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Monday, September 12, 2022 @ 2:38 PM

Open work permits for vulnerable workers Hands protecting a group of workers

In Canada, employers who hire foreign workers are required to make reasonable efforts to provide them with a workplace that is free of abuse, as defined in section196.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). As of June 4, 2019, s. 207.1 of the IRPR gives Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) the authority to issue open work permits to foreign workers holding employer-specific work permits, who are experiencing abuse or who are at risk of experiencing abuse in the context of their employment. This article will provide an overview of the open work permit for vulnerable workers and explain how employers could mitigate risks through understanding their compliance obligations. ... [read more]

Friday, September 09, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

Uneasy lies the head that wears the Crown | Heather MacIvor

The death of Queen Elizabeth II is a sad milestone for everyone (myself included) who admired her strength and relished her occasional displays of mischievous wit. For 70 years, she reigned over an increasingly divided country (and an ever more fractious Commonwealth) without embroiling herself in political controversy — an astonishing feat of discretion and self-discipline. The Queen accepted the constraints of her constitutional role as the embodiment of the Crown. It is not entirely clear that King Charles III will prove equally restrained. ... [read more]

Friday, September 09, 2022 @ 12:38 PM

Back to law school 2022: The future of law is here Back to law school

From law firms accommodating, even fostering, neurodivergence to lawyers being called to the bar without articling — imagine law school curricula that not only require 1Ls to study Constitutional Law and Legal Process but also mandatory coding. ... [read more]

Friday, September 09, 2022 @ 11:13 AM

Back to law school 2022: Kindergarten lawyer | Marcel Strigberger Back to school

Back to law school? So why did you choose to become a lawyer? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 08, 2022 @ 4:17 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 08, 2022 @ 4:26 PM

Accession of Charles as head of state brings change to Canada’s justice, political systems Queen Elizabeth

The much-mourned death on Sept. 8 of Queen Elizabeth II at age 96, after more than 70 years as Canada’s sovereign, and the accession as Canada’s head of state of her son, Charles, will trigger a number of changes in the Canadian legal and political systems — some of which are not yet publicly known. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 08, 2022 @ 9:33 AM

Back to law school 2022: Skipping the articling Back to school

Articling does not exist in the U.S., but it has been mandatory in Canada for a long time. Currently, two law schools let law students bypass the articling process in Ontario. Is it worthwhile for law students to skip articling? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 08, 2022 @ 9:07 AM

Standard of review of procedural fairness in judicial review | Sara Blake

The courts have not explained why correctness is the standard of review applied on judicial review of questions of procedural fairness. This standard is inconsistent with other jurisprudence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 07, 2022 @ 2:36 PM

Playing the long game | Murray Gottheil

Entrepreneurs should always aim to play the long game. Instant gratification cannot build a legacy. —  Andrena Sawyer, business consultant ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 07, 2022 @ 11:21 AM

Ukraine, Russia and the International Court of Justice, part three World Court

On Feb. 25, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Security Council rejected a draft resolution, intending to end Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine submitted by Albania and the United States, with support from 11 members, but it was vetoed by Russia. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 07, 2022 @ 11:18 AM

Law governing appeals from commercial arbitration needs clarification Magnifying glass looking at documents

Ontario courts adopt a deferential posture toward commercial arbitration awards. This approach is consistent with the fundamental principle underlying Ontario’s Arbitration Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c.17 (the Act), i.e. to promote the resolution of disputes between sophisticated commercial parties without court interference. ... [read more]