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Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 3:47 PM

Ontario mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, volunteers in long-term care homes

On Oct. 1, the Ontario government announced COVID-19 vaccinations would be “mandatory for all in-home staff, support workers, students, and volunteers” of long-term care homes by Nov. 15. The government will also “expanded inspections of homes” and redirect “provincial resources to enhance and audit existing testing in homes.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 12:38 PM

Alberta courts impose vaccine mandate on judges, staff

Alberta’s courts have put in place a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for judges and court staff, and those who have not received the jab will soon be denied workplace access unless they can provide a valid exemption. ... [read more]

Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 10:45 AM - Last Updated: Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 4:43 PM

Ontario did not violate Constitution by downsizing wards during Toronto’s 2018 municipal election: SCC Geetha Philipupillai, Goldblatt Partners

In a groundbreaking Charter ruling on freedom of expression and on the unwritten constitutional principle of democracy, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-4 that the Ford government in Ontario did not violate the Constitution when it downsized the number of Toronto city wards in the midst of the 2018 municipal election. ... [read more]

Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal dismisses appeal of husband over marriage validity

The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that a marriage was “deemed valid” under the Marriage Act even though the parties did not attain a marriage licence from the jurisdiction where their religious ceremony took place. Counsel involved in the decision said the case provided “clarity in the law regarding parties’ intentions and what does it actually mean to be in compliance with the Marriage Act.” ... [read more]

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 11:57 AM - Last Updated: Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 2:17 PM

Federal Court affirms award for First Nations kids denied equal funding for child welfare services Justice Paul Favel

The Federal Court has rejected Ottawa’s bid to quash a landmark Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that awarded $40,000 to each First Nations child on reserve compelled since 2006 to leave home due to the discriminatory underfunding of child welfare services for Indigenous children, as well as $40,000 to each child’s parents or caregiving grandparents. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 8:56 AM

B.C. provincial court family law case applications now available online

British Columbians are now able to complete and file provincial family law case applications online as part of B.C.’s plan to modernize access to court services. The online service allows people to digitally fill out and file forms by answering simple questions for many family matters, including child support, parenting arrangements, case management and protection orders. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 4:25 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 4:44 PM

No vaccine mandate for Nunavut judges

Nunavut’s chief justice has “no plans to mandate vaccinations for judges” and is not asking that they disclose if they have had their full round of shots, says an official. However, Chief Justice Neil Sharkey “encourages all judges to become vaccinated,” said executive legal officer Mark Mossey in an e-mail to The Lawyer’s Daily.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

SCC refuses to hear appeals from Quebec judge facing discipline proceedings at judicial council

The Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear appeals from a Quebec Superior Court judge who is challenging discipline proceedings against him by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC). Without giving reasons, as per its normal practice, the top court on Sept. 29 dismissed leave applications by Justice Gérard Dugré, who faces separate allegations in CJC proceedings that he used intemperate and inappropriate language in court, and that he took too long to render judgment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 1:05 PM

Citizen Lab report highlights data collection during COVID-19, privacy law reform Chris Parsons, The Citizen Lab

On Sept. 28, the Citizen Lab released a “preliminary comparative analysis” of how various “information technologies were mobilized in response to COVID-19 to collect data” and the “extent to which Canadian health or privacy or emergencies laws impeded the response to COVID-19.” The report also highlights the “potential consequences of reforming data protection or privacy laws to enable more expansive data collection, use, or disclosure of personal information in future health emergencies.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Alberta announces plans to crack down on hospital protests Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta is taking steps to prevent the kind of anti-vaccine protests which have plagued Canadian health-care facilities in recent weeks. ... [read more]