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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Alberta and Ontario courts warm to videoconferencing zoom_screen_sm

Despite differences in the applicable court rules, recent cases from Ontario and Alberta in the context of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions demonstrate a similar willingness to use videoconferencing to facilitate cross-examinations on affidavits and questioning for discovery. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Federal return-to-work guide underscores benefits of remote employees twopeoplezooming

The cost savings and efficiencies created by remote work have been celebrated by my firm for years, and as 2020 continues to unfold, support for remote working arrangements continues to amplify — including at the federal level. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 1:33 PM

Feds extend time periods for temporary layoffs

The federal government on June 23 announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Alberta bills focus on business, public health as province seeks to emerge from pandemic

As Alberta begins the process of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government has introduced legislation which it says will improve the business climate in the province by removing red tape and allowing some pandemic response efforts to continue. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 4:27 PM

Feds give $100 million to plant-based food producer

In a bid to create additional jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sector, Canada’s government is giving $100 million in funding to the new Merit Functional Foods plant in Winnipeg. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Ontario to ease restrictions for Toronto, Peel Region on June 24

The Ontario government announced on June 22 that it is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on June 24. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 3:23 PM

Treasury Board president releases statement on return to work for public service employees

Jean-Yves Duclos, the president of the Treasury Board of Canada, on June 22 released the following statement on the easing of restrictions related to COVID-19: ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

Working from home during COVID-19: Can expenses be deducted? Cutting tax

As COVID-19 continues to modify working arrangements, many employees are likely wondering whether costs they incur to work from home will be deductible for income tax purposes. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

World’s first restorative justice lab opens at Dalhousie University Jennifer Llewellyn

In the interests of justice — restorative justice — Dalhousie University opted to move forward with an historic initiative despite the constraints imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the world’s first restorative justice lab is now up and running. “In a perfect world, you would have opened a physical space, but we decided not to hold off,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, a law professor at the Schulich School of Law and chair of the newly launched Restorative Research, Innovation & Education Lab (RRIELab). ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

B.C. transitions COVID-19 border screening to federal government

In early April, B.C. introduced COVID-19 border screening measures to help ensure British Columbians returning home from international destinations had the support they need to manage self-isolation plans and keep B.C. communities safe. ... [read more]