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Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 3:21 PM

Trudeau announces mandatory airline temperature checks

Canada is now mandating temperature screening for air passengers as it continues the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 1:28 PM

Northwest Territories institutes 14-day self-isolation order for all visitors

Travellers entering the Northwest Territories are now being ordered by border officers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Federal Court eases restrictions in Western Canada, Maritimes

The Federal Court on June 11 announced it is ending the suspension period due to COVID-19 in Western Canada and Atlantic Canada on June 15 and extending it until June 29 in Ontario, Quebec and the three territories. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Obstacles to reuniting families at border during COVID-19 separated_family_sm

Since the government of Canada first announced in late March that it was closing Canada’s borders, many foreign nationals have been separated from their loved ones who live or work in Canada. From complex travel restrictions to disruptions in the processing of Family Class applications, there are numerous challenges and obstacles facing families who are hoping to be reunited in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 9:45 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

‘Everything is on the table’ as Ontario eyes a return to courts, says attorney general Doug Downey

As Ontario moves toward a July 6 target date for resuming in-person proceedings amid COVID-19, Attorney General Doug Downey says his Ministry is consulting closely with two health experts and is even considering using gymnasiums to enable physical distancing. “Health and safety are at the centre of everything we’re doing,” he told Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) president John Struthers during a June 4 CLA webcast. “People need to feel safe, as well as be safe.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 4:35 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Trudeau endorses body cameras for RCMP, relaxes border controls for foreign family members abroad Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for “bold measures” to fight anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism, including putting body cameras on RCMP officers and local police forces — a move that would require provincial and municipal collaboration in many parts of the country. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Quebec investor reform will change business immigration | Colin Singer

The Quebec government’s decision to delay the opening of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program until at least April 2021 signals a significant change in direction for the province and for Canada’s business immigration landscape. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 8:49 AM

Access to justice and pixie dust: Civil resolution tribunals | Bo Kruk

COVID-19 has changed the manner in which we transact justice. The courts in Ontario have embraced new technology to allow more cases to proceed at an unprecedented rate. While we have searched for technological answers to our new world order, we need not look too far. British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) provides an effective online model that can — and should — be easily transplanted to any other jurisdiction. The CRT offers answers to our technological challenges. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Feds mandate face-covering for aviation sector, issue guidance for other transportation workers

Ottawa is mandating new face-covering measures for workers in the aviation industry, while also recommending similar but still-voluntary measures in the marine, rail and road transportation sectors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

No going back: Technology and court process | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 shutdown of the court system was initially viewed as a temporary measure to address legitimate health concerns. Most lawyers expected a quick return to “normal” once the pandemic passed. Two things have now become quite apparent: the pandemic is not passing as quickly as we had hoped and, as importantly, there will be a new “normal.” Lawyers need to accept this and get onboard the technology train or they will be left behind. ... [read more]