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Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 12:08 PM

Ottawa revokes national emergency declaration, but judicial review cases ongoing in Federal Court Christine Van Geyn

Advocacy groups seeking judicial review of the federal government’s rollout of emergency powers during the illegal “Freedom Convoy” blockades in the capital and at Canada-U.S. border crossings say their court cases continue, notwithstanding Ottawa’s revocation of its declaration of a public order national emergency. ... [read more]

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 4:46 PM

Cabinet ministers defend legality, need for Ottawa’s declaration of ‘public order’ emergency Marco Mendicino

Reacting to court challenges announced on Feb. 17 to Ottawa’s declaration of a “public order” emergency, federal cabinet ministers vigorously defended the need to roll out extraordinary enforcement powers under the federal Emergencies Act which, among other things, compel financial institutions to freeze suspected “Freedom Convoy” participants’ bank accounts, enable police to commandeer tow trucks to help dismantle the big rigs blocking Ottawa’s streets and authorize police to control access to a large “red zone” they have cordoned off in the nation’s capital. ... [read more]

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 3:59 PM

B.C. begins ‘transition of employees back into the workplace’

Employers in British Columbia are no longer required to allow their workers to work from home following a change to the province’s COVID-19 protocols. According to a Feb. 17 news release, B.C. public health officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry has made the adjustment to the Provincial Health Officer Order on Workplace Safety “to support the transition of employees back into the workplace.” ... [read more]

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 3:36 PM

‘In-person learning at Osgoode is not safe,’ law student group says

As the province of Ontario eases public health measures, law students at Osgoode Hall continue to raise concerns about equitable learning in the face of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

Parliament suspends debate on emergency measures as police move in to clear blockades in Ottawa

The House of Commons suspended its debate on the federal government’s declaration of a public order emergency as hundreds of police began the process to remove demonstrators and their trucks from the parliamentary precinct and the “red zone” in downtown Ottawa. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 2:32 PM

Powers to deal with convoy protest constrained by Charter, uncertainty: law profs

With the federal government invoking its emergency powers to deal with the “Freedom Convoy” protest which has engulfed Ottawa for the past month and has led to related actions like the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge, legal scholars are saying rhetoric surrounding the “sweeping powers” Ottawa has supposedly given itself are exaggerated, but questions still remain about the extent of the action policymakers can take in response to the crisis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 8:36 AM

Ottawa soon to relax COVID-19 travel restrictions, testing for fully vaxxed travellers

At the end of the month fully vaccinated travellers arriving from anywhere will no longer be required to test for COVID-19 on arrival, unless they are randomly selected for testing. Nor will travellers selected for testing be required to quarantine while awaiting the test result, a Feb. 15 Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) press release announced. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 @ 1:52 PM

Ottawa’s sweeping new emergency powers aimed at ‘Freedom Convoy’ could boost demand for legal advice Chrystia Freeland

Canadian lawyers can expect to be in demand today as companies and individuals seek their advice following the federal government’s rollout of novel national emergency powers — including authorizations to freeze commercial and personal bank accounts, suspend motor vehicle insurance policies and “direct” tow truck companies and others to help authorities end the trucker blockades aimed at governments and pandemic health restrictions. ... [read more]

Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 1:36 PM

Ontario easing public health restrictions on Feb. 17; Ford says ‘anarchy’ won’t be tolerated

On Feb. 11, the Ontario government announced that public health measurers would be eased in the province as of Feb. 17 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 10:29 AM

Djokovic’s Australian COVID-19 volley | Diane Sims

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Dick the Butcher suggests as the gang lusts for the crown in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 2. Unum, quite an intriguing thought as the world watched Australia and its gang of lawyers wring their hands with the fate of Serbian star tennis player Novak Djokovic. ... [read more]