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Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Law society aiming to broaden scope of services for Ontario paralegals, says treasurer Paralegal series logo

The Law Society of Ontario will continue to look at ways to expand the services that paralegals can provide across the province, including through a comprehensive study of the profession that is ongoing, said LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

B.C. Appeal Court provides clarity on what unions can advise members after certification: lawyer

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a woman was caught by a gap in the law when she filed a wrongful dismissal complaint after a union had been certified at her employer, but before a collective agreement had been negotiated. Ophira Goldman was dismissed from her position as a child protection social worker with Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS) in July 2017. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

Charter protection from cruel and unusual punishment for humans, not corporations: SCC Russell_Brown_sm

In a case involving a Quebec construction company fined tens of thousands of dollars for doing work without a licence, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that corporations cannot benefit from the Charter’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment — a right the justices found to be reserved for human beings. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Canada to fix ‘no-fly’ list, address mistaken identity Bill_Blair_sm

Canada’s government is attempting to fix issues with its controversial “no-fly” list by addressing situations where passengers are falsely flagged because they happen to have the same name as someone on that list. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Ontario cybersecurity panel could shape privacy and data security legislation, say lawyers Lyndsay Wasser sm

The findings of an expert panel on cybersecurity recently formed by the Ontario government could significantly influence future privacy and digital security legislation in the province, say two lawyers with expertise in the field. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:35 PM

Halifax court to hear in-person motions for directions

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court in Halifax will soon begin hearing in-person motions for directions, further expanding its attempts to return to normal operations. According to a Nov. 4 news release, the court’s general division will begin dealing with all motions for directions at the Law Courts of Halifax as in-person matters, starting Nov. 16. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Conflict brewing over whether business interruption insurance can cover pandemic-related losses Tony Vecchio, Slater Vecchio

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses to shut their doors or significantly scale back their operations, which for most has meant a loss of income. But a fight is beginning to emerge over whether those businesses will be able to receive coverage under their insurance policies to cover the losses they have endured since March. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Ontario set to ease COVID-19 restrictions in modified stage 2 areas, including Toronto

Ontario is loosening COVID-19 public health restrictions in the province’s so-called hot zones with the introduction of a multi-tiered system that will permit indoor dining and allow gyms to reopen under controlled conditions. The colour-coded COVID-19 response framework will move Peel Region, York Region and Ottawa into the Orange-Restrict classification effective Nov. 7 at 12:01 a.m., with Toronto following suit on Nov. 14, according to a Nov. 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 4:24 PM

Ottawa proposes more rent relief for businesses, organizations hit by second wave Chrystia_Freeland_sm

As part of its response to the second wave of COVID-19, Canada’s government is aiming to increase rent support for hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities, and it has launched online help for small businesses wanting to break into new international markets. ... [read more]