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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 @ 2:46 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week The Friday Brief

Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Nova Scotia Appeal Court adjourns additional hearings

Stepping up efforts to stunt the spread of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s Court of Appeal has extended the stoppage of its regular operations by shelving all scheduled hearings until the fall. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

U.S. antitrust laws, Brexit Brexit

The Office of Fair Trading and the European Commission (commission) were combined into a single authority, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The primary duty of the CMA is to seek to promote competition within and outside the U.K. for the benefit of consumers. After Dec. 31, 2020, Brexit will likely result in parallel investigations between the CMA and the Competition Commission (CC). ... [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]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 4:57 PM

SCC to hear Toronto’s Charter challenge to Ford government’s downsizing of city council

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear Toronto city council’s challenge to the Ontario government’s controversial downsizing of the number of Toronto city wards in the midst of the 2018 municipal election. On March 26, the top court granted the city leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s 3-2 decision last year which upheld the constitutionality of the Better Local Government Act, 2018 (Bill 5): Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2019 ONCA 732. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench makes changes to commissioning of affidavits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, in consultation with the Law Society of Alberta, announced that is has made a number of accommodations for the commissioning of affidavits. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

N.S. Supreme Court stops accepting hard copy documents, turns to electronic filing

In efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is no longer accepting hard copy documents at its courthouses and advising lawyers and the self-representing to use e-mail or fax for “urgent and essential matters.”   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

On front lines of COVID-19: The struggle to stay informed Emergency room nursing station

As an OR nurse, my day looks drastically different than it did two weeks ago. All elective and non-essential surgeries have been postponed, so I am answering calls for Telehealth. The phone rings, as it has all day, non-stop. Wearily, I pick up and say, “Good afternoon, Health link, Nurse speaking,” and hear a nervous and frightened woman on the other end. ... [read more]