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Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:54 PM

COVIDIOTs could be deterred by Emergencies Act | Laurelly Dale

One might be intoxicated if they were to drink every time a reporter asked Prime Minister Trudeau whether he will try to invoke the Emergencies Act, R.S.C., 1985, c.22 (4th Supp.). ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

First Nation elections pose significant health risk | Pamela Palmater and Maggie Wente

First Nations in Canada are being told by federal officials that if they do not proceed with their elections, there will be a “governance gap,” i.e. the federal government will not recognize their governments. This sends the clear message that the federal government is more concerned about controlling First Nations’ governance practices than the health and safety of their citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Ontario’s anti-human trafficking initiative | Elene Lam, Anne Margaret Deck, Sandra Ka Hon Chu blue_ribbon_sm

On March 6, the Ontario government announced an investment of $307 million over five years in an alleged strategy to “combat human trafficking and end sexual exploitation across the country.” The unprecedented scale of the financial investment in the strategy, which includes funding for community-based services and the bolstering of misguided law enforcement efforts, coincides with some of the most comprehensive budget cuts and privatization of services in Ontario. This strategy will do profound harm to sex workers, while failing to meaningfully address human trafficking. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

Some chicken, some neck: Why humour’s beneficial in trying times | Marcel Strigberger

To what extent is humour beneficial or rather perhaps necessary in these times of COVID-19 adversity? Some will drop platitudes such as, “Humour? You’re not taking this seriously,” or “This is no time for humour.”   ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Stepping up for Ontario’s families | AJ Jakubowska

As we come to terms with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is important to be hopeful. Today, hope provides important balance to the openly apparent but also underlying sense of uncertainty, and even anxiety, so many Ontarians are facing. Yet hope must be accompanied by action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws | Ravi Jain

Immigration lawyers have been grappling with a flurry of new rules relating to COVID-19. There have been Transport Canada announcements as per the Aeronautics Act, Program Delivery Instructions and “Special Instructions” by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), pronouncements by the minister of public safety, the deputy prime minister and even the prime minister. There has been a travel ban and then exceptions to the travel ban. There have been orders-in-council amending earlier versions of the same and also amendments to the Regulations to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis | Victoria Shroff

Health and well-being of humans is interrelated with our family pets and should be addressed. It’s a troubling time for humans, but animals are also impacted by COVID-19’s world rampage. ... [read more]