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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]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:28 AM

Pregnancy discrimination: 10 ways we can do better Happypregnantwomanatdesk

Most Canadian employers, including law firms, intend to follow the law with respect to accommodating an employee’s leave after giving birth to a child. However, many employers within the legal industry fall short on their promises. As an employment lawyer and new mom, I hear too many stories from my female colleagues of pregnancy leaves gone wrong, and I want to help employers do better. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Express Entry 2020: Record-breaking year despite COVID | Colin Singer

The Canada Express Entry system enjoyed a record year in 2020, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

ARBITRATORS - Jurisdiction

Appeal by the plaintiff from the dismissal of her action. The appellant was an employee of the Ontario Public Service and a member of the respondent union. In 2011, the union initiated several grievances on the appellant’s behalf that asserted discrimination and harassment by her managers and co-workers. ... [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 @ 9:27 AM

Fasken names new chair of partnership board

Fasken announced that Katherine M. Pollock has succeeded Luc Béliveau as the chair of the firm’s partnership board, effective Jan. 1, 2021.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 5:01 PM

Ford indicates Canadian military may return to Ontario long-term care homes

With COVID-19 deaths in Ontario’s long-term care homes surpassing 3,000, Premier Doug Ford has provided his strongest signal yet that Canadian Forces personnel will be returning to those facilities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 4:46 PM

Ontario declares second state of emergency, stay-at-home order as COVID-19 numbers soar

With new COVID-19 cases on track to overwhelm Ontario’s health-care system, the province has declared its second state of emergency since the start of the pandemic and a stay-at-home order effective Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]