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Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Canada’s top diplomat in Washington on working with Trump, Biden administrations Kirsten_Hillman

As Americans mark Thanksgiving, the tumult of the recent U.S. presidential election appears to be subsiding, with President-elect Joe Biden naming key appointments in his administration as the transition of power begins, despite President Donald Trump’s continued legal challenges to the results. ... [read more]

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 8:39 AM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part two | Colin Singer

In this, the second of a two-part series, we look at how Canada immigration has been affected by COVID-19 in 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part one | Colin Singer

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted the Canada immigration system since restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. Canada’s federal government reacted by restricting international travel and closing the Canada-U.S. border, with most of the measures taken still in place eight months later and likely to remain into 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Is Ford’s Ontario budget fighting COVID or killing conservation? | David Israelson

Did Ontario Premier Doug Ford think that because we’re in a pandemic, nobody would notice how he keeps trying to undermine environmental protection and conservation in this province? ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

Proposed Jane Goodall Act game-changing animal law breakthrough | Victoria Shroff

There’s a brand new animal protection bill just released that could “pawsitively” change Canadian animal law forever. I can think of no greater impact to animal law in recent times than the proposed game-changing Jane Goodall Act, Bill S-218. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

New environmental law partner for WeirFoulds

WeirFoulds announced that Janet Bobechko has joined the firm as a partner in its environmental law and corporate and commercial practice groups. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

Ontario court gives green light to precedent-setting environmental case Nader Hasan sm

In a landmark victory for Canadian climate-change activists, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed a bid by the Ontario government to shut down a lawsuit launched by seven young environmentalists alleging that weaker climate change legislation passed by Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives violates the s. 7 and s. 15 Charter rights of the province’s youth and future generations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Bill C-12 can demonstrate environmental leadership to Canadian business | Janis Sarra

The federal government’s Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, tabled in Parliament on Nov. 19, is a welcome signal for Canadian businesses. Its aim is to create transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Net-zero emissions mean reducing human-caused GHG to the point that any carbon-emitting activity is offset by climate positive activities such as scaled-up renewable energy, building retrofits and enhancement of forests and other “natural carbon sinks.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 6:30 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Regulatory tribunals - Appeals - Lack of jurisdiction - Pipelines

Application by the City of Coquitlam for leave to appeal a reconsideration decision by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. ... [read more]