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Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 08

We are pleased to present the eighth issue of Discovery, our very own legal publication targeted to educational institutions in Atlantic Canada.

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the country, a renewed sense of hope is in the air. But what does that mean for universities and colleges in Atlantic Canada as they look to the future? This issue addresses a range of topics relevant to academic institutions in the region, from liability for online misconduct and confidentiality policies, to student accommodation and COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace.

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Beyond the border: Immigration update – October 2021

October 20, 2021

We are pleased to present the seventh installment of Beyond the border, a publication aimed at providing the latest information to clients about new programs and other immigration-related information that may be pertinent to employers of…

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Implementation of vaccine passports in Newfoundland and Labrador

October 6, 2021

Meghan Foley On September 28, 2021, the St. John’s Board of Trade hosted the Department of Health and Community Services, Digital Government and Service NL, and the NL Centre for Health Information, to provide an…

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Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – who gets the holiday?

September 27, 2021

Harold Smith, QC and Chelsea Drodge Background On September 29, 2020, the government introduced Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day…

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Time off to vote in the 2021 federal election

September 15, 2021

Richard Jordan The federal election will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021. Under s. 132 of the Canada Elections Act (“Act”), every employee who is an elector (i.e. a Canadian citizen and 18 years…

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Nova Scotia to recognize September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day

September 9, 2021

*Last updated: September 9, 2021 (originally published September 3, 2021) Katharine Mack The Nova Scotia government announced earlier today, September 3, that it would annually recognize September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day, beginning in…

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Final report of advisory committee on open banking

August 26, 2021

Kevin Landry and Annelise Harnanan (summer student) Recently, the Advisory Committee on Open Banking released the Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Open Banking, (“Report”) confirming its intention to implement a broader, more modernized…

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Termination for just cause: do employers need to investigate? McCallum v Saputo, 2021 MBCA 62

August 25, 2021

Kathleen Nash In a recent decision, McCallum v Saputo,¹ the Manitoba Court of Appeal confirmed that an employer does not have a “free-standing, actionable duty” to investigate an employee’s conduct prior to dismissal.² The Court of Appeal held…

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Canadian border re-opening: phased approach for fully vaccinated travellers

August 25, 2021

Brendan Sheridan The Government of Canada is undertaking a phased approach to re-opening the international border. While the government has had limited exemptions to the travel prohibitions throughout the pandemic, the loosening of the restrictions…

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IIROC and MFDA merging into one singular self-regulated organization

August 13, 2021

Kevin Landry On August 3, 2021 the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) announced plans to combine the Investment Industry Regulation Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) with the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”). This move will…

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Right time to strike – Courts less reticent to strike pleadings in Newfoundland and Labrador

August 12, 2021

John Samms, with the assistance of Olivia Bungay (summer student) In a recent decision, S.D. v Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority, 2021 NLSC 100, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador denied the Plaintiff’s application…

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