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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]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

Gender discrimination in leadership positions at work Flashlight shining on woman

On April 4, 2021, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (tribunal) released a decision concluding that Hamilton Health Sciences (respondent) violated Dr. Irene Cybulsky’s (applicant) right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination based on sex (Cybulsky v. Hamilton Health Sciences [2021] O.H.R.T.D. No. 209). At the time relative to the application, Cybulsky was a cardiac surgeon and head of the HHS Cardiac Surgery Service, who received complaints by colleagues relating to her communication and leadership style. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 6:14 AM

SCHOOLS - Staff - Principals - Natural justice - Procedural fairness  

Appeal by the School Board from a decision of a Chambers judge quashing the Board’s decision to demote the respondent from principal to teacher. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario premier indicates paid sick day program is coming, but offers no details Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has committed to announcing a provincial paid sick days program within days, but offered no detail at an April 22 news conference broadcast from the backyard of a Toronto home where the premier was in isolation after a staff member contracted COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Quebec Superior Court upholds secularism bill, but exempts English-language schools

Quebec’s controversial secularism law, which bans religious symbols from being worn by government employees, was largely upheld by the province’s Superior Court thanks to the provincial government’s use of the notwithstanding clause even though it disproportionately harms women and particularly Muslim women. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 12:31 PM

Strain from too much screen time: The eyes have it Woman with closed eyes

It has been exactly a year since I wrote an article for The Lawyer’s Daily on the struggles of being a working parent at home while homeschooling children who are supposed to be learning on Zoom (but are, let’s face it, either playing video games in their room or hiding in their bed). Things were tough, but they were going to get better. After all, there’s no way these kids would still be virtual learning a year from now, right? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

Earth Day special: Future of hydrogen energy Hydrogen Atom

Hydrogen, first on the periodic table of elements, is the lightest and most widespread chemical element in the universe. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: International mobility | Colin Singer

Economic growth and a renewed need for temporary foreign workers is being seen all over Canada as companies gear back up to almost-normal business practices and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) slowly winds down with the arrival of vaccines. There are two main programs through which employers can have access to this pool of international talent and labour — the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). ... [read more]