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Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

Saskatchewan court suspends jury trials for rest of 2020 Martel_Popescul_sm

In the face of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, the province’s Court of Queen’s Bench is shelving all jury trials for the remainder of this year. As of Nov. 20, the court postponed all jury trials scheduled to start between then and Dec. 31, according to a notice from the court. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Ontario lawyers claim Landlord and Tenant Board mismanagement may cause housing crisis Tracy Heffernan sm

Legal aid lawyers from across Ontario claim that the provincial government’s mismanagement of the Landlord and Tenant Board could cause a COVID-19 housing crisis, as the board rushes to clear a huge backlog of cases using remote technology that many low-income tenants cannot access. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

IRB’s factual jurisprudential guides didn’t overstep mark: Federal Court of Appeal Lorne Waldman

The Federal Court of Appeal has reinforced the power of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) chairperson to formulate jurisprudential guides (JGs) containing factual determinations even as it urged caution about their use. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 5:42 PM

Ontario sex offender law invokes ‘prejudicial and stereotypical views’ about mentally ill: SCC Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling which declared Ontario’s sex offender registry to be discriminatory against people who have been found not criminally responsible due to mental disorder and have also received an absolute discharge, a decision which also gives some updated guidance on when a court should impose a declaration of invalidity. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 5:13 PM

Ontario moves Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown

The Ontario government is moving Toronto and Peel Region into the lockdown phase of its COVID-19 response framework starting Nov. 23 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 4:31 PM

Trudeau urging vigilance in face of dire COVID-19 projections

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pleading with Canadians to stay home and physically distance to slow the quickening spread of COVID-19 but is not ready to use a federal “hammer” to close interprovincial borders as a response to spikes being seen around the country. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Trial judge erred in calculating spousal support, rules Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has found that a trial judge who decided on a divorce case incorrectly assessed spousal support when he accepted the ex-husband’s contention that his annual income was only $24,226, even though he owned three rental properties worth an estimated $5 million. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

New B.C. pandemic measures include mandatory masks, restrictions on social gatherings

British Columbia has brought in wide-ranging new measures to control the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory masks for indoor public spaces and restricting social gatherings to household members only. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 7:36 AM

New federal climate legislation lays out road map to achieve ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa has introduced legislation which will require policymakers to set out a framework to achieve “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, following up on a key promise the government made during the last federal election. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 5:01 PM

RCMP apologizes for sexual harassment, homophobia in its ranks Brenda Lucki

The commissioner of the RCMP has apologized to members of her force following an independent report calling for an external, in-depth review into the Mounties after finding sexual harassment, misogyny and homophobia within the policing organization. ... [read more]