COVID-19 News

Printable information cards and posters to help Toronto share messages about how to stay safe during COVID-19

From the City of Toronto – From the City of Toronto – Use these printable information cards and posters to help the City share messages about how to stay safe during COVID-19.
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On the Radar – Paying back the CERB

When the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was first introduced, the government accepted most applications without checking to make sure that people were eligible. Now they’re planning to do this.
If someone got the CERB when they should not have, the government says that they’ll have to pay it back.

COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services

COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services
CLEO has updated information about the courts during the COVID-19 situation.
Criminal Law:

I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Ontario Court of Justice. What should I do?
I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Superior Court of Justice.

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Health as Economy Reopens

From the Government of Ontario –  Today, the Ontario government introduced proposed legislation that, if passed, would give the province the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed legislation is part of the government’s plan for the continued safe and gradual reopening of the province once the declaration of emergency ends.

Premier Doug Ford to extend emergency COVID-19 powers into next year – Toronto Star

From The Toronto Star – Premier Doug Ford is moving to extend the Progressive Conservative government’s COVID-19 emergency powers past the province’s state of emergency, which expires next week.
The Canadian Press first reported that Solicitor General Sylvia Jones will introduce the potentially controversial legislation on Tuesday.
“It allows us to transition away from the declaration of emergency,

Notice to the Profession and the Public re Criminal Case Management Appearances and Setting Trial and Preliminary Inquiry Dates (Published July 2, 2020) – Ontario Court of Justice

From the Ontario Court of Justice – This Notice provides a further update regarding court operations in the Ontario Court of Justice, relating to (i) criminal case management appearances; and (ii) setting criminal trial and preliminary inquiry dates.
The Ministry of the Attorney General, which is responsible for courts administration and courthouse facilities,

Toronto city council votes to make masks mandatory indoors

From CBC News – Toronto’s city council has voted to make non-medical masks and face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“It is about respecting and protecting each other,” Mayor John Tory said at a morning news conference, adding that it will be a key element to reopening the city safely.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice unveils first phase of courtroom reopening

From The Lawyer’s Daily – Starting July 6, Ontario will resume in-person proceedings at 56 Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) courtrooms in the first phase of its province-wide reopening.
The specific court locations are detailed in a June 25 Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused, Media and Members of the Public.

Federal Court ending suspension period; Ontario starts first phase of courts reopening plan

From iPolitics – Slowly but surely, courtrooms in Canada are starting to reopen to the public. But, don’t expect judicial proceedings to get back to normal anytime soon.
Starting today, the registry counters for the Federal Court are reopening, though with limited staff, which will only accept filings for paper copies of confidential documents.

COVID-19: Latest updates on the law and legal services

CLEO has added new information about the law and legal services during the COVID-19 situation.
Employment and Work:

Can my employer lay me off permanently because of COVID-19?
How does constructive dismissal work during COVID-19?
Now that daycares can re-open, can my employer force me to return to work?

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