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Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:28 PM

Alberta gives ‘full authority’ to law enforcement agencies on COVID-19 fines

To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies in the province have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

B.C. Supreme Court, provincial court offer new guidance in response to COVID-19

B.C. Supreme Court registries are no longer providing in-person registry services during the suspension of the court’s regular operations. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench makes changes to commissioning of affidavits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, in consultation with the Law Society of Alberta, announced that is has made a number of accommodations for the commissioning of affidavits. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

N.S. Supreme Court stops accepting hard copy documents, turns to electronic filing

In efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is no longer accepting hard copy documents at its courthouses and advising lawyers and the self-representing to use e-mail or fax for “urgent and essential matters.”   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Ontario’s anti-human trafficking initiative | Elene Lam, Anne Margaret Deck, Sandra Ka Hon Chu blue_ribbon_sm

On March 6, the Ontario government announced an investment of $307 million over five years in an alleged strategy to “combat human trafficking and end sexual exploitation across the country.” The unprecedented scale of the financial investment in the strategy, which includes funding for community-based services and the bolstering of misguided law enforcement efforts, coincides with some of the most comprehensive budget cuts and privatization of services in Ontario. This strategy will do profound harm to sex workers, while failing to meaningfully address human trafficking. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

COVID-19 considered ‘material change’ by Ontario court in bail review Ines_Gavran_sm

A decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has noted COVID-19, and the risk of spread in the province’s prisons, as a “material change” in circumstances when considering a bail review application. In R. v. J.S. 2020 ONSC 1710, Justice Jill Copeland acknowledged the risk to inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic when granting bail to the applicant, J.S. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:45 PM

SCC cancels scheduled spring session; appeal hearings might still proceed in June

Citing the risks posed by COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Canada has cancelled all the hearings it had scheduled for April and May, and is tentatively rescheduling those appeals to June 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:55 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

New mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers; Lametti certifies C-13 is Charter-compliant David Lametti

Hours before Ottawa announced a sweeping mandatory 14-day quarantine of travellers (except essential workers) arriving from abroad, effective midnight March 25, Justice Minister David Lametti gave his constitutional blessing to the federal government’s $107 billion COVID-19 financial relief legislation (Bill C-13). ... [read more]