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Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Under cover of COVID-19, rule of law falters | Pamela Palmater

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada, Indigenous peoples and allies were engaged in nationwide solidarity actions in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, its traditional leaders and clan members. Their actions were in response to RCMP removing Wet’suwet’en peoples from their homes to allow construction of Coastal Gaslink pipeline on their territory without their consent. Solidarity actions included peaceful occupations of railways, ports, bridges, highways, legislatures and minister’s offices supporting Wet’suwet’en calls for RCMP and Coastal Gaslink off Wet’suwet’en lands. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Earth Day report: Perils of reducing environmental rights during COVID-19 Map

Taking action to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians is well founded. So too are emergency measures and swift government responses to safeguard those most at risk. The extraordinary measures being taken by the government to keep us safe, protect income streams of many vulnerable and newly vulnerable communities is also recognized and appreciated. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Rabbit reality far from eggcellent | Victoria Shroff

As a long-term animal law lawyer and adjunct professor of animal law, I’ve been asked by various media in the past few weeks about COVID-19 and the impact on animals (Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis).  ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Trudeau announces $1.72 billion for orphan wells

Describing Canada’s energy sector as being “disproportionately affected by COVID-19” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an aid package worth approximately $1.72 billion for the oil patch’s orphan well problem. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

Advice on winning first virtual appeal: Exceptional electronic documents BWvideoconference

Hand-in-hand with the significance of writing persuasive facta, preparing and filing exceptional electronic documents is key to effective e-hearing advocacy. As many among us, both bench and bar, work through the transition to a more virtual delivery of justice there will no doubt be learning curves on all sides. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 10:23 AM

COVID-19 and civil aviation Vintage plane

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), a betacoronavirus — the global pandemic of 2020 has affected every continent except Antarctica where no humans live. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 9:01 AM

Technology and the courts: Now or never | Neil Wilson

The COVID-19 pandemic has ground justice to a halt together with the rest of society. The only way to keep going will be to finally embrace what the justice system has resisted for so long: the use of technology. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” — or, in our case, necessity may be the mother of finally applying long-available inventions to the trade of lawyering. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Welcoming e-advocacy: Advice on winning your first virtual appeal V&Wvideoconference

The world of advocacy is changing. With the advent of social distancing how we deliver legal services, and especially how we assist clients navigating the justice system in our courts, has changed abruptly and significantly. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

DIVISION OF POWERS - Federal jurisdiction - Peace, order and good government - Residuary powers

Reference to determine the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Ottawa expands wage benefit to low-earners, jobless seasonal workers; also extends EI benefits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa is expanding eligibility to the $500-per-week Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to jobless seasonal workers, and to low-income workers who are still earning up to $1,000 a month, as well as extending workers’ employment insurance (EI) benefits that ran out this year. ... [read more]