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Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 3:17 PM

Ottawa announces funding for local infrastructure, food surplus program Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna

The federal government has created a new program to help local governments and community partners adapt to local economic, health and social challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as providing money for agricultural producers to bring surplus food to people in need. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Manitoba’s social impact bond a positive alternative for youth offenders: lawyer Saul_Simmonds_sm

A Manitoba defence lawyer is applauding his government’s use of a “social impact bond” as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for young offenders but finds it “problematic” that it will be funded through private investment. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 10:32 AM

Ottawa adds $305M to Indigenous COVID-19 response, says UNDRIP legislation remains priority

The federal government is investing an additional $305 million to help Indigenous peoples in their fight against COVID-19. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced the top-up of its Indigenous Community Support Fund Aug. 12, bringing its total investment to $685 million. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Litigation against contentious B.C. dam continues despite settlement with First Nation Tim Thielmann, Sage Legal

British Columbia has settled a legal challenge against the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam but a lawyer representing a First Nation which will be significantly affected by the project has said their litigation will continue, alleging violations of a treaty between Canada and Indigenous peoples which was signed over 100 years ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 3:04 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Consultant’s study seeks complete technology solution for Ontario Superior Court Mohan Sharma sm

The Superior Court of Justice and the Ministry of the Attorney General have hired global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to recommend an end-to-end technology solution to meet the needs of the Superior Court of Justice and all its stakeholders, including judges, lawyers and litigants — especially the growing number of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

Feds launch updated emergency wage subsidy calculator

The federal government has revealed an updated Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS) online calculator to help employers prepare to apply for the next period of the program. The updated calculator, which was launched Aug. 11, can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s CEWS web page and includes information to help employers understand how the CEWS can support their employees and operations, who is eligible to apply and how claim periods are structured. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 1:56 PM

Prisoner human rights complaint alleges violence, isolation in response to mental health crises Jennifer Metcalfe, Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS)

A B.C. inmate has filed a human rights complaint against Correctional Service Canada (CSC), alleging it has used violence and isolation to respond to his significant emotional distress and mental health concerns. Nicholas Dinardo, a 28-year-old member of the Piapot First Nation, said he has been met with pepper spray, tear gas, batons and rubber bullets while incarcerated. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 11:03 AM

Ottawa temporarily sets minimum unemployment rate for EI benefits

The federal government has set a minimum unemployment rate for employment insurance (EI) as it begins the transition away from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program. Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough announced, effective Aug. 9, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent will be applied temporarily to all EI economic regions across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

Decision highlights children’s rights at intersection of refugee and family law Maureen Silcoff

In what one lawyer describes as a victory for children’s rights, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a summary judgment that would have forced three children brought to Canada by their Kuwaiti mother to return to their father in Kuwait. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 3:58 PM

Court paves way for land ownership for Black Nova Scotians denied title: lawyer Scott Campbell

Black Nova Scotians looking to use remedial legislation in their attempts to get title to land on which their families have long lived will no longer have to prove long-term squatters rights, says the lawyer of a man fighting for ownership of land on which his kin have lived since 1913. ... [read more]