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Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:36 PM

Ontario announces Toronto, Peel Region moving to Grey-Lockdown, earlier vaccine rollout

Ontario is ceasing its stay-at-home order in Toronto and Peel Region and moving the two COVID-19 hot zones to the government’s Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions effective March 8 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:13 PM

Introducing daylight losing time | Marcel Strigberger

Let the judge sleep on it. Daylight savings time is around the corner. DST bah! ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Health Canada approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada now has a new arrow in its quiver as it continues the fight against COVID-19. On March 5, Health Canada authorized the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Janssen Inc., a division of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 11:35 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 3:40 PM

Moving away from animals as commodities, one pet at a time | Victoria Shroff

It would not occur to most people that their furry family member, their companion animal, their pet, could be seen as a consumer product, a good. However, another area of law where it has been starkly held that animals are property, involves animal breeders and purchasers of companion animals. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Ontario ramping up COVID-19 workplace safety inspections

Ontario has hired more than 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors to enforce COVID-19 regulations at workplaces. “With a new total of more than 500 inspectors, our government is building the largest team of inspectors in Ontario’s history to educate business owners, enforce public health measures and keep workplaces safe now, and for many years to come,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton said in a March 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 12:54 PM

Problems with indeterminate sentencing Colourful handcuffs

Judges face tough choices in their careers. Determining the guilt or innocence of a party is one of the hardest things to consider. The power of the state being wielded against an accused party is significant. The stakes are always high. This is one of the reasons that the onus on the state is so significant. Proof of guilt on beyond any reasonable doubt protects innocent parties from being punished. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

Texas deep freeze shows us why climate change is justice issue Man sleeping on snowy bench

Every day, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities trap more heat energy in the global climate system, disrupting the climate and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. The Texas deep freeze illustrates the implications of these trends for justice actors. In short, Texas helps to show us why climate change is a justice issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Ottawa announces extension of wage support, rent subsidy programs

Workers and business owners in Canada have a little more breathing room now that Ottawa has announced plans to extend three pandemic-related subsidies. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said March 3 that the government was extending the rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Lockdown Support from March 14 to June 5, 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]