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Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

New times, new thinking: What to say to COVID defiers | John MacMillan

As I shut the door, my wife asked me where I had gone. She and I had just returned from our daily self-isolated exercise walk, on a day that would picture in the dictionary under “spring perfection”; she knew that I had fulfilled my daily exercise, so why had I gone back outside? I said I’d spied a group of young guys shooting hoops at our nearby park’s basketball court and had headed out to chide them about social distancing. “I said ‘Boys, the courts are closed … didn’t you see the police tape on the rims?’ And they said they’d ripped it down. It got in the way of their shots. So I said, ‘how you gonna’ feel when you give your grandmother COVID-19? Get home now! This is serious!” ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 4:09 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, April 03, 2020 @ 4:08 PM

Manitoba Appeal Court embracing remote technology amid pandemic

Manitoba’s Appeal Court is turning to remote conferencing to get itself up and running again during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

LSO cancels June lawyer licensing exams, call to bar ceremonies

On April 2, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that the lawyer licensing examinations and the call to the bar ceremonies scheduled to take place in June 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Impact of COVID-19 on equine farms and facility operations Horses on horse farm

The COVID-19 pandemic has nuanced implications for Canadian equine farms and equestrian facilities. These operations must find the balance between being required to close as a result of the declaration of the state of emergency and remaining open as an essential business that provides for the health and welfare of animals. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

Northwest Territories courts shut down in-person services

Due to the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure physical distancing, the Court Services Division of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Justice announced that it is suspending in-person services at court registries and the Sheriff’s Office effective April 2 at 4 p.m. MDT. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Ryerson Innovation Zone seeks budding entrepreneurs for free online program

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is receiving applications for the second cohort of Concept Framework: a free, interactive online, six-week part-time program that helps future entrepreneurs understand how to turn their innovative idea into a proof of concept. Applications close on April 14. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Ontario emergency measures endanger marginalized, racialized groups | Naomi Sayers

On March 31, the Ontario government issued an order via the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The Act was developed by Emergency Management Ontario’s predecessor, Emergency Measures Ontario after a comparison study was completed which examined emergency programs in Ontario, similar jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. ... [read more]