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Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Ottawa invests $1.5 billion in workforce agreements with provinces, territories Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government is spending $1.5 billion to assist people who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic re-enter the workforce. The new funding, which was revealed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Nov. 13, is part of workforce development agreements (WDAs) Ottawa has negotiated with the provinces and territories. ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Beyond COVID-19 and the election: Canadian immigration solutions for U.S.-based IT companies businessman_window_sm

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. presidential election, it’s clear that the U.S.-based information technology (IT) companies should look elsewhere to host their foreign talent. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 4:10 PM

Judges lack awareness of increased risks of domestic violence amid pandemic: study Jennifer Koshan

Canadian judges have demonstrated very little awareness over the heightened risks of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that should prompt judges to attend comprehensive legal training over what the United Nations has described as the “shadow pandemic,” according to human rights and legal aid experts. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Kids, classes and COVID: Case law regarding parental conflict over school attendance during pandemic COVID mask and school materials

Many separated and divorced parents have faced wrenching decisions about their children’s schooling this fall, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

Impact of presidential election on U.S. and Canadian immigration: Part Two whitehouse_podium_sm

Perhaps the largest elephant in the room as it pertains to immigration and cross-border mobility between Canada and the U.S. is the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, Canada’s executive branch has introduced a number of orders-in-council pursuant to the Quarantine Act, which have heavily restricted movement between the countries. ... [read more]

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]