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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 10:46 AM

Wellness: Bell … Let’s Talk | Darryl Singer

Across Canada, in print, television, radio and social media, we are once again being bombarded with Bell Canada’s mental health awareness campaign and reminded that Jan. 26 is Bell Let’s Talk Day. As someone who has spent the last 10 years advocating, writing, speaking and volunteering on mental health issues, I should be delighted with this sort of corporate focus on mental health issues. Yet, I believe Bell Let’s Talk is endemic of the sort of corporate performative advocacy that has become en vogue in Canada. Lots of moving lips, not so much moving change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 8:30 AM

Temporary Express Entry invitations pause smacks of mismanagement | Colin Singer

Canada has placed a temporary pause on invitations for new high-skilled immigrants through the federal component of the Express Entry system, representing a quarter of the annual intake, as officials struggle to tackle a growing backlog of applications. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 2:13 PM

How courts are dealing with co-parenting and vaccines Mother refusing COVID vaccine for her child

Separated parents of children oftentimes know the challenges of co-parenting. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has created even more contentious issues. Some areas the courts have had to intervene include the return to in-person schooling and vaccinations for children. For orders or agreements affecting children, the paramount consideration is whether it is “in the best interests of the child.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

Issues related to employee right to disconnect Computer

The Ontario government just passed the Working for Workers Act, which added to the Employment Standards Act. It is a mandate for employers with 25 employees or more to have a written policy about disconnecting from work. This is known as the “right to disconnect.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 2:26 PM

Immigration: COVID-19’s effect and Canada’s response Immigraition Canada application with a Maple Leaf on it

It would be difficult to overstate the magnitude of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had globally on the movement of people from one country to another. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported in October 2021 that global migration to OECD countries fell to only 3.7 million permanent migrants in 2020, a drop of 33 per cent over the previous year, and the lowest level since 2003. ... [read more]

Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

Courts in Alberta, Ontario, N.W.T. continue to adjust to virus

Courts continue to shelve and reschedule matters due to COVID-19 and the spread of the omicron variant. Between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4, Alberta’s provincial court has adjourned all non-urgent out-of-custody trials, preliminary inquiries and any other hearings requiring witness evidence, according to a notice. ... [read more]

Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 11:17 AM

I thought I was a barrister but now I feel more like a solicitor | Suny S. Virk

Until the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t think of an event that had affected each and every of the almost eight billion people on Earth. Well that’s all changed. It’s a monumental phenomenon that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Ontario easing public health measures as of Jan. 31 Premier Doug Ford

On Jan. 20, the Ontario government announced it would “cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 10:20 AM

Questions surrounding Quebec’s proposed vax tax | Julius Grey

Quebec has attracted worldwide media attention with its proposed “vaccine tax” — a tax on those eligible citizens who choose not to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 9:46 AM

SARS-CoV-2 virus is real, Federal Court judge tells challenger to federal vaccine mandate Sébastien Grammond

A Federal Court judge has confirmed the existence of the virus which the World Health Organization says has led so far to 329 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and more than 5.5 million people dying since a global pandemic was declared 22 months ago. ... [read more]