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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Juror mental health bill would show citizens justice system ‘will not let you down’: senator Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

People who have experienced mental health issues after serving as jurors in a criminal trial may soon have more support thanks to a bill which is winding its way through the Senate. Bill S-212 would amend the Criminal Code to allow jurors the opportunity to discuss their experiences during a trial with a health-care professional, which is currently prohibited by law. The bill also requires the health professional providing the service to be authorized under provincial jurisdiction. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 4:58 PM

Biden administration still holds challenges for Canada, say former politicians Christy Clark sm

A Joe Biden presidency in the United States will present a strategic opportunity for Canada to reset its most important international relationship, but Ottawa will be challenged by issues such as the likely demise of the Keystone XL pipeline and a rekindled competition for top international talent, said a panel of former high-profile Canadian politicians. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Refunds for cancelled flights will be key in COVID-19 aid to airlines

Ottawa is pledging that a future aid package for Canada’s battered and bruised airline industry will be contingent on refunds being given to customers for cancelled flights. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said Nov. 8 that while the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has “hit the air sector harder than any other” — passenger levels have plummeted due to travel restrictions and widespread fear of transmission — there have been “many Canadians who have been negatively affected.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Action committee offers guidance on resuming court operations in remote, Indigenous communities Chief Justice Richard Wagner

A committee of justice officials established to guide court operations as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has issued new guidance on the safe restoration on court operations for northern, remote and Indigenous communities. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

Mixed reaction as Alberta government panel recommends pure no-fault auto insurance Maia Tomljanovic, Cuming & Gillespie

A government-appointed panel is recommending Alberta implement a pure no-fault automobile insurance system, but the province is promising to consult with the public on what it characterizes as a transformational change. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 5:53 PM

Company had no duty of care to sandwich shops impacted by meat recall: SCC Sheilah_Martin_sm

A negligence claim by Mr. Sub franchisees suing Maple Leaf Foods for losses suffered from a highly publicized meat recall cannot proceed after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Maple Leaf owed a duty of care not to the shop owners, but to consumers, and cited a lack of contractual connection between it and the franchisees. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

Ottawa extends funding for innovative business subsidy

The federal government has announced it will spend over $155 million to extend an emergency wage subsidy aimed at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement Nov. 6. The money will go towards the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Innovation Assistance Program (IRAP IAP). ... [read more]

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]