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Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 12:19 PM

Proposed bill would reduce barriers for foreign-trained health workers to practise in Ontario

On March 29, the Ontario government introduced A Plan to Stay Open, which includes new legislation, the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022. If passed, the legislation would help “recruit and retain more doctors, nurses and personal support workers, further expand domestic production of critical supplies like masks and vaccines and will continue building health-care infrastructure.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:03 PM

Corrections innovation: Time is right | Lee Chappelle

We’ve all dealt with our share of adversities these past couple of years, and the COVID-19 pandemic itself has been one hell of wedge issue. Yet, most, have found innovative ways to adapt. And, now is the time for the Canadian criminal justice and correctional systems to follow suit. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 12:51 PM

Ottawa ends pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1

The government of Canada has announced that, effective April 1 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 8:50 AM

B.C. launches review of pandemic response

British Columbia is launching an independent review and public consultation on the province’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an aim to better inform preparations and responses to future emergencies. The review, which was unveiled by Minister of Public Safety and solicitor general Mike Farnworth March 16, will focus on operational responses to the pandemic by the B.C. government from January 2020 into 2022. ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 11:20 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 3:57 PM

COVID-19 has done more to improve access to justice than decades of initiatives | Jessica Gagné

When I started practising family and child protection law in 2014 at 25 years old, I noticed that few lawyers in my practice areas kept electronic records, preferring hard copy files and off-site storage. Fax machines were an “approved” method of serving documents, but e-mail was not, unless the other side consented (and many would not, because they would then bear the cost of printing the documents for their hard copy files). ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 10:24 AM

LSO announces rescheduled in-person bar exams set for April in Toronto Diana Miles, LSO CEO

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has announced new dates for the recently cancelled barrister and solicitor examinations. According to a press release, issued March 12, “registered candidates will now be able to proceed with writing the barrister examination from April 5 to 8 and the solicitor examination from April 26 to 29.” Online exams that were originally scheduled to be written in March were cancelled because the LSO received information that “strongly indicates that examination content has been improperly accessed by some candidates, compromising the integrity of the upcoming examination period.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 10:13 AM

Alberta law on public health bylaws heavy-handed, but unlikely to spur legal challenge: expert

Alberta is taking steps to limit the ability of local governments to pass bylaws that contradict public health policies enacted by the province, but a legal expert is saying a legal challenge of the province’s move is unlikely. ... [read more]

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 3:49 PM

COVID-19 mask requirements being lifted across most of Canada

Ontario, Manitoba and Newfoundland are on the cusp of lifting their mandatory mask mandates, while others, such as British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta have done so. The past several weeks have seen provinces from across Canada put forth plans to greatly loosen COVID-19 health restrictions, given high rates of vaccination. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 3:12 PM

Ontario removing masking mandates in ‘most settings’ on March 21

On March 9, the Ontario government announced it would remove “mandatory masking requirement for most settings on March 21, with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health-care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 07, 2022 @ 1:20 PM

Representations and warranties insurance: Today, tomorrow and beyond Umbrella over tetertotter with money and risk balanced

Since its first emergence in the Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) marketplace just a few years ago, the use of representations and warranties insurance (RWI) has steadily transitioned from a rarely used and not well known product to one which is now highly desirable and widely used in private M&A deals in Canada. ... [read more]