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Wednesday, May 05, 2021 @ 10:26 AM

The wholehearted lawyer | Derek Anderson

When I started thinking about this column, one thing was clear: it has to be a driver of joy. Because let’s be honest: the practice of law is complicated, stressful and often even sad to the point of tragic — and we all know we don’t need any more of that. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 3:42 PM

New associate for Roper Greyell

Roper Greyell LLP welcomed Jaime Hoopes to the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 10:41 AM

Are COVID layoffs constructive dismissals? Maybe Man fired because of COVID-19

Layoffs are spells of employees’ temporary unemployment at the employer’s instigation. Neither the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) nor common law confers upon the employer the right to a layoff. Consequently, a layoff is a contractual right. Absent an express or implied term in a contract of employment to the contrary, a unilateral layoff is a constructive dismissal that entitles employees to damages. A finding of constructive dismissal requires that the employer’s conduct evince an intention no longer to be bound by the contract. For instance, significantly reducing wages or unilaterally laying off an employee can qualify as a constructive dismissal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 10:58 AM

An alternate look at new rules concerning Owner-Operator work permit Visa application in envelope

In February this year, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), announced its move to abolish the special Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for the Owner-Operator category, which allows foreign businessmen/businesswomen to gain entry to the country through a work permit by either establishing or purchasing a current business in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Trudeau, Freeland urge opposition to pass budget as soon as possible Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has unveiled legislation which would formally implement the budget it introduced last week, and is calling on opposition MPs to get it through the minority House of Commons quickly as Canada continues to face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Budget cuts: Access to justice NOT just about lawyers | Jorgen Wong and Vivian Leung

In 2019, Doug Ford decreased Legal Aid Ontario’s budget by 30 per cent, effectively lowering its funding by an amount of $60 million to $70 million. In the meantime, the pandemic put additional pressure on Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) as the province experienced a sudden strong demand for legal services. As noted by the clinic’s then executive director Jack de Klerk, “the elimination of positions [within legal clinics] will be inevitable.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

Alberta introduces new public health measures for COVID-19 hot spot communities Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has brought in new mandatory public health measures to address growing COVID-19 cases in hot spot communities as the province continues its fight against the third wave of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 4:58 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 9:34 AM

Ex-SCC justice Arbour to lead review of sexual misconduct in Canadian military Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court Justice.

Canada’s Liberal government is tapping former Supreme Court justice and noted war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour to lead what it claims will be an independent review into the handling of sexual misconduct in Canada’s military. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 8:51 AM

The importance of transparency in journalistic and political integrity Hand separating two people

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has not experienced any shortage of government controversies. But one story seemingly flying under the radar is the potential conflict of interest between his press secretary and a popular right-wing political columnist. ... [read more]