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Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Tips, guidance for navigating audits of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy claims Hand giving money to businessmen during COVID-19

In spring 2021, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) commenced comprehensive audits to recover payments made to ineligible Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) recipients. In the second of this two-part series, we discuss practical tips to minimize the impact of a CEWS audit and the process for challenging a determination made by the CRA. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency through June 22 B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has once again formally extended the provincial state of emergency put in place last year to help support the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The state of emergency will now run until end of day June 22. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 5:40 AM

LABOUR RELATIONS - Employees - Discipline - Last chance agreement

Application by the Attorney General of Canada for judicial review of a decision by the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. The respondent, Yates, worked as a case processing agent for the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 3:04 PM

Ontario moves up start of reopening to June 11

Ontario will be moving into step one of its three-step reopening framework earlier than expected due to high provincewide vaccination rates and a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 1:52 PM

Unjustified rules for arranged employment of international program workers | Afshin Yazdani

In a historic and game-changing move, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 27,332 candidates — i.e., every single person who was in the Express Entry pool under the CEC category — to apply for permanent residence. While this proved to be great for those with at least one year qualifying Canadian work experience, the CEC permanent residency program appears to discriminate against those designated as NOC 00. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

How Canada might open the U.S.-Canada border Open lock with U.S. flag on it

For over a year, the world’s longest international border has remained closed to non-essential travel. On May 21, the closure was extended for another month. There was some speculation that the officials would loosen some border restrictions in May, but the situation remained unchanged. Now, with the closure expiration date less than a month away, there is some indication that Canadian officials are considering a plan to reopen the border with their largest trading partner. ... [read more]

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 1:24 PM

Prepare for CRA audit after Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy benefit Two people analyzing data with calculator and money in background

Businesses that took advantage of government assistance to help them with COVID should make sure they did things correctly. If not, you may face an audit from the Canada Revenue Agency. ... [read more]

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Do attitudes that inspired residential schools still prevail in Canada? | Stephen O’Neill

“Two primary objectives of the Residential Schools system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture. These objectives were based on the assumption Aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal. Indeed, some thought, as it was infamously said, ‘to kill the Indian in the child.’ Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country. ...There is no place in Canada for the attitudes that inspired the Indian Residential Schools system to ever prevail again.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 11:31 AM

Ottawa will make hiring program retroactive once Parliament passes budget: Freeland Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has provided more details about the future of its COVID-19 business support initiatives, saying it plans to make a program aimed at helping businesses hire and support workers retroactive once it becomes law. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 11:13 AM

How tech advancements are changing law practice, why it must continue A few people in business suits

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced lawyers around the world to speed up the switch to digital, whether in signing legal documents electronically or holding virtual court hearings. Many law firms have been taking steps to improve internal processes, incentivize efficiency and apply new ways of doing business that maximize value. Combined with a growing acceptance of international practices, the pandemic continues to shape the Canadian legal landscape in many ways, including virtual disputes, digital case law and e-discovery, among other areas. ... [read more]