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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 11:33 AM

Banking proposals aimed at more proportional approach for smaller institutions, legal experts say Maziar Peihani, Lawson Lundell UBC Professor in Business Law at the University of British Columbia

Canada’s banking regulator is seeking input on a number of proposed regulatory changes aimed at fully implementing an international framework which was designed to help ensure the solvency of financial institutions after the 2007-09 financial crisis. The federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)’s consultation on introducing the latest and final round of Basel III framework into its capital, leverage and related disclosure guidelines for banks runs until the beginning of June. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

B.C. issues ‘circuit breaker’ protections to address rising COVID-19 case counts

British Columbia has issued new restrictions on indoor dining and fitness as it begins a three-week “circuit breaker” process to address the rise in COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

Gravestone, memorial coming for first Canadian-born Black lawyer Abraham Beverley Walker

A group in New Brunswick is raising money for a monument to mark the grave of Abraham Beverley Walker, the first Canadian-born Black lawyer. The team, which includes the New Brunswick Black History Society (NBBHS), Pride of Race, Unity, Dignity through Education (PRUDE) and several local lawyers is aiming to raise $6,000 for the gravestone and a memorial plaque for the courthouse in Saint John, according to Peter Little, an amateur historian and researcher of Walker’s past. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 4:10 PM

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in Ontario; London moved to Red-Control

Ontario has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to other parts of the province and is tightening COVID-19 public health restrictions in London, moving the province’s fifth largest population centre to the Red-Control level effective March 30 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

Ontario fails in second attempt to shut down landmark climate change challenge Danielle Gallant, lawyer, Ecojustice

A key climate change lawsuit pitting seven young environmentalists against the Ontario government has cleared another legal hurdle. In a brief March 25 decision in Mathur v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario 2021 ONSC 1624, a Divisional Court appeal panel comprised of Justices Katherine E. Swinton, Deena F. Baltman and Freya Kristjanson dismissed the Ontario government’s motion for leave to appeal a Nov. 12 decision by Superior Court Justice Carole J. Brown in Mathur v. Ontario 2020 ONSC 6918. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal rules couple must face third trial in death of young son

In yet another twist to a tragic legal case, David Stephan and Collet Stephan have been ordered by the Court of Appeal of Alberta to stand trial for a third time on charges of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month old son Ezekiel, who died of bacterial meningitis in 2012. The couple used herbal and naturopathic supplements to treat his illness, seeking medical intervention only towards the very end. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 7:39 AM

Ontario Appeal Court orders retrial in gun/drugs case over misapprehension of evidence

In R. v. Biya 2021 ONCA 171, released on March 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for Abadula Biya, who in 2018 was convicted on several firearms-related charges as well as possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (MDEA) for the purpose of trafficking and was sentenced to four years in prison. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Ontario moves Hamilton to lockdown, lowers vaccine eligibility to age 70 in Toronto

“Concerning trends” have prompted Ontario to move Hamilton to the Grey-Lockdown level of COVID-19 public health restrictions effective March 29 at 12:01 a.m. At the same time, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes Cornwall, will be moved to Red-Control and, effective March 26, the Timiskaming Health Unit has been moved to Red-Control under Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Ottawa proposes $7.2B in funding for health care, municipalities Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has introduced legislation which would provide $7.2 billion in support for urgent health-care needs as Canada continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:10 PM

Manitoba, Saskatchewan react to Supreme Court carbon tax ruling

Manitoba will press on with its legal battle against the federal carbon tax, while Saskatchewan will introduce its own tax following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Ottawa’s carbon pricing is constitutionally sound. On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 6-3 that the federal government’s implementation of its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) falls within its powers. ... [read more]