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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 12:42 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 2:07 PM

Cabinet shuffle: Lametti stays at Justice; Mendicino moved to Public Safety; Fraser gets Immigration Marco Mendicino

The new gender-balanced 39-minister federal Liberal cabinet keeps McGill law professor David Lametti as Justice minister, but moves ex-federal prosecutor Marco Mendicino to lead Public Safety Canada, and replaces Mendicino as Immigration minister with Nova Scotia MP Sean Fraser, an ex-commercial litigator with a track record of international law and human rights work. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

LSO kicks off sixth annual A2J Week with sunrise ceremony at Osgoode Hall (L-R) Myeengun Henry and Teresa Donnelly

On Oct. 25, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) launched the sixth annual Access to Justice (A2J) Week by hosting a sunrise ceremony performed by Indigenous Elder Myeengun Henry. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Manitoba public health orders ‘necessary, reasonable and justified’: chief justice holds Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal

The chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench has upheld the constitutionality of a number of public health orders (PHOs) borne out of the province’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, writing the factual underpinnings for managing a pandemic are rooted in predominantly scientific and medical matters which fall outside the expertise of courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:31 AM

New legislation updates rules for B.C. not-for-profit corporations David Wotherspoon, Dentons

The B.C. legislature has passed legislation which will update and improve the framework on the governance of not-for-profits in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 4:04 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:46 AM

NDP MP, deputy chiefs call on government for A2J for St. Anne’s Residential School survivors

On Oct. 25, NDP member of Parliament Charlie Angus, along with residential school survivors and deputy chiefs, called on the prime minister to meet with St. Anne’s Residential School survivors regarding a “miscarriage of justice” highlighted by an interim report delivered by Justice Ian Pitfield. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Ontario introduces legislation to ban non-compete agreements in employment

On Oct. 25 the Ontario government introduced legislation that, if passed, would ban non-compete agreements in employment and establish policies for workers to “disconnect” from work. “The proposed changes would promote healthy work-life balance and will further enable competitiveness by banning unfair non-compete agreements that are used to restrict work opportunities, suppress salary increases and wage growth,” the government’s announcement said. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:42 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Canadian extradition system in need of significant overhaul, legal experts say Robert Currie, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

A group of legal experts is calling for the federal government to overhaul Canada’s extradition system, saying it is unfair to people being detained and needs to reflect a better balance between administrative efficiency and constitutional rights. ... [read more]

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 7:32 AM

No evidence of legal wrongdoing by environmental groups in ‘anti-Alberta’ energy campaigns: inquiry

A controversial public inquiry into funding of so-called “anti-Alberta” energy campaigns says over a billion dollars was used to target the province’s oil and gas development but could not find any evidence of legal wrongdoing by environmental groups. ... [read more]

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 4:39 PM - Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:06 AM

Arbitrators usually have sole jurisdiction over human rights complaints in unionized workplaces: SCC Supreme Court of Canada Justice Russell Brown

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that labour arbitrators have exclusive jurisdiction over unionized workers’ complaints of human rights violations in the workplace — unless there is “clearly expressed legislative intent to the contrary,” i.e. legislators clearly gave human rights adjudicators concurrent jurisdiction. ... [read more]

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Ontario announces slow, incremental lifting of COVID-19 restrictions Premier Doug Ford

On Oct. 22, the Ontario government released a plan gradually lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. ... [read more]