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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

B.C. moving to step three of restart plan July 1 B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon

With COVID-19 cases counts declining and nearly 80 per cent of its citizens having received their first dose of a vaccine, British Columbia will begin step three of its four-step restart plan July 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Mathews Dinsdale adds associates in Calgary, Toronto

Mathews Dinsdale announced that Brady Farmer has joined the firm as an associate in its Calgary office, while associates Heather Power and Yinka Oyelowo have joined the firm’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

New quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated travellers Woman escaping a birdcage

Summer has arrived and more people are planning to travel outside of Canada with their families and children. The government of Canada has recently made a timely announcement that effective July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who are currently eligible to enter Canada as outlined in the current order-in-council may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine for 14 days, the mandatory hotel stay for up to three days, and the day 8 COVID-19 testing (the “Quarantine Requirements”). ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 5:49 AM

DISCRIMINATION - Family status - Workplace discrimination - Hours of work

Appeal by the employer from a decision setting aside an Arbitration Board’s award that dismissed a nurse’s grievance based on discrimination due to family status. The nurse worked four 12-hour shifts followed by four days off in the emergency department of a major acute care hospital. ... [read more]

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 4:14 PM

Saskatchewan law society webinar helps guide providers of legal information

Non-lawyer providers of legal information should be clear on what information they can give members of the public without entering the verboten realm of providing legal advice, say officials from Saskatchewan’s law society. ... [read more]

Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Women general counsel: Eight ways to optimize your board performance Four women in silhouette

On the boards of Canadian public companies, women general counsel (GC) now outnumber their male counterparts by a ratio of nearly 2:1, as the most recent Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel revealed and The Lawyer’s Daily reported. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:58 PM

Sunshine as diversity disinfectant | David Latner

Three recent events inspired me to consider how our law schools could lead by example in advancing diversity. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 12:33 PM

Ontario moves to Step Two of reopening ahead of schedule

The Ontario government announced it will move the province into “Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen” at 12:01 a.m. on June 30. According to a news release issued on June 24, Step Two “focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 4:43 PM


Appeal by the defendant law firm from trial judgment allowing the respondent’s wrongful dismissal claim against it. Cross-appeal by respondent from the dismissal of her claims for punitive damages and general damages for the loss of opportunity to become a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:05 PM

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says Justice Mahmud Jamal

Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court. ... [read more]