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Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

COVID-19 gathering restrictions likely violate Charter, legal observers say Cara Zwibel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

As Canada deals with a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches and flu season ramps up, provincial governments have been taking steps that they contend will reduce exposure to the virus as a means of ensuring our hospitals will not be overwhelmed, such as restricting the number of people one can have in their home. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Lawyers hope long-term care legal actions will continue, despite pending Ontario legislation Pinta Maguire

Some class actions and lawsuits alleging negligence by Ontario long-term care facilities in the deaths of more than 2,000 residents and patients from COVID-19 could effectively be wiped out by legislation proposed by the Ontario government, says an expert on class actions. But two lawyers involved believe their legal actions could withstand the immunity law. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Ottawa to increase immigration for economic recovery Marco_Mendicino_sm

Canada’s government has tabled a plan to boost immigration levels over the next three years to counter a shortfall caused by travel restrictions thrown up due to COVID-19. On Oct. 30, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino tabled the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a strategy to boost Canada’s immigration targets in the name of economic recovery. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario family law event details recent innovations in service delivery LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly

The Law Society of Ontario’s Family Law Action Plan and initiatives by frontline family lawyers are making family law services more accessible than ever to ordinary litigants, says the society’s treasurer. Family lawyers and other attendees were treated to a whirlwind tour of some of those initiatives at an Oct. 28 virtual event during Ontario’s Access to Justice Week titled Family Justice System: Access to Justice and the Changing Landscape. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

Ford’s costume drama | Marcel Strigberger

This is as good a time as any to talk about strip clubs and Halloween.  ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Business lobby group calls on feds to deliver more aid to industry, post-pandemic recovery plan Goldy Hyder sm

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebound from its devastating economic impact, says one of the country’s leading business lobby groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

International students: Failing to satisfy study permit conditions laptop_books_sm

International students who have failed to satisfy their study permit conditions have been deemed inadmissible to Canada in the past. Inadmissible to Canada means that a person is either ineligible for admission into Canada or if the person has already entered is subject to removal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

B.C. extends state of emergency

The province of British Columbia announced that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Unfounded fear of U.S. limits productive solutions | Laurelly Dale

Most of us will never forget that distinct feeling of living life through the lens of a zombie apocalypse in the week of March 11. One major blow after another. Pandemic declared. Hockey is cancelled (!). Beloved Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have COVID-19. ... [read more]