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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 4:38 PM

Outbreak in Kashechewan First Nation ‘increasingly alarming,’ says Indigenous services minister

In a press conference on June 16, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced extra funding would be sent to the Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario to assist with a COVID-19 outbreak that is impacting the community’s youth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 4:20 PM

P.E.I. to relax travel rules for the vaccinated

Currently having no active cases of COVID-19, Prince Edward Island is accelerating its loosening of travel protocols for those vaccinated and entering from within Atlantic Canada. According to a June 15 news release, the requirement that incoming travellers self-isolate will be lifted in certain circumstances as part of the province’s effort to speed up its “Moving Forward” plan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 9:38 AM

Northwest Territories suspends travel to Yukon due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Northwest Territories’ Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) temporarily suspended its travel exemption to the Yukon on June 15 “due to the ongoing outbreak situation in Yukon Territory.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

‘Astonishing’ if case on taxation of Aeroplan Miles doesn’t make it to SCC, lawyer says Steve Suarez, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a major Canadian bank in its quest to get a rebate on the GST it paid as part of its Aeroplan Miles credit card program, but legal observers are saying they could see the case heading to the Supreme Court due to the lower court’s disagreement on how to interpret the contract the bank signed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 3:32 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 3:49 PM

Canada receiving enough doses to fully vaccinate country by the fall, feds say

Vaccination dose delivery across the country is accelerating and infection rates are dropping, government of Canada officials announced in a press conference on June 15. Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental affairs, said “to date, 74 per cent of eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of vaccine, with the administration of second doses continuing to ramp up substantially.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Indigenous names can be included on immigration documents, Ottawa announces Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

On June 14, the government of Canada announced that “Indigenous peoples can now reclaim their Indigenous names, as written, on passports and other immigration documents.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 12:36 PM

Bill to amend Official Languages Act highlights bilingualism in courts Justice Minister David Lametti

On June 15, Mélanie Joly, minister of economic development and official languages, supported by Jean‑Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board, and David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, introduced Bill C-32, an Act for the Substantive Equality of French and English and the Strengthening of the Official Languages Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Privacy, required COVID-19 vaccines highlighted at employment law webinar Rita De Fazio, staff lawyer at IAVGO Community Legal Clinic

COVID-19’s impact on worker’s rights and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), as well as whether or not employers can require a vaccine, were issues highlighted in a University of Toronto Faculty of Law webinar titled “Employment Law in Pandemic and Recovery.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 2:54 PM

Feds issue policy statement on future, current thermal coal mining Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Canada’s government is putting the brakes on future thermal coal mining projects and the expansion of current ones in its ongoing effort to fight climate change. On June 11, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson issued Ottawa’s policy statement on thermal coal mining projects and project expansions, which talks of a “global phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation” being needed “if the world is to avoid a catastrophic increase in global temperatures.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 12:51 PM

Ontario devotes $5 million to new Victim Support Grant program

On June 14, the Ontario government announced an investment of $5 million over two years to “enhance services and supports available to victims of intimate partner violence and human trafficking” through a new Victim Support Grant (VSG) program. According to a government release, all municipal and First Nation police services, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police can apply for funding through the program. ... [read more]