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Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 5:44 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 6:34 PM

Ottawa pledges billions in COVID-19 economic relief; ‘non-essential’ travel to and from U.S. to be barred Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced billions in proposed measures to be rolled out soon as part of the first phase of the government of Canada’s “COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.” The economic measures the prime minister announced March 18 include up to $27.4 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. This is in addition to $55 billion in tax deferral until September 2020 for individual and corporate taxpayers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 10:43 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Immigration bar seeks clarification as Canada tightens border controls on foreign nationals Ravi Jain

With Canada deciding to tighten its border controls for the second time this week, the immigration bar is asking Ottawa for some clarification of the federal government’s new COVID-19 travel restrictions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Corporate immigration compliance for COVID-19 visa_stamp_sm

These are challenging times for Canadian businesses who are managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. With official government instructions on social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions changing on a nearly daily basis, what additional considerations are there for Canadian employers of foreign nationals? How do employers stay compliant with immigration laws while managing the myriad issues that we are currently facing? ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Canada announces new border controls for foreign air travellers Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of border measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including banning, as of noon EDT March 18, air travel into Canada of foreign nationals, excepting Americans, Canadian permanent residents, travellers transiting Canada to a third country, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats and aircrews. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:46 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Federal Court announces interim measures

Having regard to developments since the Federal Court issued a communication on Friday March 13, the court announced that it will further restrict the scope of its operations in the coming weeks. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

Grace period for U.S. citizens is over: Big Brother is watching george_washington_sm

Canadian banks operating in Canada have been facing a big headache because of a U.S. law called FATCA and that ache may just get much worse. ... [read more]