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Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 3:46 PM

Crowns, judges ‘urgently’ ask Ontario to suspend in-person proceedings

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and court administration have failed to recognize the “compelling public health and safety need” to ensure that all court proceedings are conducted virtually, according to a letter to Premier Doug Ford from organizations representing Ontario judges, Crown attorneys and court workers. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

How COVID-19 changes practice of law A sign reading New Rules

COVID-19 has impacted and changed various industries and fields. The legal industry is no exception. Forbes noted that COVID-19 is changing the legal field and required the “… legal ecosystem become more agile, fluid, collaborative and fluid.” ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 10:51 AM

Legal experts question ‘justification’ of Quebec’s COVID curfew Cara Zwibel, director of the fundamental freedoms program with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

A provincewide four-week curfew instituted by the Quebec government to stem COVID-19 infection rates and to serve as an “electroshock therapy” to deter people who have been flouting public health measures was launched without providing any grounds based on evidence that justifies the breaches of the Canadian and Quebec Charter, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 5:04 PM

Numerous exceptions detailed in Ontario stay-at-home order, as province issues eviction ban

Ontario’s freshly minted stay-at-home order lists more than 20 reasons why residents of the province may leave their homes. Officially approved and ordered at 5:56 p.m. on Jan. 13, Ontario regulation 11/21, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 14. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 4:55 PM

Ontario extends suspension of jury trials amid COVID-19 state of emergency

The suspension of Ontario jury trials has been extended to at least May 2021, according to a notice to the profession and public from the Superior Court of Justice. In the wake of state of emergency and stay-at-home order declared by the province Jan. 12, the suspension of jury trials will continue until May 3 and no new jury selection will commence during that period, according to the Jan. 13 notice from Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

FLQ leaders humans, not heroes: More lessons of 1970 | Julius Grey

The documentary about the FLQ crisis titled The Roses by Felix Rose is a film of paradoxes. Good and bad qualities mingle in it and it is difficult to pull them apart. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 9:35 AM

Breaches without borders: Three things Canadians need to know about data safety Hooded man at computer

When a data breach occurs at a Canadian company that stores personal information about Canadian customers, that company is subject to the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) breach reporting provisions that went into effect in November 2018. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

A law student’s guide to successful interviewing | Serena Eshaghurshan

The interviewing process is arguably one of the most daunting aspects of the law school journey, which is further compounded by a depressed legal market. Nevertheless, with practice and perseverance, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In this article, I will discuss how one can adequately prepare and approach their interviews with ease and confidence. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 6:25 AM

FIREARMS CONTROL - References - Firearms registration system

Application by Wyville for a reference under s. 74(1) of the Firearms Act. Wyville maintained his firearm qualifications for his long-standing employment in the Canadian Armed Forces. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Human Rights Tribunal passes on public interest remedies in case of handcuffed child Janina Fogels sm

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered a $35,000 award but declined to impose public interest remedies on the Peel Regional police in a case stemming from a 2016 incident in which two police officers handcuffed a 6-year-old Black girl’s wrists and ankles to immobilize her when they were called by the school to respond to a behavioural issue. ... [read more]