#Canada; #CanadaJustice; #LGBTQ2Canadians; #COVID19Pandemic
Ottawa, Sep 8 (Canadian-Media): David Lametti, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced Sep 8 funding of $125,784 to Egale Canada through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program to provide with public legal education and information LGBTQ2 Canadians, who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A non-profit organisation, Egale Canada aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ2 people in Canada by informing public policy, and promoting human rights and inclusion, through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.
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A study conducted by Egale Canada April 2020 found that more than half (52%) of Canada's LGBTQ2 households have faced lay-offs or reduced employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 39% of overall Canadian households with nearly 60% of LGBTQ2 respondents reporting that they expect their mental health to be negatively impacted in the next 2 months compared to only 42% of the general public.
“LGBTQ2 rights are human rights, and no one should have to face additional hardships because of who they are or who they love. We are proud to partner with Egale Canada to provide additional support to LGBTQ2 Canadians who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the increased needs of the community during this already challenging time,” said Lametti in a news release.
With an aim to develop webinars in both official language, Egale Canada aims to help meet the challenging needs of LGBTQ2 individuals with intersecting, racialized identities with access to justice related to housing, employment and immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Through our recent national research, we know that the LGBTQI2S community is facing alarmingly disproportionate impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding from Justice Canada will help us address the gaps we’re seeing in immigration, housing, and employment by providing LGBTQI2S people across Canada with the resources and supports they need during this difficult time,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Canada in a news release.
#NorthBay; #Ontario; #Canada; #Florida; #Canada; #OPP; #Covid19; #SelfIsolate
North Bay (Ontario), Jul 15 (Canadian-Media): A senior couple from Florida, United States (US) has been charged by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for not self-isolating after entering Canada, said OPP, media reports said.
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OPP had been alerted on July 9 by Public Health Agency of Canada to do a compliance check under the Quarantine Act in East Ferris Towns, east of North Bay, Ontario.
Upon going to North Bay, OPP found that the senior couple 68-year-old and 70-year-old from Florida U.S. had entered Canada in Fort Erie July 3 and had not followed with the mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement upon entering Canada.
The couple had been charged with failure to comply with Section 58 of the Quarantine Act, which puts limitations and conditions on entrance into Canada, said Staff Sgt. William McMullen and added it's concerning to hear of people not following the rules.
"Especially when the people are travelling from very high risk areas," he said.
Florida had recorded more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday which broke the record for the highest daily increase in the U.S.
"So it's a great concern and we obviously take those concerns very seriously. In this circumstance, we deemed it appropriate to lay the appropriate charges," said McMullen.
The couple was also each issued a Provincial Offence Notice that includes a fine of $1,000, and if convicted , the maximum penalty would be $750,000 and/or six months in prison.
The couple's self-isolation is being strictly monitored by The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
This is the first case dealt with by the health unit where individuals have not self isolated, said Ashley Lengyel, public health nurse.
Administrative orders, sanctions against American Bankers Florida Gen Insurance Co. & Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
#Montreal; #Quebec; #AdministrativePenalty; #Max+Protectionproduct
Montreal, Jul 6 (Canadian-Media): The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) made an order and imposed administrative penalty on American Bankers Florida General Insurance Company ( "American Bankers"), as well as imposing an administrative penalty against Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. ("Costco"), media reports said.
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AMF ordered American Bankers to stop distributing the Max + Protection product, until the company complies with the legislative provisions governing distribution without a representative , if it wishes to continue distributing this product.
The Authority also imposed an administrative penalty of $ 100,000 on American Bankers for having sold the Max + Protection product through distributors, without sending the Authority the related distribution guide and the name and the address of the distributors.
The determination of the penalty was based on the number of policies issued and the amount of premiums received by American Bankers between May 2017 and February 2018.
In addition, depending on the number of policies sold and the commissions received by Costco, the Authority imposed an administrative penalty of $ 50,000 on the Costco for having sold the Max + Protection product from American Bankers without first giving consumers a related distribution guide.
Max + Protection is a product offered by American Bankers which, in addition to extending the manufacturer's warranty against manufacturing defects, notably protects new mobile phones against damage caused by a liquid or by a fall from the device.
Due to the nature of the protections offered, Max + Protection constitutes an insurance product that can be offered for distribution without a representative.
Max + Protection was offered in Costco warehouses in Quebec since May 2017.
#Quebec; #CSC; #Contraband; #UnlicensedItems; #Safety&Security
Quebec, Jul 2 (Canadian-Media): The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) seized on June 17, 2020 a package containing contraband and unauthorized items at Donnacona Institution, a federal maximum security institution, CSC reports said.
