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As we enter phase 2 of the British Columbia government’s announced “restart plan,” to gradually re-open businesses and ease restrictions, it is interesting to think about what legal authority is being used to make temporary emergency based legal changes amid...

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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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  • Photo: "Coronavirus Research" by danielfoster437 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
In March, 2020, concerns began to mount over covid-19. We heard that certain group gatherings resulted in outbreaks of the virus. Some of these events involved health care professionals.  An Alberta outbreak was traced to an Edmonton curling bonspiel. More than...

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“Moot” is commonly used to mean “hypothetical.”  Whether a case is legally "moot" or not is a narrower question than common usage may suggest.  It is a question which may, depending on the case, require some analysis. The framework for determining whether...

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“Driver in Humboldt crash wasn't distracted at time of collision with bus, document says” read the headline. It reminds me of a joke my mother, a Saskatchewan resident, tells:   “A small car and a semi collided. The driver of the semi...

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  • Photo: "Holidays 2010" by Ashpet is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
We couldn't help but share again this adaptation we wrote last year, based on a favorite seasonal song... Do you remember me?I sat upon your kneeI wrote to you with childhood fantasiesA grown-up lawyer now,I still have hope somehow,I'm not a...

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  • Photo: "Eid Mubarak Greeting Cards" by Rimana Zaman is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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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  • Image: "Search." by Jeffrey Beall is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
When an organization becomes aware of a potential problem, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, drug use or trafficking, embezzlement or safety violations, one of the first things to do is investigate. Whether you are a complainant, an employee under investigation, a...

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  • "Himaya" by Souha Nasri is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0
Today, a story about how a simple act by just one person improved someone else’s life. Early one morning, person A was traveling to work. It was still dark. The streets were quiet. He sat at the traffic light near his...

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Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee I wrote to you with childhood fantasies   A grown-up lawyer now, I still have hope somehow, I'm not a child but my heart still can dream   So here's my lifelong wish, My lawyer’s Christmas list, Not for myself, but...

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