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Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 9:39 AM

Courts continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions, protocols

Despite recent warnings of a sixth wave of COVID-19, various Canadian courts continue to ease health protocols. With 81 per cent of Canadians considered fully vaccinated and almost 47 per cent having received an additional dose as of March 25, and provinces easing health measures, courts from coast to coast are continuing their efforts to operating regularly once again. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 2:49 PM

Saying goodbye to sanctioned litigation clients: Not without good reason Map of Russia with a line through it

In the first article in this two-part series, we addressed litigation lawyers who are concerned about the “reputational risk” of continuing to represent sanctioned Russian (or other) clients in litigation and who may find that ceasing to represent them is not as easy as they might wish. Article one dealt with how the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Commercial Court has addressed this issue. Now we turn our gaze closer to home. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Ruling prevents ‘any kind of fishing expedition for information’ in child protection cases: lawyer Jessica Gagne

In a case involving a provincial law governing child protection and a federal legislative scheme for removing from Canada those without citizenship or immigration status, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the public safety minister — who oversees the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) — does not have unfettered access to documents regarding a supervision order sought by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS) of Toronto involving a family where child protection concerns had been raised. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 12:19 PM

Proposed bill would reduce barriers for foreign-trained health workers to practise in Ontario

On March 29, the Ontario government introduced A Plan to Stay Open, which includes new legislation, the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022. If passed, the legislation would help “recruit and retain more doctors, nurses and personal support workers, further expand domestic production of critical supplies like masks and vaccines and will continue building health-care infrastructure.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 9:28 AM

DOJ appoints protonothary to Federal Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Benoit Duchesne, partner at Gowling WLG in Ottawa, is appointed a prothonotary of the Federal Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 8:55 AM

Tipping the scales in court Man with writing impliments and tipped scales of justice

A litigator’s secret fantasy is to appear before a judge and have the attendance flow smoothly with the judge giving you everything you want in your matter and your greatness being acknowledged by the judge throughout your appearance. ... [read more]

Monday, March 28, 2022 @ 8:29 AM

REFUGEE PROTECTION - Natural justice - Reasonable apprehension of bias

Application by Chan for judicial review of a Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) decision affirming a decision denying the Applicant’s claim against Hong Kong on the grounds that she had not established persecution under ss. 96 or 97 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 12:15 PM

Canada’s response to fleeing Ukrainians sets example for future | Emre Esensoy

The Canadian government’s response in the last few weeks to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has been relatively comprehensive, robust and swift. Almost immediately after the war in Ukraine started, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented several measures to help Ukrainian nationals find safety in Canada. These measures included prioritizing most types of temporary and permanent residence applications from Ukrainian nationals, waiving most application processing fees and introducing a helpline and online contact options to assist with urgent questions. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 8:57 AM

On gowns | Gabriel Latner

Let’s dispense with conspiracy theories: I do not believe our judiciary is in the (undoubtedly voluminous and exquisitely lined) pocket of Big Gown. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Tackling lawyers’ gladiator mindset | Joan Rataic-Lang and Ryan Wozniak

On April 5, 2022, former NHL and Olympic hockey players Chris Nilan, Vicky Sunohara and Theoren Fleury will join lawyers Orlando Da Silva, Lindsay Scott, Ryan Wozniak and Enrico Scicholone for a panel discussion about mental health. ... [read more]