Category Archives: Public Policy

Repost from LawPRO: Providing High Quality Service to Indigenous Clients

A recent issue of LawPro Magazine was devoted to considerations specific to working with Indigenous clients. This post introduces and summarizes Nora Rock’s article, “Providing high-quality service to indigenous clients,” available here. The article provides introductory comments on how to … Continue reading

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Repost from ABlawg: Status of Women Deputy Minister Visits the University of Calgary

This is a repost of University of Calgary Professor Jennifer Koshan’s recently published wishlist of matters for the new provincial Status of Women Ministry (together with the Ministry of Justice) to address. http://ablawg.ca/2016/01/15/status-of-women-deputy-minister-visits-the-university-of-calgary-a-wish-list/ A suggestion of key interest to us … Continue reading

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Online Self-Help Resources No Panacea for Access to Justice Crisis

Co-Authored by Sarah Eadie and Kaila Eadie Online, plain language, self-help resources are commonly touted as important tools in our efforts to increase access to justice. British Columbia has created a web portal (Clicklaw), designed to be the primary electronic … Continue reading

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Employment Standards Appeals Are Lengthy and Difficult, Yet Meant to Protect the Vulnerable: Case Comment on 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan

This post comments on a recent Employment Standards Umpire decision, 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan, 2013 CanLII 87001 [Bistro India], which was unusual in that it required seven days of hearing. The employer, a numbered company which operated a restaurant, … Continue reading

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Government Announces Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The ECLC provides assistance to low-income temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with a variety of legal issues, including employment standards, residential tenancy matters, small claims, debt, human rights, and of course, immigration. On June 20, 2014 Jason Kenney (Minister of Employment … Continue reading

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Moratorium on the Issuance of Labour Market Opinions for Food Services Sector Occupations

On April 24, 2014, the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Jason Kenney, issued a statement “announcing an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program” in response to the media frenzy … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Panhandling and Robbery: A Response to McKay-Panos’ ABlawg Post of January 18, 2013

Two weeks ago, ABlawg.ca published an interesting case comment by Linda McKay-Panos on a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision clarifying the distinction between aggressive panhandling and robbery. McKay-Panos examines the Court’s reasoning and findings, and concludes that the line … Continue reading

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Protecting the Vulnerable from Unscrupulous Recruiters: Alberta’s Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation

In her May 30, 2012 post, my colleague, Tiffany Stokes, referred to new rules being implemented by the Government of Alberta, which may work to curtail illegal recruitment of temporary foreign workers (TFWs). These new rules – formally known as … Continue reading

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Class Action Certified and Other TFW News

On March 5, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit involving current and former temporary foreign workers for Denny’s Restaurants in the case of  Dominguez v. Northland Properties Corporation, 2012 BCSC 328 (CanLII). There are approximately … Continue reading

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