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Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 12:02 PM

Changes to averaging agreements may strain employer-employee relationships Confused group

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives took power in the provincial election, they proposed many changes to the way in which Ontario was to be governed. To make these changes, the Ford government tabled many bills, one of which was the omnibus Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Manitoba police need proper disclosure rules for background checks, says lawyer Chris Gamby

Explicit rules are needed in Manitoba for what information police provide as part of criminal background checks for vulnerable sector work, says a lawyer of a court decision involving a man turned down for a job as a school bus driver upon the discovery of unproven sex charges. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

ONCA rules docs’ religious objections to MAiD, abortion, other health care don’t trump patients’ right of access Ruth Ainsworth and Lisa Brownstone

In a far-reaching decision that could go to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal has affirmed the constitutionality of the “effective referral” requirements imposed on doctors by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Parental benefits: one size does not fit all prof w baby_sm.jpg

“Your Honour, before we begin I just wanted to apologize for my attire. I had a baby eight weeks ago and don’t yet fit back into my robes.” This is what I uttered at the beginning of a guardianship hearing in February 2018. No longer pregnant, it was not obvious why my robes didn’t fit and I didn’t want my open waistcoat to become a distraction or make me appear forgetful or sloppy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Boards’ fiduciary duty to keep informed on global issues progressive_board_sm

Is a board that cannot articulate the most material ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues in breach of their fiduciary duty? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Summary dismissal: Employers need a bigger toolbox | Stuart Rudner

It is the classic line used by judges and arbitrators when they find that summary dismissal was not warranted: “Some lesser form of discipline was appropriate.”   ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

B.C.’s proposed labour changes positive step for employees: lawyers Fred Wynne, HHBG Lawyers

The B.C. government is seeking to significantly overhaul provincial legislation on employment standards and labour rules, changes lawyers are saying will have a positive effect on the employer-employee relationship in the province going forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Genetic testing, ancestry search red flags | Darryl Singer

There are lots of ads lately for companies like 23 and Me, which promises that by sending them a sample of saliva, they can test for genetic markers which might tell you about potential for latent illnesses which may never come to pass. These companies also offer ancestral tracing for those who hope they will find out they are part of some noble bloodline. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Access to justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts | Kelly Goldthorpe

“If they actually looked into it, there is more money being spent on lawyer fees and less cases. The people that actually need the system to help them, they aren’t getting the proper support. We have to hold these people accountable. When there’s more money to the lawyers and less money to the people, I’ve got an issue with it.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford, April 22, 2019. ... [read more]