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The contraband and unauthorized items seized included 290.2 grams of hashish, 50.2 grams of cannabis concentrate, 22 grams of tobacco and a cellular phone worth approximately $63,957.
A number of tools are used by the CSC to prevent drugs from entering its institutions including scanners and drug-detector dogs to search buildings, personal property, inmates and visitors.
CSC helps ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone by its heightening measures to prevent contraband from entering its institutions.
Working in partnership with the police, enables CSC to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.
A complete smoking ban was introduced by CSC in 2008 in all federal correctional institutions
A telephone tip line has been set up by CSC for all federal institutions to help receive additional information about activities related to drug use or trafficking that may threaten the safety and security of visitors, inmates and staff members working at CSC institutions.
The toll-free number, 1‑866‑780‑3784, helps ensure that the information shared is protected and that callers remain anonymous.
#Alberta; #RCMP; Canada #BanffNationalPark; #CBSA; #US
Alberta, Jun 22 (IBNS): Seven tickets were issued by Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to Americans who stopped in Banff National Park in Alberta to see the sights last week despite Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)'s current rules which bans non-essential travel between Canada and the United States till July 21, media reports said.
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According to CBSA's current rules, Americans traveling through Canada to get home or get to work in Alaska must travel along a direct path.
Americans traveling through Canada to the United States are required to declare the purpose of their travel to the officers at the CBSA and only if their purposes are deemed essential, CBSA allows them to proceed.
At least six of the seven tickets issued last week, said RCMP Cpl. Deanna Fontaine, under the Alberta Health Act at a rate of $1,200 each, were related to Americans who had stopped for long periods of time to go hiking in Banff National Park.
#Ontario; #OPP; #London; #Covid19Outbreak; #CommunityProtection;
London (ON), Jun 9 (Canadian-Media): The Ontario government is opening a new leading edge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communications Centre in London. This new high-tech facility will provide officers and civilian staff with the modern communications technology needed to better serve and protect communities in Ontario.
"Our government recognizes that provincial police officers continually encounter new challenges on the job, whether it's enforcing the law during the COVID-19 outbreak or combatting new online criminal activity," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "This new facility will help ensure our provincial officers and staff have the state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and technology they need to fight crime and keep people safe."
The new 35,000 square-foot communications centre will house 135 civilian members and officers who handle emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Equipped with advanced technology, the facility will serve an assigned area of more than 170,000 square kilometres and a population that reaches approximately 850,000 people during the summer months. The new centre will also support other OPP jurisdictions as needed and provide the space OPP officers and civilian members need to conduct their work in an improved workplace environment.
"The new Provincial Communications Centre will allow the OPP to enhance their services and ensure frontline officers can meet the demands of modern police operations" said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. "We are committed to investing in infrastructure that puts people's safety first."
"The new London Provincial Communications Centre is a critical component of the OPP's delivery of emergency services to our communities and the support we provide to our dedicated officers on the front line and in our speciality units," said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique. "This modern facility will provide a workplace that is safe, healthy and properly equipped for the civilian and sworn OPP members who work in this high-stress environment."
"I am very proud London is now home to this impressive facility," said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP and Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff Yurek. "I am especially proud that the building meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard, which recognizes buildings with reduced environmental impacts. This will be of great benefit to both the community and the environment and reflects our government's commitment to delivering modern, efficient infrastructure across Ontario."
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#Ontario; #Covid19; #CommercialTenanciesAct; #CECRA; #SmallBusinesses;
Ottawa, Jun 8 (Canadian-Media) The Ontario government announced June 8 that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19, media reports said.
The proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would, if passed, temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020. The government intends to bring this legislation forward as soon as possible.
In partnership with the federal government, Ontario is committing $241 million to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses which is providing more than $900 million in support. CECRA for small businesses provides forgivable loans to eligible commercial landlords to help cover 50 per cent of commercial rent for tenants for the months of April, May and June 2020.
The tenant will be responsible for covering up to 25 per cent of rent, so that up to 75 per cent of the rent is covered. Tenants and landlords can learn how much they may be eligible for by visiting Ontario.ca/rentassistance.
"We need everyone working together to overcome COVID-19," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Commercial tenants who can pay their rent, must do so. Landlords should work with their tenants to come to an agreement and use this joint program. Ontario's small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need them to flourish."
If passed, the proposed legislation would make it illegal to evict a commercial tenant until August 31, 2020.
"Working with the federal government, we are providing more than $900 million in relief to tenants and landlords," said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. "We've been clear we would support small businesses and today's action does just that."
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"Ensuring the immediate future of our small businesses is critical to helping our economy recover and rebound," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. "A moratorium on commercial evictions will bring stability to our small businesses and the employees and families they support. Their success is Ontario's success."
