Sean O’Donnell

Work Safe Twerk Safe (WSTS) is a Toronto-based, peer-to-peer advocacy group that represents the interests of strippers throughout Ontario and strives to protect the dignity, safety, livelihood and autonomy of strippers in the province. On Oct. 26, 2020, WSTS brought an application for judicial review in response to Ontario’s decision to enact legislation closing strip clubs in September and October due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

How Biden administration will change immigration welcome_immigration_sm

It may have taken half the week to get there, but the dust has settled and the U.S. has elected Joseph Biden to take Donald Trump’s place in January. Biden has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration reform. Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration over the course of four years in office. We saw nearly 400 miles of border wall constructed between the U.S. and Mexico, a travel freeze due to COVID-19, and a number of new visa restrictions aimed at Trump’s “Hire American” initiative to save U.S. jobs for unemployed Americans. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Refunds for cancelled flights will be key in COVID-19 aid to airlines

Ottawa is pledging that a future aid package for Canada’s battered and bruised airline industry will be contingent on refunds being given to customers for cancelled flights. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said Nov. 8 that while the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has “hit the air sector harder than any other” — passenger levels have plummeted due to travel restrictions and widespread fear of transmission — there have been “many Canadians who have been negatively affected.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Decision throws light on mechanics of parallel parenting parallel_parenting_sm

Parallel parenting has been recognized as a useful tool in high conflict cases. Decision making for the child(ren), often the core of the dispute, is parsed between parents. Educational decisions to one parent for example and medical decisions to the other. Religion and extracurricular may be split too. These arrangements can reduce parenting conflict and calm the seas of parental engagements. Courts have been increasing receptive to such accommodations. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Consider intersectional approach to your recruitment experience | Naomi Sayers

Often the legal industry talks about how progressive their own law practice is without critical examination into how their own recruitment experience closes the doors onto so many. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Action committee offers guidance on resuming court operations in remote, Indigenous communities Chief Justice Richard Wagner

A committee of justice officials established to guide court operations as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has issued new guidance on the safe restoration on court operations for northern, remote and Indigenous communities. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

Ottawa extends funding for innovative business subsidy

The federal government has announced it will spend over $155 million to extend an emergency wage subsidy aimed at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement Nov. 6. The money will go towards the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Innovation Assistance Program (IRAP IAP). ... [read more]