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Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 2:07 PM

COVID-19 impact on mediation and Rules of Civil Procedure Scales of justice in the cloud

As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty and while impacting the economy and our lives so deeply, many predict that this global pandemic will bring an increase in matters being litigated. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 1:33 PM

Requirements for reporting technology, cybersecurity incidents updated Fingers typing on computer with unlock icon in foreground

On August 13, 2021, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions released an updated Technology and Cyber Security Incident Reporting Advisory for federally regulated financial institutions which replaced the Technology and Cyber Security Incident Reporting Advisory that was published in January 2019. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 11:39 AM

A close look at ‘mandatory’ vaccination policies | Stuart Rudner

It feels like not a day goes by without another headline announcing that more employers have adopted “mandatory vaccination” policies. The public will be forgiven for concluding that virtually every major employer is requiring that all employees be vaccinated or they will lose their job. Yet if you read the details of most of these policies, they are not mandatory at all. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 8:23 AM

Bad faith, just cause: Matters of legal ethics Man acting as weigh scale

In Yanez v. Canac Kitchens [2004] O.J. No. 5238 (Superior Court of Justice) the late Justice Randy Echlin wrote admonishingly that the “time has now come to express this court’s disapproval of routine assertions of [bad faith damages] claims which are not justified by the facts.” That was 17 years ago, and yet employment lawyers in Ontario would be hard-pressed to locate a statement of claim that does not include a boilerplate allegation of bad faith conduct, even in cases involving a straightforward without cause termination. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Trial by abacus | Marcel Strigberger

It’s election time again. After an election there are usually a couple of ridings where the race has been close and there is a recount. This I understand. But occasionally the counting process falls into the lap of a Superior Court justice. This I do not understand. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Alberta had ‘no choice’ but to implement COVID-19 proof of vaccination measures: premier Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency in the face of a rising fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province, with the provincial government of Jason Kenney doing a U-turn on its pledge to not bring in a proof of vaccination system. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:21 PM

Liberal, NDP platforms propose criminalizing harassment of health workers for COVID restrictions

With the pandemic-focused federal election campaign set to end with a vote on Sept. 20, both the Liberals and the NDP pledged this week to criminalize protesters who harass health-care workers or impede access to hospitals, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau further promising that, if re-elected, his government will protect businesses facing lawsuits for implementing restrictive anti-COVID-19 health measures. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Trudeau’s missed opportunities to call out misogyny | Naomi Sayers

When I was in grade 10, I remember a group of white girls would whisper certain words under their breath whenever I walked past them. And, I had to walk past them; I was the only Indigenous female student in these academic classes, mostly science and math. They liked to sit in the front rows or on the side aisles near the doors. I sat in the back. Anything to make myself less noticeable to them, others and the teacher. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 11:24 AM

Just dial 1-800-BOT-CHED Man shooting a basket but missing

Like many other people, I didn’t always follow my dad’s advice, but several of his comments and expressions stuck with me. When it came to opportunities, he typically said, “If it’s on the table, pick it up,” and “You’ll only regret what you didn’t do.” I made some bad choices, which took a while to correct. I also missed a few opportunities, including the time when I procrastinated on accepting a job offer from a Big Five bank because another, better offer might come. The bank’s offer expired, and the other offer never materialized — leaving me with nothing. ... [read more]