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Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 11:36 AM

Vaccine guidance updated, Tam assures efficiency of AstraZeneca

On June 17, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, provided an update on vaccine guidance and announced that Canada is seeing “seeing impressive numbers in vaccine coverage.” As of June 11, Tam noted, there have been “7,408 reports of adverse events following immunization; these include any medical event that occurs following immunization, but isn’t necessarily related to the vaccine.” ... [read more]

Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 7:52 AM

Franchise law in Quebec Fleur-de-lis

Nunavut, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan do not have their own franchise law. Unlike the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) and Regulations, B.C. Franchises Act and Regulations, Alberta Franchises Act, The Franchises Act (Manitoba), Franchises Act Regulations (Prince Edward Island) and Franchises Act (New Brunswick), Quebec has no particular legislation in this area, but is regulated with the general provisions of the Civil Code of Quebec (CCQ) and the Charter of the French Language. ... [read more]

Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 6:49 AM

Ministers laud Bill C-15 as ‘critical step’ in upholding rights of Indigenous Peoples David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada

On June 16, David Lametti, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, and Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, issued a joint statement noting they are “very pleased that the Senate has passed Bill C-15, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act” and they “eagerly await royal assent.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 5:29 PM

Ontario expanding second dose eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines

The Ontario government announced on June 17 that the province will “accelerate its vaccine rollout by expanding eligibility for second doses ahead of schedule.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 4:23 PM

Chief Justice Wagner hopes stakeholders will ‘explore new ways to use technology’ Chief Justice Richard Wagner, of the Supreme Court of Canada

In a press conference on June 17, Chief Justice Richard Wagner announced that the Supreme Court of Canada will continue to hold virtual hearings “if parties want it that way.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:19 PM

Constitutional change as a result of Alberta equalization referendum unlikely, legal observers say Eric Adams, University of Alberta

Voters in Alberta will be given a chance later this year to weigh in on Canada’s system of equalization payments, but legal scholars are pouring cold water on the idea that it will bring about meaningful constitutional change. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 1:58 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:56 PM

PM announces nomination of Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Jamal to SCC Justice Mahmud Jamal, nominated to the Supreme Court of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 17 announced the nomination of Justice Mahmud Jamal to the Supreme Court of Canada. According to a government release, Justice Jamal “had a distinguished career as a litigator with a deep commitment to pro bono work prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2019. He appeared in 35 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada on civil, constitutional, criminal and regulatory issues. He also taught constitutional law at McGill University and administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

Our Charter is most vulnerable during times of emergency | Henna Parmar

Throughout history, we have seen that the most egregious human rights violations occur in the face of emergencies. Unfortunately, it is only in hindsight that we are able to see the extent of the irreversible damage that has been caused by the government’s ability to violate our civil liberties and our right to due process. The Charter has shaped our past, but it will also shape our future. Canada’s democracy relies on precedent that demonstrates that protecting Charter rights of Canadians is of the utmost importance and is fundamental to our free and democratic society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 4:38 PM

Outbreak in Kashechewan First Nation ‘increasingly alarming,’ says Indigenous services minister

In a press conference on June 16, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced extra funding would be sent to the Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario to assist with a COVID-19 outbreak that is impacting the community’s youth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 4:20 PM

P.E.I. to relax travel rules for the vaccinated

Currently having no active cases of COVID-19, Prince Edward Island is accelerating its loosening of travel protocols for those vaccinated and entering from within Atlantic Canada. According to a June 15 news release, the requirement that incoming travellers self-isolate will be lifted in certain circumstances as part of the province’s effort to speed up its “Moving Forward” plan. ... [read more]