#Canada; #DivorceAct; #JusticeCanada
Ottawa, Jun 6 (Canadian-Media): Divorce and separation are a reality for many Canadians, and ensuring that the family justice system can effectively respond to the needs of families in these situations is critical.
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That is why the Government of Canada took action by changing Canada’s federal family laws to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence, help reduce child poverty, and make the family justice system more accessible and efficient.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges on many fronts for Canadians, as well as for the operations of governments, courts and the family justice system.
Today, David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the delay of the coming into force of changes to the Divorce Act, which was scheduled for July 1, 2020. Due to extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coming into force date has been deferred until March 1, 2021.
Many courts across the country are currently hearing only urgent family law matters, and governments are focused on addressing pandemic-related urgencies and priorities. All of this has made it impossible to undertake the necessary steps for implementation. We understand the changes to the Divorce Act are highly anticipated by family law professionals, provincial and territorial partners and Canadians affected by separation and divorce. However, our partners throughout the family justice system need enough time to implement the legislative changes, including by adjusting their own laws and regulations.
#BCSupremeCourtjudge; #Canada; #JusticeCanada; #Huawei, #ExtraditionProceedings
British Columbia, May 27 (Canadian-Media): Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was shocked with a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruling to go ahead with the extradition proceedings against the Huawei executive, media reports said.
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Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said that the crime of 48-year-old Meng's fraud in the United States for allegedly deceiving banks into a possible violation of U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, would be considered a crime if it occurred in Canada.
And the fact that Canada doesn't have the same economic sanctions against Iran as the U.S. wouldn't stop someone being prosecuted in Canada for the same offence.
"Canada's law of fraud looks beyond international boundaries," Holmes wrote in her decision.
Meng was arrested at Vancouver's airport in December 2018 on an extradition warrant.
Prosecutors claimed that Meng's alleged lies put banks at risk of prosecution and loss because they would be violating U.S. sanctions themselves in handling finances of Huawei, a Chinese multinational technology company, which provides telecommunications equipment and sells consumer electronics, and smartphones.
Meng has denied the allegations against her.
Meng's lawyers argued that the fact Canada does not have economic sanctions against Iran meant her alleged actions would not have been considered a crime in Canada because no bank would have suffered a loss in an identical set of circumstances.
Addressing Meng's lawyers' concern Holmes said Meng's alleged offence was fraud and a crime in both countries and added that the final decision whether surrendering Meng to the U.S. authorities would be unjust or oppressive would rest with the federal Justice Minister David Lametti.
Securing the release of Kovrig and Spavor as well as clemency for Canadians facing the death penalty in China, including Robert Schellenberg was Canada's top priority, said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Wednesday.
Calling the dispute of Meng's release as political, not legal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a news conference that Canada should immediately release Meng and ensure her safe return to China at an early date so as to avoid any continuous harm to China-Canada relations.
#CanadaJustice; #ActionCommittee; #CourtOperations; #TimelyRestorationOfCourts
Ottawa, May 27 (Canadian-Media): The second virtual meeting of the Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19, co-chaired by Chief Justice Wagner and Minister Lametti, was held by teleconference on Friday, May 22, media reports said.
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The meeting focused on Action Committee’s priorities in offering national guidance to chief justices, judges and courts administration officials with gradual resumption of court operations across Canada.
“As we all continue to navigate this period of uncertainty, ...we must keep in mind is that the success of our justice system...depends on public confidence and trust...we cannot simply view our response to COVID-19 as temporary measures to bridge us back to “normal” – they must be seen as opening the door to imagining a new normal, ” said Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada and Chairperson, Canadian Judicial Council
With input from judicial, government, and public health and workplace safety the Action Committee has approved and released the Committee’s terms of reference, core principles and perspectives to be considered for court operations and initial orienting principles on safe and accessible courts in response to COVID-19 .
The Action Committee also identified its key priorities going forward, agreeing that the immediate focus for forthcoming national guidance would be on challenges of jury trials and hearings in small court rooms, circuit and remote courts.
Guidelines prepared by the Action Committee will help support appropriate provincial and judicial decision-makers with the best available information adapted to the individual circumstances of their courts while at the same time respecting the responsibility of provinces and territories for the administration of justice in their jurisdictions.
The Action Committee, established by the Chief Justice of Canada and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, provides national leadership to support the work of provincial and territorial governments, individual courts, and court administrators restoring the full operation of Canada’s courts while ensuring the safety of court users and staff.
“The timely, quick and safe restoration of court operations as we emerge from the pandemic is essential to Canadians...my hope is that it will also serve as an opportunity to promote reform and renewal in the justice system,” David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.