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Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

Justice and the pandemic: The new gold standard Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the first of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

Still a long way to go in Meng extradition drama: legal observers Sharry Aiken, Queen's University Faculty of Law

A British Columbia court has ruled against prominent Chinese businesswoman Meng Wanzhou as she fights extradition to the United States, but legal observers are noting the decision itself is only a small step in the process of determining whether Meng will ultimately find herself before an American court. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 8:39 AM

Extraordinary ability visa: Safe haven during executive order storm paper_storm_sm

It all started with a tweet late one night in April 2020. My phone started beeping and buzzing with texts. HR and corporate counsel worried about news they had just read. An apoplectic client concerned about the future. President Trump had tweeted that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 3:06 PM

IRS compliance for foreign owners of U.S. rental properties: Challenges, opportunities House made of money

In the post-COVID-19 world, the name of the game in the United States will continue to be compliance — compliance with federal, state and local statutory and regulatory schemes. For evidence of this trend, look no further than the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) new enforcement campaign aimed at ensuring compliance by foreign owners of U.S. rental properties with U.S. laws on taxation of rental income. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Canadian courts adapt to challenges of COVID-19 closed_COVID_sm

Over the past few months, Canadians have experienced unprecedented changes in all facets of their lives. As businesses, from restaurants to banks, have quickly shifted their operations to help flatten the curve, so to have our nation’s courts. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 border laws, police powers face Charter challenge Cara_Zwibel_sm

Canada’s defender of civil liberties is concerned that new powers given to police in Newfoundland and Labrador to stop, detain and remove from the province those who breach public orders in place to combat COVID-19 could be “resuscitated” in the post-pandemic future, whenever emergency measures are enacted. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

National COVID-19 action committee issues first guidance for reopening courts during pandemic Richard Wagner

A national task force, co-led by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and federal Justice Minister David Lametti, has devised some initial guidelines, and identified overarching principles, to help local courts safely and appropriately resume their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

Canada’s mandatory self-isolation laws: Staying compliant quarantine_tape_sm

If selected for an inspection on quarantine requirements, employers of foreign worker must be prepared to answer a range of questions within 48 hours, including: ... [read more]

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]