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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, penalties COVID-19_ban_sm

Since it was first announced that Canada would be closing its borders to limit the spread of COVID-19, the specifics of these travel restrictions have shifted on a daily basis. This uncertainty has caused travellers and businesses, particularly those with a presence in the U.S., to have to scramble over the last two weeks to understand how travel plans would have to change over the coming months. Adding to the confusion, separate restrictions have been put into place for air travel and land-based travel, as well as for travellers from the U.S. compared to other countries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 9:09 AM

Ottawa presses U.S. to abide by prohibition of refoulement of asylum seekers at shared border

Canada is asking the Trump administration for assurances that the U.S. will not illegally deport to persecution in their homelands asylum seekers who are denied entry by Canada at the shared American border, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Access to Justice: Justice in the time of social distancing | Beverley McLachlin

The COVID-19 virus has changed our world. It is unprecedented, impacting every aspect of our daily lives, keeping us apart from each other and shutting down most of our conventional ways of interacting in society, save for essential services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:03 PM

Federal Court working on access to justice, despite COVID-19; urgent matters still being heard

The Federal Court is continuing to hear all urgent matters, as well as exceptional matters, on a “case-by-case” basis, by teleconference or videoconference according to the terms of its practice direction and order issued March 17, and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on March 20, the court’s legal counsel, Andrew Baumberg has confirmed. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics | Richard Pound

Prior to the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to postpone the 2020 Games, scheduled to begin on July 24, the regular cycle of the modern Olympic Games has been interrupted only three times, all the result of cancellations caused by 20th century wars. There has never been a postponement, an intermediate alternative lying between persisting with an original schedule and outright cancellation. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19 Working from home

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 8:36 AM

Practical COVID-19 impacts on foreign nationals in Canada temporary_visa_sm

Recently, news outlets have focused their coverage on the drastic travel restrictions implemented by the Canadian government in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These border closures are intended to limit the number of foreign nationals entering Canada that could introduce the virus to new populations. There have also been significant measures taken within Canada to encourage social distancing, resulting in the closure of many Canadian businesses and schools. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:55 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

New mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers; Lametti certifies C-13 is Charter-compliant David Lametti

Hours before Ottawa announced a sweeping mandatory 14-day quarantine of travellers (except essential workers) arriving from abroad, effective midnight March 25, Justice Minister David Lametti gave his constitutional blessing to the federal government’s $107 billion COVID-19 financial relief legislation (Bill C-13). ... [read more]