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  • Mandatory Vaccinations and Human Rights Update

    Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required As of September 13, 2021, proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required in British Columbia to access various social, recreational, and public services. Many employers are also now considering whether to implement vaccination policies for their workforce, a topic which has become the subject of controversy. However, it has been… Read more »

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  • Filing Deadline for BC Land Owners – Transparency Report due November 30, 2021

    Transparency Report Deadline – November 30, 2021 As of November 30, 2021, all pre-existing “Reporting Bodies” that hold an interest in land – including a registered lease with a term of over 10 years, and an option to purchase land – with the BC land title registry must complete and file a “Transparency Report” disclosing… Read more »

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  • Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and Health Canada sign Historic Cannabis Agreement

    On July 5, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (“MCK”) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Health Canada (“MOU”) which allows MCK to establish its own laws and regulations regarding the production and sale of cannabis within their territory – the full statement is available here. The Kahnawà:ke First Nation is located on… Read more »

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  • Update: BC DRIPA Implementation

    Taking the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act into our own hands BC’s DRIPA implementation is falling short Since the ceremonial passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“DRIPA”) in November 2019, we have been closely tracking the provincial government’s progress in meeting its obligations under the new legislation…. Read more »

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  • Vaccinations and the Workplace: Frequently Asked Questions

    With vaccination rates steadily rising across Canada and employers contemplating reopening their workplaces, we are starting to see certain questions come up more and more. Below, we answer the most frequently asked questions that have come up with our clients. You can also download this FAQ sheet here. Q: Can I make vaccinations mandatory for… Read more »

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  • COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

    Over the past several months, the B.C. Government has introduced several changes to the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). As recent as May 20, 2021, new amendments have come into force that now provide employees up to three days paid sick leave for COVID-19 related absences. Employers and employees should beware, however, that not all COVID-19… Read more »

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  • BC Government Announces Paid Sick Leave for COVID Absences

    On May 11, 2021, the BC Government announced that it plans to provide up to three days of paid sick leave to workers forced to miss work due to COVID-19. Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, who need time off to self-isolate and those who are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, will all qualify for… Read more »

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  • R. v. Desautel, 2021 SCC 17: a Purposeful Step towards Rights-Recognition and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

    April 23, 2021 marked a triumph for Aboriginal-rights holders at the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”). In its decisions in R. v. Desautel, 2021 SCC 17 (“Desautel”),the SCC clarified the scope of the application of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 (“Section 35”) and took a purposeful step away from colonial constraints on the… Read more »

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  • Anti-Maskers: BC Human Rights Tribunal Addresses Mandatory Mask Complaints

    “The Code does not protect people who refuse to wear a mask as a matter of personal preference, because they believe wearing a mask is “pointless”, or because they disagree that wearing masks helps to protect the public during the pandemic”[1], which the BC Human Rights Tribunal (“BCHRT”) has firmly stated in two recent screening… Read more »

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  • Government Announces Paid Vaccination Leave for BC Workers

    April 29, 2021 update: On April 27, 2021, this amendment officially passed into law. BC workers are now entitled to this paid vaccination leave retroactive to April 19, 2021. On April 19, 2021, the BC Government announced its intention to amend the Employment Standards Act to provide workers with up to three hours of paid… Read more »

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