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Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 1:19 PM

Flying to U.S.? You’ll need a COVID test or proof of recovery Negative COVID-19 test

According to a new order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all international air passengers are now required to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from the virus before boarding a flight to the U.S. The new policy applies to all air travellers, even U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Here are some specifics. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 10:59 AM

Possible Commonwealth trade agreement explained Canadian and New Zealand Flags

Following on from part one of the CANZUK series which outlined the likely structure through which the agreement will operate, part two will continue to look at the regulatory impacts resulting from the principle of mutual recognition. Then, through comparing CANZUK to broadly similar trade agreements such as NAFTA, it is also possible to formulate some predictions as to what the prescribed dispute mechanism could look like. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 1:54 PM

You want a piece of me? The guardianship of Britney Spears Britney Spears' star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The New York Times’ documentary, Framing Britney Spears, has been making waves across news and social media outlets these past weeks. Much of the documentary’s focus is on the relentless hounding to which Spears was subjected at some of her most vulnerable moments, though one wonders whether the film is hitting her one more time by republishing the very footage and photos it denounces. The film’s other main focus is the controversial conservatorship that has controlled every aspect of Spears’s life, including her estimated US$59 million fortune, for the past 12 years. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Bill-78: Quebec moves toward more corporate transparency People examining all aspects of a corporation

True to its commitment to address tax avoidance, criminal activity and corruption, the Quebec government introduced Bill 78, An Act mainly to improve the transparency of enterprises (the bill) last December. The bill did not come as a surprise as it substantially replicates the proposed amendments already disclosed by the Quebec government in March 2020 as part of the 2020‑2021 budget. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Legislation needed to address child labour concerns in companies’ supply chains: humanitarian group Simon Lewchuk, World Vision

A major humanitarian organization is warning that Canadians could be contributing to child labour every time they go to the grocery store and is advocating the federal government to adopt legislation that ensures transparency and accountability in corporate supply chains. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Are web postings exempt from privacy laws? Clearview AI ruling says no Facial recognition technology concept

In a decision released earlier this month, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner and its provincial counterparts in Quebec, Alberta and B.C. ruled that Clearview AI’s business of scraping the Internet for photographs of individuals to create a database for law enforcement agencies contravenes Canada’s privacy laws. At the heart of the decision is the commissioners’ determination that photographs available on social media and other online sites do not fall within the privacy laws’ exemption for “publicly available information.” ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Digitization of estate industry: Starting with one change Hand  holding a digital lightbulb

We are on the precipice of the largest disruption to date of any industry. What will be the tipping point? ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 10:25 AM

COVID coping: Random acts of kindness benefit you, your colleagues | Joan Rataic-Lang

Leo Buscaglia said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 9:36 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Consumer group concerned about effectiveness of new home construction regulator Karen Somerville, president, Canadians for Properly Built Homes

A consumer protection organization for new homebuyers is warning that Ontario’s recently launched Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) is already making some of the same mistakes as its predecessor agency, Tarion, which was criticized by the province’s auditor general in 2019 for favouring homebuilders over buyers. ... [read more]