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Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 3:57 PM

Democracy Watch tells Federal Court Trudeau’s ‘snap’ election call violates fixed election date law

Democracy Watch is asking the Federal Court to declare that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call of an early federal election violated Canada’s fixed election date law which was not scheduled until 2023. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:21 PM

Liberal, NDP platforms propose criminalizing harassment of health workers for COVID restrictions

With the pandemic-focused federal election campaign set to end with a vote on Sept. 20, both the Liberals and the NDP pledged this week to criminalize protesters who harass health-care workers or impede access to hospitals, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau further promising that, if re-elected, his government will protect businesses facing lawsuits for implementing restrictive anti-COVID-19 health measures. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 9:19 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

More than 100 Canadian jurists demand Ottawa block any new bid by France to extradite Diab

As the federal election campaign enters its last days, dozens of Canadian jurists and legal academics have issued an open letter calling on federal Justice Minister David Lametti to block any future efforts by France to extradite Canadian Hassan Diab for a second time. Diab, a Lebanese-born sociology instructor at Carleton University in Ottawa, was ordered to stand trial by French appeal courts for an unsolved terrorist bombing outside a Paris synagogue 41 years ago, which killed four people and wounded more than 40. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 8:57 AM

Government can’t avoid constitutional challenge by saying law will be repealed: Alberta rights group Jay Cameron, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF)

Alberta’s highest court will soon be grappling with the issue of public interest standing in constitutional cases, a decision which could pave the way to a major challenge of steps the provincial government took to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Newfoundland court passing on vaccine requirement for judges

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is not requiring its judges or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but urging them to get their shots all the same. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

COVID-19 created ‘perfect storm of market volatility,’ says director of investor clinic Poonam Puri, IPC academic director

The Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) has seen legal aid inquiries more than double over the course of the pandemic, showing how COVID-19 has created a “perfect storm of market volatility.” According to the IPC’s 2021 annual report, the clinic has “completed 57 intake interviews between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, up from 18 in the same period last year.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

Ontario releases proof of COVID-19 vaccination regulations, expands third dose eligibility

On Sept. 14, the Ontario government released regulations and further guidance for businesses regarding the proof of vaccination policy which will be in force as of Sept. 22. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Employers’ EI premium rate to be the same in 2022, feds say

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission has announced next year’s premiums for employment insurance (EI) and the maximum insurable earnings for 2022. The EI premium rates for 2022 are set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees, and $2.21 for employers. Employers will pay 1.4 times the employee rate — a premium rate unchanged from 2020 and 2021, according to a Sept. 14 news release from Employment and Social Development Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 9:42 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Parents could face fines, liability if they send kids to school with COVID-19, lawyer warns Nainesh Kotak, founder of Kotak Personal Injury Law

The start of the academic year has brought on a rise in COVID-19 cases, with schools across Ontario reporting active cases amongst students and staff. One school in the province, Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall, has been ordered to close until at least Sept. 20 to curb the spread of the virus in the school and community. ... [read more]