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Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 5:46 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 6:04 PM

Genetic discrimination law constitutional, Supreme Court rules Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Parliament had the authority to enact a law prohibiting genetic discrimination despite an earlier ruling which said it was unconstitutional. But a number of legal observers noted the court did not ultimately resolve an issue that had been facing it for some time — what level of harm is necessary in order for Parliament to utilize its criminal law power. ... [read more]

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Federal-provincial initiative will insure Ontario farmers for COVID-19 losses

The federal-provincial AgriInsurance program is being enhanced for Ontario farmers to include coverage for labour shortages due to COVID-19. The increased insurance will include coverage for losses due to an inability to attract sufficient on-farm labour due to COVID-19, as well as illness or quarantine of on-farm labour or the producer due to the pandemic, according to a July 9 Ontario government news release. ... [read more]

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Saskatchewan looking to big rooms to accommodate September jury trials

Ballrooms, convention centres and large arts facilities are being eyed as potential venues for the scheduled resumption of criminal jury trials in Saskatchewan this fall, says one of the province’s top judges. ... [read more]

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Ottawa changes law to allow non-biological Canadian parents to pass citizenship to their children Marco_Mendicino

The federal government is amending Canada’s citizenship law to rectify what it characterized as unjust treatment of the LGBTQ2+ community and people experiencing fertility issues. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario economic recovery bill proposes sweeping legislative changes

In its second major legislative initiative in as many days, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced a wide-ranging omnibus bill July 8 designed to stimulate the province’s pandemic-depressed economy while making changes to 20 pieces of legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Proposed Ontario legislation to extend emergency powers raises concerns Cara Zwibel sm

Opposition parties and civil liberties advocates say they will be watching closely to see if the Ontario government’s extension of emergency powers opens the way for abuse of power. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

Nova Scotia small claims court expands services

As part of a gradual expansion of services, Nova Scotia’s small claims court is now accepting non-urgent filings and hearing more matters by telephone. According to a July 8 notice, counsel and involved parties “will be able to file Notices of Claim, Taxations and Residential Tenancy Appeals documents by mail or in-person via drop boxes set up in the courthouses.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 9:31 AM

Border agency lost track of 34,700 ordered out of Canada: audit report Bill Blair

Poor data quality, flawed case management and “significant periods of inactivity” contributed to Canadian border officials’ failure to locate tens of thousands of foreign nationals ordered out of the country, thus jeopardizing public safety and the integrity of the immigration system. This was part of the findings of an audit report by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) — released July 8 as part of the OAG’s 2020 Spring Reports. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Federal government invests in methane gas reduction

The federal government is investing $6 million in reducing methane emissions in Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan made the announcement July 7. The money will flow as part of the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency

The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency in order to support the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move, announced July 7, will allow Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act. ... [read more]