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Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

Correctional service response to COVID-19 violates rights of incarcerated persons, lawsuit alleges Charlotte-Anne Malischewski, McCarthy Tétrault

Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in federal correctional facilities is facing scrutiny as seven current and former inmates have launched a court challenge arguing pandemic restrictions, such as lockdowns and a lack of access to services, have violated their constitutional rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 9:49 AM

Canada, U.K. free trade negotiations not likely to be controversial, legal experts say Lawrence Herman, Herman & Associates

Ottawa has launched a process which could see Canada signing a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom, less than a year after Britain completed its painful divorce from the European Union. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 2:55 PM

B.C.’s ban on outdoor protests unconstitutional, but religious restrictions justified: court

A constitutional challenge against COVID-19 public health restrictions in British Columbia has led to a mixed result, with B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson saying a man’s rights were violated when he was ticketed for protesting in public but finding a provincewide ban on in-person religious services was justified. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

Attorney general says Ontario moving forward with modernization agenda for justice system Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey says increasing the number of judicial candidates the attorney general can choose from will help modernize the province’s judicial selection process and is the reason why the government is legislating that change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 7:38 AM

Feds announce funding for COVID-19 safe isolation program

Ottawa is investing $23.7 million in an Ontario program that helps people who have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, access isolation accommodations to keep themselves and their community safe. The funding, which Health Minister Patty Hajdu unveiled March 23, will allow Ontario to operate a number of voluntary isolation sites in various communities identified under the province’s high priority community strategy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 12:49 PM

Women general counsel sitting on public boards going up: report Stacy McLean, Blakes

Women in-house counsel are dominating their male counterparts when it comes to sitting on the boards of public companies, but the number of females tapped to be chief legal officer continues to lag, according to a new report. Opportunities for Women General Counsel, released earlier in March by Canadian firm Blakes, looks at the state of women general counsel (GC) and their presence on public boards over the last several years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Ottawa extends deadline for emergency business support program Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has extended the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications until June 30. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business Minister Mary Ng announced the extension March 22. This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

‘Eyes of the world’ on Kovrig, Spavor trials, foreign minister says

Canada’s foreign minister is saying “the eyes of the world” are on the closed-door trials of two Canadians who have been held in China on espionage charges for more than two years. The trial of Michael Kovrig finished March 22, with a verdict to be announced at a future date. The trial for the second detained Canadian, Michael Spavor, ended under similar circumstances March 19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

New Water Act could give P.E.I. better tools to protect its water resources

At present, water-related issues in Prince Edward Island are regulated, along with a host of other environmental considerations, under the province’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA). That will change on June 16, when the first ever Water Act comes into effect. ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 3:14 PM

Ontario changes COVID-19 restrictions for eight regions, eases public dining rules

Effective March 22, eight of Ontario’s public health regions have been moved to different COVID-19 restriction zones, two days after the government relaxed rules for public dining in some areas, including Toronto. ... [read more]