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Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Hot mic catches ref offside Hockey referee

In March, referee Tim Peel was captured on a hot mic boasting about calling a penalty because he “wanted to.” In less than 24 hours, Peel’s employment with the National Hockey League (NHL) had been terminated. In its statement, the NHL said “Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 10:55 AM

Potential conflict of child vaccination during COVID Silhouette of woman about to give child a needle

When it comes to separated parents undergoing divorce, the existing points of contention are usually numerous. And with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as vaccine rollouts already underway across Canada, the decision on whether to vaccinate their child against the virus may become the next item on an already-long list. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 5:47 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order, tightens enforcement in bid to curb surging COVID-19 variants

Faced with potentially catastrophic COVID-19 modelling projections, Ontario is extending its state of emergency and stay-at-home order effective immediately and implementing tougher public health restrictions in an effort to control the rampant spread of the disease variants. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 2:38 PM

Witnesses: Putting the test in testimony | Marcel Strigberger

It was a cold Canadian winter morning. But let me get back to that in a moment. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 1:01 PM

Ontario ramps up inspections of construction sites and workplaces provincewide

Ontario is mobilizing a team of more than 200 workplace inspectors and provincial offences officers starting April 16 to inspect hundreds of construction sites and workplaces across the province as new COVID-19 cases reach unprecedented levels. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

April pay cut is constructive dismissal | Stuart Rudner

It doesn’t seem like it’s been over a year, but on April 2, 2020, my article in The Lawyer’s Daily was titled Constructive dismissal and COVID-19. In that post, I wrote that “How our courts will treat this unprecedented situation in the future remains to be seen.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Employee’s ‘ill-considered’ attempt to ignore COVID-19 screening led to firing: board

A former employee of a group living facility for disabled persons in Alberta who travelled to the United States and was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 has had his dismissal upheld by the provincial labour relations board. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

COVID-19 restrictions reinstated at Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border

Nova Scotia is once again tightening its border with New Brunswick following new cases of COVID-19 and its variants in the latter province. According to an April 13 news release and announcement by Nova Scotia Premier Ian Rankin and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, anyone coming into Nova Scotia from New Brunswick as of 8 a.m. on April 15 will have to complete a check-in form and once again self-isolate for 14 days. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency once again

B.C. has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency as the province faces a surge of cases as part of the pandemic’s third wave. Premier John Horgan made the announcement April 13, which extended the state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA), until end of day April 27. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Time to get serious about reopening U.S.-Canadian border Uncle Sam holding an "open" sign

With summer approaching, and one year of suspended land movement behind us, a growing number of Americans and Canadians are calling for the U.S.-Canadian border to reopen. Non-essential traffic across the U.S.-Canadian land border was suspended on March 21, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and has been extended each month since. On March 18, 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Homeland Security announced that the restrictions on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canadian land border have been extended through April 21, 2021. This marks 13 months of suspended movement between the two countries due to the pandemic. ... [read more]