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Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Ambitious throne speech agenda requires concrete action on part of government, observers say Michael Lynk, Western University faculty of law

The Trudeau government’s ambitious throne speech has set out a broad agenda for Ottawa to follow as it continues in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but observers are saying the plan largely avoids specifics and swift action is needed to follow up on what the Liberals are promising. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

A personal reflection on Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Beverley McLachlin

It is autumn. I am in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa. The leaves are red and gold, and the views spectacular. The occasion is lunch in a country restaurant called Les Fougères. Across the table sits John Roberts, chief justice of the United States. To my left is a small woman with dark, pulled-back hair and an intense gaze — Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ... [read more]

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Why COVID-19 is occupational hazard in its own right Money&Covid

During uncertain times, people gravitate even more to receiving succinct and helpful information. There is a plethora of information and misinformation about COVID-19 and its place in the hierarchy of occupational hazards in the workplace. To avoid being misled, go right to the primary sources — the acts or statutes — and trusted secondary sources — interpretation guidelines by the regulatory bodies. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 3:26 PM

Ontario closes strip clubs, limits restaurant hours as new COVID-19 cases remain high

The Ontario government is taking immediate action to close strip clubs, reduce bar hours and limit alcohol sales in an effort to battle back persistently high COVID-19 cases. The amendment to order O.Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 26, across the entire province, according to a Sept. 25 government news release. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 5:13 PM

Ottawa announces three new COVID-19 employment benefits

The federal government has revealed plans to create three new temporary benefits to help support Canadians who are unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough revealed the initiatives Sept. 24. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

I spy with my little eye: Monitoring employee computers shockedcomputeruser_Sm.jpg

It makes sense, if you think about it. An employer hires someone to do a certain job. The employer wants to make sure that the employee is, in fact, doing the very work that they were hired to do. The easiest way to monitor employees’ use of time and employer resources is to monitor them — either overtly or covertly. Many employers have implemented computer monitoring software that logs information such as the websites visited by employees and the length of time on the websites. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 1:54 PM

Ontario to add 98 workplace inspectors to enforce pandemic safety measures

Ontario is hiring an additional 98 health and safety inspectors to help enforce COVID-19 protections at workplaces across the province. The hiring blitz is expected to bring the total staff of active inspectors to 507 from 409, according to a Sept. 23 government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

Taxation of employee stock options: Reconsiderations in light of COVID-19 Employee stock option documents

The Canadian government had introduced proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (the ITA) in 2019 regarding the tax treatment of employee stock options. Further details and regulations were to be announced in the 2020 federal budget but were placed on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, challenges to economic recovery may spark renewed discussion of the taxation of employee stock options. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Group predicts Charter challenge to Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 response Marty_Moore_sm

Saskatchewan’s government will “likely” face a future Charter challenge over lockdown measures put in place for the COVID-19 health crisis, says an official with a group accusing the province of violating residents’ rights in its response to the pandemic. This comes in the wake of a Sept. 14 report by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), which alleges that Saskatchewan’s government used an unjustifiable overreach of power to enact rules the JCCF says violated people’s rights to move, assemble, travel, associate, worship and work. ... [read more]