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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]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 1:36 PM

Judge exceeded bounds of judicial notice, Appeal Court rules in ordering new trial

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a sexual assault case, ruling that the trial judge exceeded the bounds of judicial notice by making findings that tainted his assessment of the complainant’s credibility. ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Key Appeal Court pay equity decision could place strain on not-for-profits, says lawyer Cheryl Wiles Pooran, partner, PooranLaw, Toronto

Vavilov has spelled victory in two significant Ontario Court of Appeal pay equity decisions involving thousands of Ontario women working in female-dominated for-profit nursing homes. But the March 9 split decisions by the Ontario Court of Appeal could have “dire consequences” for not-for-profit, government-funded agencies, warns one employment lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 1:55 PM

Ontario opens COVID-19 vaccination to those 75 and older, expands pharmacy rollout

Ontario is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to residents aged 75 and older starting March 22. Those eligible may arrange a vaccination appointment through the province’s recently unveiled online booking system or call centre. In a March 19 news release, the government also announced the expansion of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout through pharmacies for Ontarians aged 60 and older. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

Nova Scotia court to up its use of livestreaming Chief Justice Michael Wood, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

In the name of maintaining the open court principle, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is increasing its use of webcasting for the next several months. For the last year, like their counterparts across the country, Nova Scotia’s courts have either shut down, reduced operations or altered procedures as part of extensive efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:14 AM

Paper calls for changes to strengthen voice of Canada’s workers

Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis must include greater protections and a stronger “voice” for workers to better enable them to tackle current and coming challenges, states a report from the Centre for Future Work. The March 16 report, titled Speaking Up, Being Heard, Making Change: The Theory and Practice of Worker Voice in Canada Today, examines why this greater commitment to changing workplace culture is needed — particularly in the private sector, where an erosion of voice has impaired workers’ ability to adapt to change. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Federal funding to help support Indigenous justice project Justice Minister David Lametti

The federal government has announced financial support for a Manitoba-based project supporting Indigenous young women who are involved in the justice system and diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Ontario moves Ottawa area to Red-Control level of COVID restrictions Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health

Faced with worsening COVID-19 trends, Ontario is moving the Ottawa Public Health region to the Red-Control level of its pandemic response framework effective March 19 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]