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What legal framework governs B.C.’s response to covid-19?   The Emergency Program Act  (EPA), passed in 1993, is the principal legislation for responding to disasters and emergencies in British Columbia. If the Minster of Public Safety, or the entire cabinet, is satisfied...

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British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) has been amended in response to concerns regarding covid-19.  The amendments are now in effect. They include two new job protected unpaid leaves of absence: a covid-19 related leave; and an unpaid illness or injury leave. BC’s...

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Liquor and cannabis stores remain open.   The list of essential services seems to be about a mile long. Amid all the concern about coronavirus, covid-19, even dollar stores are open. Lawyers are considered an “essential service.”  By definition, this includes the judiciary. Why,...

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As International Women’s Day approaches, what better time to introduce legislative amendments to assist employees impacted by “domestic or sexual violence.” For simplicity, I will refer to this as domestic abuse.  If implemented, the amendments will also apply to employees...

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“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was” (Joseph Hall).   Words, once spoken, can be impossible to ever take back. This includes social media posts. Social...

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This time of year, many of us are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday season. It is important to remember that the two biggest holidays of the year – Christmas and Easter- arise from one faith tradition. Of course, not everyone shares...

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The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) regulates the practice of law within the province. Recently it identified eight individuals and businesses that were misrepresenting themselves as lawyers. The LSBC required them to sign written commitments stating that they won’t practice...

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What is the “right to be forgotten”? Does it exist in Canada? This right arises from a 2014 decision of the European Union Court of Justice, commonly referred to as the “Google Spain” decision.  Google Spain Decision The case arose from announcements published...

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The B.C. Court of Appeal recently released a decision in which justice was done in a very sad case.  The case involved a woman named Ms. Tanious. Just before starting a new job in 2005, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis...

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