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Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 2:39 PM

With COVID-19 cases on rise, is your business prepared? Covid

Recent data suggests that Canada may be on the verge of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases this fall. In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in COVID-19 cases, accompanied by a rise in virus-related hospitalizations. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 1:43 PM

Is the Cannabis Act nipping competition in the bud? cannabis label

In October 2018, Canada’s Cannabis Act (the Act) came into force, which created a legal but highly regulated market for the production, import and export, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis in Canada. The Act’s passage was in distinct contrast from the federal government’s historical reliance on prohibitive measures to regulate cannabis use and positioned Canada as a global pioneer in this space. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 9:54 AM

Licence refused 10 years after it was issued | Sara Blake

Ersio Amendola had been a licensed paralegal for 10 years when the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) learned of a misrepresentation in his application for the licence. It held a hearing into whether to grant the licence (which he had had for 10 years) and issued a decision refusing to grant it. This decision was upheld by the Appeal Panel and, on judicial review, by the Divisional Court in Amendola v. Law Society of Ontario 2023 ONSC 4123. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 5:15 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 1:55 PM

SCC applies Vavilov standard of review framework; overturns FCA on immigration inadmissibility

Applying the Vavilov standard of review framework, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 8-0 that non-citizens can be found inadmissible to Canada and deported under the s. 34(1)(e) “security grounds” provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) only if the non-citizen’s alleged violent conduct had a nexus to national security or the security of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 4:23 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Feds announce ‘Voluntary Code of Conduct’ for AI development, management effective immediately Francois-Philippe Champagne

The federal government has announced Canada’s “Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems,” effective immediately. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 12:32 PM

Mediation in human rights cases: Ounce of prevention worth pound of cure

Human rights cases are on the rise. There are several contributing factors for this, including the increase in immigration and diverse hires within companies and organizations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 10:24 AM

Avoiding H-1B status: Some workable options Hand holding a U.S. Visa stamp

The H-1B temporary non-immigrant visa has been a significant part of U.S. immigration strategies for many decades. This visa status is for foreign nationals who possess a university degree or the equivalent and are coming to work in the U.S. in a position that minimally requires that degree or the equivalent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 1:45 PM

Quebec court ruling ‘important step forward’ for labour rights, lawyer says Jean Francois Raymond

A Quebec Superior Court decision that deemed unconstitutional a provincial law which banned police officers from wearing non-regulation uniforms while on duty may represent a significant advance for labour because it recognizes the right to modify uniforms as an “associational activity” that could be protected by the Canadian Charter, according to legal pundits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 1:07 PM

Consumer protection laws: Are your auto-renewing subscription revenues at risk? Dollar sign and calander with circular arrow

Subscription plans have become an integral revenue stream for many consumer-facing businesses over the last decade, especially with the explosion of online offerings that range from streaming platforms to food delivery services. These plans typically last for an indefinite period by renewing automatically at a regular frequency and giving businesses a predictable and continuous method of generating income. However, to be enforceable in Canada, these contract structures must comply with provincial consumer protection legislation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 8:56 AM

Business email compromise, money laundering email

In today’s hyperconnected world, businesses face a multitude of cyberthreats that can have far-reaching consequences. Two particularly concerning threats are business email compromise (BEC) and money laundering. While they may seem unrelated at first, they are often intertwined, with BEC serving as a gateway for money laundering activities. ... [read more]