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Wednesday, February 09, 2022 @ 8:48 AM

AI and the significant impact it will have on immigration | Sergio R. Karas

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in immigration processing. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun to use AI as a tool to decide straightforward applications for visitor, study and work permits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 08, 2022 @ 8:57 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2022 @ 4:02 PM

McGill law students strike; Osgoode students demand equitable learning as in-person classes resume Charlotte Sullivan, McGill Law Students Association

As universities move away from remote learning and resume in-person classes for the winter 2022 semester, students have had to adapt despite the ongoing pandemic. While some may be ready to return to the classroom, others are not, which has resulted in a student strike at McGill University and a demand letter from Osgoode Hall Law School students calling on the administration for safe and equitable learning. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 02, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

New entry requirements for travellers to Canada Border wall keeping COVID-19 out

For the past two years, Canada’s immigration regulations have been in a state of flux as the federal government attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those efforts have continued into 2022, with a new set of border measures that came into effect on Jan. 15. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

Ottawa announces new support for ‘cultural workers’ in live performing-arts sector

Ottawa has launched a new funding program aimed at helping artists, technicians, and other skilled “cultural workers” who create the live performances on the nation’s stages. On Feb. 1, Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez announced the launch of the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. The move implements one of the governing Liberals’ spending pledges in last fall’s federal election. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 @ 12:22 PM

COVID-19 courts wrapup: Nova Scotia, B.C. and Alberta continue to adjust

Courts in Nova Scotia are joining a handful of others in continuing to extend COVID-19 measures. It was announced in late January that Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court will be extending both its suspension of jury trials and its use of an “essential services model” until Feb. 11. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 @ 12:14 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2022 @ 12:17 PM

Deputy PM Freeland launches consultations with public, businesses for federal budget 2022 Chrystia Freeland

Ottawa is seeking input this month from businesses and the public for the 2022 federal budget. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland opened pre-budget consultations with Canadians Jan. 31, setting a deadline for online submissions, including “official letters and papers,” by Feb. 25. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 01, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

COVID-19 long hauler and long-term disability Man climbing Covid mountain

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt workplaces with countless people forced to call in sick due to the omicron variant, there may be a looming legal battle shaping up with insurers over long-term disability (LTD) payments. ... [read more]

Monday, January 31, 2022 @ 4:36 PM - Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2022 @ 5:08 PM

PM says ‘we won’t cave’ as racism, hatred, abuse mar anti-vax ‘Freedom Convoy’ in capital Justin Trudeau

Amid calls for police enforcement of noise, parking and traffic by-laws, as well as enforcement of prohibitions on the hate, abuse and harassment that has been directed at Ottawa residents and businesses by some participants in the cross-country Covid-19 anti-vaccination convoy of trucks that converged in the capital on the weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau served notice that the Liberal government won’t be meeting with the convoy’s organizers, nor accede to their demands, including the elimination of all COVID-19 vaccine requirements. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 2:50 PM

Disputed diagnoses in insurance claims Doctor writing

Having a diagnosis in a disability claim does not automatically lead to benefits nor does the lack of one necessarily mean a client is not entitled to file a claim. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 1:06 PM

Despite confusion, cross-border trucker vaccine mandates roll ahead Trucks going over bridge with Canadian, U.S. flags  on it

On Jan. 15, 2022, following a period of considerable uncertainty, Canada’s federal government moved forward with its plan to impose a COVID-19 vaccination requirement on cross-border truck drivers entering Canada. ... [read more]