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Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Exposed: What COVID-19 has taught us | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 virus is a risk to all but specifically it targets and exposes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In the same way the pandemic has exposed our court system for what it is, an “elderly” system developed to service a 1970s population drowning in a media/web savvy 21st century. Our judicial and court leaders are struggling to make it work in an environment where failure is inevitable. The structure of our courts and the supports built around it are paper intensive and people intensive. They cannot adept quickly to the fast-changing environment. This is not a criticism of our judicial leaders but a sad refrain for those who long ignored the need to upgrade technology and facilities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

COVID-19: Foreign worker safety rules immigrant_workers_sm

The Canadian government has released guidelines for employers of temporary foreign workers, acknowledging that such employers play an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Life as a migrant in the time of COVID-19 immigrants_canada_sm

The experiences of asylum seekers, temporary workers, international students, the undocumented and other migrants in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic have thus far been largely ignored by the government. Given that many of these individuals and their families have precarious immigration status, or are undocumented entirely, they disproportionately face severe limitations on their ability to ensure their survival. They may also be unsure of what supports are legally available to them and how certain laws apply to their specific situation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

No rule that unjust enrichment claim will fail if based on illegal contract: B.C. Court of Appeal

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision which ordered a woman to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars she had improperly charged to an acquaintance, despite her argument the money should not have to be returned because it was part of a scheme to deceive immigration authorities. The genesis of the case goes back to 2013, when Me Hee Kim purchased a restaurant from Aesun Choi; as part of the sale, Choi offered to run the business as Kim was in Canada on a study permit. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Vancouver lawyer caught by COVID-19 crisis in Peru Peter_Swanson

Vancouver lawyer Peter Swanson came close to visiting a historic site on his bucket list last month until what has arguably become the world’s most consequential health crisis scuttled that goal. On the morning of March 14, Swanson, a founding partner of Bernard LLP who primarily practises maritime law, flew to Cusco, Peru, from Rio de Janeiro, where he was attending the 21st annual International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

Federal Court applies Vavilov in quashing decision revoking passport passport_application_sm

In a rare decision, Alsaloussi v. Canada (Attorney General) 2020 FC 364, the Federal Court recently quashed a decision of the Passport Division of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada revoking the applicant’s passport services for a period of three years on the basis that such decision was unreasonable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Bar calls for limited release of prison inmates, immigration detainees to stop spread of COVID-19 Ravi Jain

Ottawa should release from detention, to the extent consistent with public safety, prison inmates and immigration detainees, says the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), which warns of a potentially “explosive situation” in enclosed institutional settings and “dire” consequences if people remain locked up to together as usual. ... [read more]

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]