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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:09 PM

Bill 218: The death of memory — six months later | Marvin Zuker

What lessons have we learned from the last six months and beyond about Ontario long-term care homes? And perhaps even more importantly, what has the independent Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission inquiry, chaired by former associate chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court Frank Marrocco, learned? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 11:48 AM

COVID-19 pandemic: Time to reassess corrections | Lee Chapelle

Was recently on TVO’s The Agenda, invited to speak to the recent report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and others, raising concerns about the increasing incarceration numbers within Canadian jails and prisons, in correlation with the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to my desire to flesh the subject out more thoroughly, particularly, to the right “audience.”   ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:26 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: The details | Colin Singer

Further to our series on hiring temporary foreign workers, as part of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) requirements employers must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:53 AM

With Ontario finally getting paid leave, let’s be generous | David Israelson

Now that Premier Doug Ford has relented and says he will bring in paid sick leave for Ontario workers — after voting against it 19 times — it’s time to look at what should go into any new provincial legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: A year later: What does COVID-19 mean for you? Gary Mitchell

It is now just a little over one year since the world, including the legal world, got kicked in the briefs. And yes, that pun was intended. From lockdown to opening up, then back and forth between different levels of restrictions, it’s certainly been a challenging year. This column serves as a recap of what we have gone through, and some of what we can expect moving forward. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Increase in divorces strains family law bar | Kendelle Pollitt

Family lawyers often find much to disagree about with each other when it comes to clients: parenting time arrangements, division of property and whose client is most “right,” to name a few. ... [read more]

Monday, April 26, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: Employer responsibilities | Colin Singer

The employer must ensure the temporary worker has the right entry document, either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. These documents are issued with the work permit when coming to Canada from another country. Depending on the type of work they will do in Canada and where they lived the previous year, temporary workers may have to undergo a medical examination during the application process. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Cops coming your way? Relax, we’ve got you COVID | Marcel Strigberger

Can I enter my law office during this stay-at-home order period? Many lawyers are concerned, asking what if the police show up? Certainly on the face of it, the government is sending a message prohibiting attendance, or putting it bluntly in the words of Yosemite Sam: BACK OFF! ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

The court backlog: Is this access to justice? | Jasmine Daya

My articling student walked into my office with her head lowered, barely able to make eye contact with me as she said, “I’m sorry Jasmine.” It was not her fault that the presiding master at motions court denied our request to add a litigation guardian to the action. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Hiring temporary foreign workers: International mobility | Colin Singer

Economic growth and a renewed need for temporary foreign workers is being seen all over Canada as companies gear back up to almost-normal business practices and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) slowly winds down with the arrival of vaccines. There are two main programs through which employers can have access to this pool of international talent and labour — the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). ... [read more]