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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 4:30 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 6:28 PM

Ottawa sending military medical personnel to Ontario, Nova Scotia to help with health crisis Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending military medical personnel to help with surging numbers of COVID-19 in Ontario but is passing on the province’s offer to boost the federal government’s sick leave benefit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 2:47 PM

Ontario opens COVID-19 shots to child-care workers and those aged 45-plus

Ontario is opening up its mass vaccination clinics in designated hot-spot areas to people aged 45 and over in 2021 and child-care workers at licensed child-care facilities. Effective April 27, those meeting the new age requirement in 13 of Ontario’s 35 public health districts will be able to use the provincial online booking system to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination, according to an April 27 government news release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

With Ontario finally getting paid leave, let’s be generous | David Israelson

Now that Premier Doug Ford has relented and says he will bring in paid sick leave for Ontario workers — after voting against it 19 times — it’s time to look at what should go into any new provincial legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Alberta launches ‘long overdue’ review of occupational health and safety code Alberta Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping

The Alberta government is looking to update the province’s occupational health and safety (OHS) code to keep pace with workplace change and technological advances — taking place in an environment in which labour and employment lawyers say has required them to look at health and safety issues through a different lens. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Racism at work: Is Canadian labour and human rights law working hard enough? Black and White Businessmen with thought balloon

Ever since the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020 shook the world, Canadians have debated the depth of racism in our own society. Shortly after Floyd’s killing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that: “There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat Canadians of colour, Canadians who are racialized, differently than they do others.” Earlier federal reports on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and on the abuses at Indigenous residential schools, have also put a spotlight on the deep-rootedness of racism in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

B.C. amends government employee whistleblower legislation

The British Columbia government passed the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) more than a year ago. Now it is amending that whistleblower legislation in light of lessons learned since the Act became law. “Many of these amendments are in part based on experience from the first year of implementation, arising from feedback from ministries and organizations currently impacted by PIDA,” said Timothy Chu, communications director for the Ministry of the Attorney General in Victoria. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: Employer responsibilities | Colin Singer

The employer must ensure the temporary worker has the right entry document, either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. These documents are issued with the work permit when coming to Canada from another country. Depending on the type of work they will do in Canada and where they lived the previous year, temporary workers may have to undergo a medical examination during the application process. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Cops coming your way? Relax, we’ve got you COVID | Marcel Strigberger

Can I enter my law office during this stay-at-home order period? Many lawyers are concerned, asking what if the police show up? Certainly on the face of it, the government is sending a message prohibiting attendance, or putting it bluntly in the words of Yosemite Sam: BACK OFF! ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

The court backlog: Is this access to justice? | Jasmine Daya

My articling student walked into my office with her head lowered, barely able to make eye contact with me as she said, “I’m sorry Jasmine.” It was not her fault that the presiding master at motions court denied our request to add a litigation guardian to the action. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Northwest Territories sets out strict rules for resumption of remote tourism

In an early sign of its reawakening economy, the Northwest Territories’ chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, has given the green light to tourism operators in remote areas to host clients from outside the territory under strict guidelines this summer. ... [read more]