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Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

COVID, parties, manslaughter | Kyla Lee

 A recent case in British Columbia has attracted a lot of attention as a result of comments made by the sentencing judge. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 12:37 PM

Intellectual property office tackles pending trademark application backlog Scientist at microscope

On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published two new Practice Notices aiming to address its unexamined application backlog. There is currently a significant examination backlog consisting of over 161,000 applications having filing dates stretching back to April of 2018. CIPO is receiving new applications at the rate of about 6,000 applications per month, but is only issuing about 4,000 examination reports per month. It is critical to address the backlog to avert a total collapse of the Canadian trademark system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Ontario eases restrictions in long-term care homes due to high vaccination rate

Ontario has announced it is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions in long-term care homes — on the same day an additional nine deaths were reported among long-term care residents. In a May 4 news release, the government said that a high level of COVID-19 vaccination in many long-term care homes will allow residents to safely return to communal dining and social activities to improve their quality of life. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

N.S. Supreme Court offering virtual judicial settlement conferences during lockdown

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) announced that it will permit virtual judicial settlement conferences for non-urgent matters where the presiding judge, counsel and the parties all agree to proceed virtually. In most instances, Microsoft Teams will be the videoconferencing platform used to hear these matters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 11:54 AM

Stronger public health restrictions for Alberta as province deals with third wave of COVID-19 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has brought in stringent new public health restrictions as it faces down the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the province having the highest number of cases per capita in Canada and the United States. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 4:29 PM

Trudeau maintains all approved vaccines safe for Canadians Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintains the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada are safe, and that Canadians should take the first vaccine offered to them — even though the country’s immunization experts still prefer those not linked to rare cases of blood clotting. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 10:41 AM

Are COVID layoffs constructive dismissals? Maybe Man fired because of COVID-19

Layoffs are spells of employees’ temporary unemployment at the employer’s instigation. Neither the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) nor common law confers upon the employer the right to a layoff. Consequently, a layoff is a contractual right. Absent an express or implied term in a contract of employment to the contrary, a unilateral layoff is a constructive dismissal that entitles employees to damages. A finding of constructive dismissal requires that the employer’s conduct evince an intention no longer to be bound by the contract. For instance, significantly reducing wages or unilaterally laying off an employee can qualify as a constructive dismissal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 4:52 PM

Immunization panel recommends J&J vaccine to people 30 and up, notes health risks

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine be given to people 30 and up and who do not want to wait for Pfizer or Moderna. However, they must weigh the remote risk of blood clotting against the benefits of finally getting vaccinated should J&J’s Janssen vaccine be the first one they are offered. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 4:29 PM

Initiatives launched to battle COVID-19 vaccination barriers as Ontario accelerates rollout

The City of Toronto is teaming up with two community organizations to reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccination as Ontario accelerates its vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, Ottawa announced $1.75 million in funding for a national social media project spearheaded by a University of Alberta faculty of law professor that is designed to counter misinformation about COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Trudeau, Freeland urge opposition to pass budget as soon as possible Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has unveiled legislation which would formally implement the budget it introduced last week, and is calling on opposition MPs to get it through the minority House of Commons quickly as Canada continues to face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]