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Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 9:08 AM

Quebec seeks to modernize its privacy laws Éloïse Gratton

A proposed overhaul of Quebec’s privacy law would make the provincial privacy watchdog the first Canadian privacy regulator with powers to directly impose administrative monetary penalties on organizations for non-compliance. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 3:39 PM

Ottawa, Assembly of First Nations sign agreement on child and family services

The federal government and the Assembly of First Nations have agreed to a protocol aimed at advancing an historic law passed last year which reformed Indigenous child and family services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Facial recognition company leaves Canada amidst privacy investigation

Canada’s privacy watchdog has run off an American company that had been providing facial recognition software to a handful of police forces, including the RCMP. In a July 6 news release, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced that Clearview AI, in response to an ongoing joint investigation by the OPC and three provincial privacy authorities, has decided to “cease offering its facial recognition services in Canada.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

Ontario bill seeks to end limitation period ambiguity in class actions Jeremy Martin

An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that declined to address the silence in the province’s Class Proceedings Act (CPA) regarding the suspension of limitation periods will soon be resolved by the Ontario legislature. In Green v. Hospital for Sick Children 2020 ONCA 414, released on June 25, the court dismissed an appeal by Toronto-based SickKids that challenged the motion judge’s interpretation of section 28 (1) of the CPA. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

Competition Bureau plan aimed at ‘protecting competition in uncertain times’

The Competition Bureau has published its 2020-2021 annual plan, which outlines the steps it will take in the coming year to protect Canadians as the country deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Nova Scotia courts make masks mandatory

Visitors to Nova Scotia’s courts are now required to wear a face mask in all common areas, including entrance lobbies, elevators, interview rooms and waiting spots. The mandatory wearing of non-medical masks (NMM) started July 6, after Nova Scotia Judiciary’s Court Recovery Committee recommended their use “in situations where exposure to crowded public spaces was unavoidable and consistent physical distancing was not possible.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Ontario courts resume in-person proceedings despite lingering health concerns Paul Cavalluzzo sm

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is reopening courtrooms as scheduled the week of July 6-10 amid growing concern among Crown attorneys and other courthouse workers about the risks of returning to in-person proceedings. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Experts weigh in on Manitoba’s step toward modernizing courts Michael _Karanicolas_sm

Tech-minded legal experts are lauding Manitoba’s plan to develop an “Integrated Case Management” system in a bid to modernize its courts and bring better access to justice to the province. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 4:24 PM

Federal committee releases guidance on jury trial reboot

A action committee of justice officials has released guidance on resuming criminal jury trials that includes considering the use of conference centres for jury selection and rearranging where jurors sit in a courtroom. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Canada to help employers with pension and deferred leave plans Bill_Morneau_sm

As part of its economic response to the ongoing pandemic, the federal government is aiming to temporarily relax some rules in order to help employers keep their obligations when it comes to workers’ pension plans and deferred salary leave. ... [read more]