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Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Alberta had ‘no choice’ but to implement COVID-19 proof of vaccination measures: premier Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency in the face of a rising fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province, with the provincial government of Jason Kenney doing a U-turn on its pledge to not bring in a proof of vaccination system. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Trudeau’s missed opportunities to call out misogyny | Naomi Sayers

When I was in grade 10, I remember a group of white girls would whisper certain words under their breath whenever I walked past them. And, I had to walk past them; I was the only Indigenous female student in these academic classes, mostly science and math. They liked to sit in the front rows or on the side aisles near the doors. I sat in the back. Anything to make myself less noticeable to them, others and the teacher. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

COVID-19, class actions and business interruption: Quebec court renders trilogy of decisions Sign in window saying "Closed COVID-19"

During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments adopted several measures, such as the decision to order the closure of businesses, in order to contain the rapid spread of the virus. In the case of certain professionals, such as dentists, with the exception of certain proceedings deemed urgent, they were forced to cease their professional activities. As such, this resulted in disputes vis-à-vis the coverage afforded by insurers in the context of interruptions and business losses. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 8:57 AM

Government can’t avoid constitutional challenge by saying law will be repealed: Alberta rights group Jay Cameron, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF)

Alberta’s highest court will soon be grappling with the issue of public interest standing in constitutional cases, a decision which could pave the way to a major challenge of steps the provincial government took to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Newfoundland court passing on vaccine requirement for judges

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is not requiring its judges or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but urging them to get their shots all the same. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

COVID-19 created ‘perfect storm of market volatility,’ says director of investor clinic Poonam Puri, IPC academic director

The Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) has seen legal aid inquiries more than double over the course of the pandemic, showing how COVID-19 has created a “perfect storm of market volatility.” According to the IPC’s 2021 annual report, the clinic has “completed 57 intake interviews between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, up from 18 in the same period last year.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

Ontario releases proof of COVID-19 vaccination regulations, expands third dose eligibility

On Sept. 14, the Ontario government released regulations and further guidance for businesses regarding the proof of vaccination policy which will be in force as of Sept. 22. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 9:42 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Parents could face fines, liability if they send kids to school with COVID-19, lawyer warns Nainesh Kotak, founder of Kotak Personal Injury Law

The start of the academic year has brought on a rise in COVID-19 cases, with schools across Ontario reporting active cases amongst students and staff. One school in the province, Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall, has been ordered to close until at least Sept. 20 to curb the spread of the virus in the school and community. ... [read more]