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Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Terminating employment: Avoid mixed messages | Stuart Rudner

“You're fired! Pack up your stuff and get out ... once the trade show is over.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

U.S. immigration-dependent industries and visa suspensions denied_visa_sm

When it comes to the current state of U.S. immigration, the situation is complex. Historically, in a down economy, restrictions are placed on immigration in order to preserve U.S. jobs for American citizens. Currently, however, those restrictions are even more limiting because of policies put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even more complicated, we also have factors at play due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with actions being taken under the guise of further protecting U.S. jobs or bolstering the economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Unfounded fear of U.S. limits productive solutions | Laurelly Dale

Most of us will never forget that distinct feeling of living life through the lens of a zombie apocalypse in the week of March 11. One major blow after another. Pandemic declared. Hockey is cancelled (!). Beloved Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 3:24 PM

New Alberta immigration pathways aimed at encouraging international students to stay in province Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer

Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways aimed at attracting investment and encouraging international graduates to start their businesses in the province, and it is also limiting the number and types of jobs available for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) aimed at providing more opportunities for unemployed Albertans. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Better ways of giving self-reps access to justice | Gary Joseph

Once again Nicholas Bala, with the assistance of Rachel Birnbaum, has brought informed and evidence-based information to the profession. Rather than antidotal or unsubstantiated “gossip,” Bala, professor at the faculty of law, Queen’s University and Birnbaum, professor of social work, King’s University College at Western, have provided us with empirical data on the continual and expanding presence of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Business ethics and the law | Vanisha H. Sukdeo

The meaning of the term “ethics” varies across disciplines from philosophy, political science, business and law. What does it mean when we speak about “business ethics” in relation to the law? When companies lead with ethics, they attempt to abide by not just the legal requirements that bind their company but the underlying principles that shaped the law at its creation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

PROCESS AND PROCEDURE - Grievances - Refusal to accept grievance

Appeal by the Resource Development Trades Council from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of two decisions. Construction work on a hydroelectric generation project was subject to a collective agreement between the parties. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:09 PM

COVID-19 vaccine not expected until ‘sometime’ in 2021: Trudeau Justin_Trudeau_sm

Ottawa is investing hundreds of millions in the development of made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccines — but it is not expected one will be made available until sometime in 2021. That is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to say during an Oct. 23 press conference, where he announced his Liberal government will be investing $214 million in the development of Canadian-made vaccines. ... [read more]