The recently released annual report from the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) outlines the financial status of the organization and highlights recent enhanced education efforts to increase employee safety in the workplace -- a worthwhile endeavour for prevention of workplace injuries. In the report, the WCB board also celebrates that “the average duration for a claim was 20 per cent shorter, with more workers returning to work more quickly than the previous year” (Guardian, July 2018).Read more
On October 3, 2016 Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the provinces had until 2018 to adopt a carbon pricing scheme, or the federal government would create one for them. Each province had complete latitude to create the plan in its own best interests, so long as certain minimum thresholds were met. All revenue generated under the carbon pricing scheme would remain within the province.
Provincial reaction to the announcement varied: Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec already have carbon pricing regimes in place, and are generally fine with the federal mandate. They have indicated that their economies have suffered no ill-effects under carbon pricing.
On May 22, 2018 the federal government introduced Bill C-78 which sets out to amend the Divorce Act and other federal legislation that touch on child custody and child support. The Bill attempts to streamline the process for varying child support, and moves away from divisive language such as “custody” and “access” -- terms which have been known to drive conflict between parents sparring over their children.Read more
In Canada we are fortunate to have access to a publicly-funded health care system to meet our medical needs when sickness or injury occurs. But what about access to justice when unforeseen legal issues arise?
The issue of “access to justice” most commonly refers to the inability of a growing number of people to obtain legal representation. In many cases, these are people requiring assistance with family law matters, including child custody and access rights and child support.Read more