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Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Canada’s mandatory self-isolation laws: Avoiding penalties quarantine_tape_sm

All travellers entering Canada are subject to the federal Quarantine Act. Under this act, the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (the Mandatory Isolation Order) requires travellers to self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada. Compliance is subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Leading the way forward: Modernizing access to justice | Colin Stevenson

The winds of change have been blowing hard lately, but the saying “it’s an ill wind that blows no good” suggests that even something as thoroughly devastating and unwelcome as the COVID-19 pandemic can hopefully facilitate some positive change in the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Virtual mediation: Temporary or here to stay? | Stuart Rudner

While the technology has been around for a while, the need for virtual mediation was never as great as it is now. Previously, most litigators scoffed at the notion that a virtual mediation would be a worthwhile endeavour, but at the moment it is the only option and, more importantly, it has proven to be extremely effective. So, is virtual mediation just a temporary solution during these unprecedented times, or a viable alternative to the traditional in-person format? ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

UNJUST ENRICHMENT - Remedies - Recovery of benefits

Appeal by the defendant from trial judgment requiring her to return $300,000 to the respondent based on unjust enrichment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

Ottawa to expand access to CEBA loans; Canada-U.S. border restrictions extended by 30 days

The present ban of non-essential travel over the Canada-U.S. border will be extended beyond May 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed, while announcing also expanded eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) so that more owner-operated small businesses financially hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will be able access interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

Foreign workers: Employer quick change to aid economic recovery economy_restart_sm

In the last two months over three million Canadian jobs have been lost from business closures due to COVID-19, and tens of thousands of businesses have been forced to close permanently. This has caused the thousands of foreign workers included in these job losses to be faced with the prospect of having to obtain new work permits to work for new employers. Moreover, disruptions due to COVID-19 have made obtaining new work permits nearly impossible for many foreign workers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

Ottawa announces help for employers to meet labour needs

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on May 12 a new, temporary policy that will reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to Justice: Visionary thinking to update a legacy system | Beverley McLachlin

In my last column, I wrote about the need to use the pandemic in which we find ourselves to rethink how we can improve the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years TLD Exclusive button

On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

COVID-19 compliance obligations for employers of foreign workers permit_towork_sm

New regulations in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have created additional obligations for employers in light of COVID-19. ... [read more]