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Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 3:14 PM

Ontario changes COVID-19 restrictions for eight regions, eases public dining rules

Effective March 22, eight of Ontario’s public health regions have been moved to different COVID-19 restriction zones, two days after the government relaxed rules for public dining in some areas, including Toronto. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Swearing in court: The upside | Marcel Strigberger

Here’s why you should swear at work, according to science. And here’s an Ontario judge who recently did just this. More about that to follow. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 1:55 PM

Ontario opens COVID-19 vaccination to those 75 and older, expands pharmacy rollout

Ontario is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to residents aged 75 and older starting March 22. Those eligible may arrange a vaccination appointment through the province’s recently unveiled online booking system or call centre. In a March 19 news release, the government also announced the expansion of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout through pharmacies for Ontarians aged 60 and older. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Rights and obligations: Health and safety of foreign workers Suitcase with mask and hand sanitizer

The importance of permanent immigration to Canada’s prosperity is well understood. What is less well known is the critical role that temporary foreign workers play in Canada’s economic prosperity. For example, in 2019 alone, almost 500,000 foreign nationals were issued a work permit. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

Nova Scotia court to up its use of livestreaming Chief Justice Michael Wood, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

In the name of maintaining the open court principle, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is increasing its use of webcasting for the next several months. For the last year, like their counterparts across the country, Nova Scotia’s courts have either shut down, reduced operations or altered procedures as part of extensive efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

New, improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes, it, unfortunately, has not changed some things. One such thing is the presence of fraud and scams. Fraudsters and scam artists do not take a vacation during economic downturns. They actually become more active. Since March 2020, there have been more than 10,000 Canadian reports of fraud and Canadians have lost $7 million to fraud. Some scam artists have “cashed in” on COVID-19 and created scams specific to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Ontario moves Ottawa area to Red-Control level of COVID restrictions Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health

Faced with worsening COVID-19 trends, Ontario is moving the Ottawa Public Health region to the Red-Control level of its pandemic response framework effective March 19 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 1:17 PM

One year after U.S.-Canada border closure: Where do we stand? Border closed due to COVID-19

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-Canada Border closure on March 21, 2021, which will mark a full year of suspended land movement between the two countries. The U.S.-Canada border first closed on March 21, 2020, and the closure order has been extended each month since. The closure order was most recently extended through March 21, 2021 and will likely be extended beyond that date. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Women in law: Where are we now? | Jasmine Daya

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements. Over the years, I have become more appreciative of this day, perhaps as I gain a better understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, wife and mother, among my many other roles. This year, I fear my gender has regressed within the practice of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency; limitation period suspension ends March 25 Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency for the 26th time, marking a year since the declaration was issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]