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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

With Ontario finally getting paid leave, let’s be generous | David Israelson

Now that Premier Doug Ford has relented and says he will bring in paid sick leave for Ontario workers — after voting against it 19 times — it’s time to look at what should go into any new provincial legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Alberta launches ‘long overdue’ review of occupational health and safety code Alberta Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping

The Alberta government is looking to update the province’s occupational health and safety (OHS) code to keep pace with workplace change and technological advances — taking place in an environment in which labour and employment lawyers say has required them to look at health and safety issues through a different lens. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: A year later: What does COVID-19 mean for you? Gary Mitchell

It is now just a little over one year since the world, including the legal world, got kicked in the briefs. And yes, that pun was intended. From lockdown to opening up, then back and forth between different levels of restrictions, it’s certainly been a challenging year. This column serves as a recap of what we have gone through, and some of what we can expect moving forward. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 4:13 PM

Supreme Court in Halifax moves back to ‘essential services model’, provincial court stops in-person hearings

Nova Scotia’s provincial court has suspended in-person proceedings across the province due to new cases of COVID-19, while its Supreme Court general division in Halifax has returned to an essential services model after some staff were told to self-isolate. According to an April 26 notice, the suspension of provincial court in-person hearings would be effective immediately and be in place until at least May 21, at which point the situation will be re-evaluated. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Potential conflict of child vaccination during COVID: More areas of impact Silhouette of woman about to give child a needle

In a prior article (see below for link) we discussed the topic of separated parents and the decision of whether to vaccinate their child against the virus may become contentious. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Nova Scotia suspends in-person court proceedings in Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia Chief Judge Pamela Williams

Effective April 26, Nova Scotia’s chief judge of the provincial and family courts is suspending in-person court proceedings in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in response to suddenly rising COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: Employer responsibilities | Colin Singer

The employer must ensure the temporary worker has the right entry document, either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. These documents are issued with the work permit when coming to Canada from another country. Depending on the type of work they will do in Canada and where they lived the previous year, temporary workers may have to undergo a medical examination during the application process. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Cops coming your way? Relax, we’ve got you COVID | Marcel Strigberger

Can I enter my law office during this stay-at-home order period? Many lawyers are concerned, asking what if the police show up? Certainly on the face of it, the government is sending a message prohibiting attendance, or putting it bluntly in the words of Yosemite Sam: BACK OFF! ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:02 PM

Ottawa suspends flights from India, Pakistan; B.C. announces travel restrictions Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

With Canada in the throes of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians both federally and provincially have taken steps to crack down on travel. Transport Canada has suspended all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, as of April 22. Passengers who depart India or Pakistan via an indirect route will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Northwest Territories sets out strict rules for resumption of remote tourism

In an early sign of its reawakening economy, the Northwest Territories’ chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, has given the green light to tourism operators in remote areas to host clients from outside the territory under strict guidelines this summer. ... [read more]