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Category: Unsolicited Blog

What is seniority?

Erin Moores explains the basics of this sometimes controversial pillar of the unionized workplace

October 27, 2021
Erin Moores

Did expanded WSIA coverage for mental stress claims help workers?

In 2014, the Ontario government amended workers’ compensation legislation to make it easier for workers to make claims and be compensated for “mental stress”, i.e. mental illness caused by the workplace. In this post, Christine Davies and Gabriel Hoogers explain how this change has played out in practice and question whether workers really have access to meaningful remedies for mental stress.

October 20, 2021
Christine Davies Gabriel Hoogers

I got the job! Now what?

Geetha Philipupillai explains the basics of employment contracts for non-unionized employees and why getting legal advice is often worth it.

October 14, 2021
Geetha Philipupillai

Federal Court Sides with First Nations Children and Upholds Human Rights Rulings

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to Indigenous children removed from their homes in the child welfare system and to their caregivers. Rye Dutton takes us through the Court’s decision.

October 7, 2021

Does Canada’s privacy legislation apply to Google’s search engine?

Have you ever googled yourself? Of course you have! But have you ever wondered if there’s anything that you can do about what you saw? Anna Hulchanski and Natai Shelsen look at whether the Privacy Commissioner of Canada can investigate complaints regarding Google search results.

October 6, 2021
Natai Shelsen

A Settler’s Reflections on Orange Shirt Day: Reconciliation as awareness, acceptance, apology, atonement and action

Natai Shelsen reflects on the meaning of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and considers how we, as settlers, can engage in the process of reconciliation.

September 30, 2021
Natai Shelsen

Section 35 rights may extend to Indigenous peoples outside of Canada

Indigenous persons who are not Canadian citizens and who do not reside in Canada can exercise constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights. Darryl Korell takes us through the Supreme Court’s expansive interpretation of section 35 rights in R. v. Desautel.

September 29, 2021
Darryl Korell

Who regulates pension plans and how?

Doug LeFaive of our pension team tells us the basics of pension plan regulation rules in Canada, with a focus on Ontario.

September 22, 2021
Doug LeFaive

Canada’s new public holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government recently enacted a new public holiday, to be observed every year on September 30, which honours Indigenous People and commemorates the legacy of the residential school system. Gabe Hoogers explores what the day means and who will get the day off.

September 15, 2021
Gabriel Hoogers

The police want to ask me questions. What should I do?

Vanora Simpson outlines your rights and obligations when the police want to ask you questions, whether you are a witness or the accused.

August 31, 2021
Vanora Simpson