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Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 1:49 PM

Canada immigration and COVID-19 during 2020: Part one | Colin Singer

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted the Canada immigration system since restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. Canada’s federal government reacted by restricting international travel and closing the Canada-U.S. border, with most of the measures taken still in place eight months later and likely to remain into 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Is Ford’s Ontario budget fighting COVID or killing conservation? | David Israelson

Did Ontario Premier Doug Ford think that because we’re in a pandemic, nobody would notice how he keeps trying to undermine environmental protection and conservation in this province? ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 12:16 PM

Bill 207: An important step forward for women fleeing abuse | Pamela Cross

Bill 207, the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, received royal assent on Nov. 20. In all likelihood, these revisions to the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA) will come into effect on March 1, 2021, the same date that similar revisions to the federal Divorce Act are implemented. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 26, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Rule of law in era of virtual hearings: Doing justice? | Joseph Groia

Like the rest of the world, the legal profession has spent the last eight months isolating or socially distancing and implementing countless other changes. As a result, the way in which the legal system operates has undergone a significant shift. A fundamental part of this shift, and the main subject of this small note, is the move to videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom or WebEx, now widely used as a substitute for in-person meetings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 2:43 PM

Protecting the public from unqualified family law practitioners | Sarah Boulby

In part one, I discussed Toronto Lawyers Association’s (TLA) view that establishing a family legal services provider will not advance access to justice, may cause actual harm as currently constituted and will divert precious resources from other, more pressing access to justice issues. Part two will address, in detail, one reason why the TLA does not support the creation of the new profession: our intention to protect the public from unqualified practitioners. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

Proposed Jane Goodall Act game-changing animal law breakthrough | Victoria Shroff

There’s a brand new animal protection bill just released that could “pawsitively” change Canadian animal law forever. I can think of no greater impact to animal law in recent times than the proposed game-changing Jane Goodall Act, Bill S-218. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Bill C-12 can demonstrate environmental leadership to Canadian business | Janis Sarra

The federal government’s Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, tabled in Parliament on Nov. 19, is a welcome signal for Canadian businesses. Its aim is to create transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Net-zero emissions mean reducing human-caused GHG to the point that any carbon-emitting activity is offset by climate positive activities such as scaled-up renewable energy, building retrofits and enhancement of forests and other “natural carbon sinks.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 10:36 AM

Avoidable brain injuries will continue under new birthing guideline | Richard Halpern

An updated guideline for health professionals involved in the birthing process may help them deal with malpractice claims but will do little to reduce the number of babies hurt during deliveries. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Benchers, do the right thing ... please | Dan Goldberg and Margaret MacDonald

In August, the Law Society of Ontario unveiled a policy to revoke the long-established exemption from payment of LSO fees granted to retired non-practising lawyers who are 65 years and over. The LSO’s original proposal was for this cohort to pay 25 per cent of the regular fee schedule. There was no prior notice to the profession of this proposal. So, what happened? ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

Federal approval to decriminalize drugs in Vancouver unlikely | Kyla Lee

The overdose crisis is a pandemic unto itself, affecting thousands of lives on a daily basis in Canada. The death toll is worse than that of COVID-19, with thousands of people losing their lives across Canada every year. And Vancouver is one of the nation’s epicentres of the overdose crisis. ... [read more]