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Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

Dangers of library science denial | Joan Rataic-Lang

They warned us when I was studying for my master’s degree in library and information studies that libraries are always the first to suffer when budgets are cut. We were told to always be prepared to justify our existence. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

How to survive law school: Zoom edition | Serena Eshaghurshan

In my previous article, I discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on law students and on the legal system more broadly. Attending law school remotely is an unprecedented feat, and while it has its benefits (such as the ability to roll out of bed and attend class), it also has its challenges. In this article, I will provide some tips that will hopefully abate some of the difficulties law students are facing. While times are certainly difficult, with some preparation and planning, online law school can be made less daunting. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

York Region returns to modified stage 2 of pandemic restrictions

Faced with rising new COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government is moving York Region back into “modified” stage 2 of public health restrictions for at least the next 28 days, one week after announcing the same reversal for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Canada relaxes restrictions on extended family members, international students Canada_immigration_approved_sm

When COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic, the Canadian government immediately introduced very strict restrictions on travel to Canada. Almost all travellers were prohibited from entering Canada under these restrictions unless they qualified for a small number of narrow exemptions. At the time, little was known about the virus, how to effectively slow its spread, and the economic and social repercussions it would eventually bring about. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

In-person Ontario Provincial Offences Act proceedings adjourned until January

The Ontario Court of Justice is adjourning all in-person Provincial Offences Act proceedings held in municipally administered provincial offences courts until Jan. 22, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

Is an employer responsible if an employee contracts COVID-19? Biohazard symbol

The second wave of COVID-19 infections threatens to undermine the significant progress we have made in establishing a balance that takes account of the need to jump-start the economy and the legitimate safety concerns of workers returning to their jobs. The government and regulatory bodies in Ontario and Canada have established protocols and standards aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the virus.  ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 10:07 AM

Often imitated, but never duplicated: The ‘Notorious’ | Jasmine Daya

I recall the day I welled up in tears as I watched a documentary on the Notorious RBG. I felt overwhelmed with emotion over what this little woman with huge passion had accomplished to pave the way for women. I was once again filled with emotion upon hearing of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 3:31 PM

Compassion over compliance: From retributive to restorative justice | Marvin Zuker

Prior to COVID-19 closing schools and changing our way of life, our schools had been failing many of our children. The disproportionate suspension and expulsion of Black students was the norm. Teachers had low expectations of these students. There were schools in Ontario with more police officers than counsellors. Our students need our support, not punishment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 10:09 AM

All elections need clear rules Handsupinvoting.jpg

With all the focus on the upcoming U.S. elections, it seems like everyone is having conversations about mail-in ballots, voter registration, poll worker recruitment and potential delays in reporting results. Canada also has provincial elections coming up in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and by-elections in Toronto Centre and York Centre. A global health crisis will not slow down the democratic franchise. ... [read more]