Parental Discrimination Against Babysitters

The Supreme Court of Canada recently declined to hear an interesting case that considered whether a parent had discriminated in a babysitting ad. The case arose from an ad posted on Kijiji by a mother looking for a babysitter to take care of her son every second Saturday.  She stated that she was looking for “an older lady with experience.” Mr. C applied for the position and provided some of his credentials. Upon learning he was male, the mother replied:
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Reluctant to Introduce Random Testing?

Are you an employer with workers who may perform safety sensitive activities, but without a drug and alcohol policy and testing regime in place? Do you work with one or more colleagues who may perform safety sensitive activities? If so, and your employer has not introduced a testing regime, do you wonder about the implications of this for your safety, and those around you? Are you less than certain about what drug and alcohol testing would mean for your workplace?
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Legal Woes for the Easter Bunny

Several years ago, our young daughter asked a very direct question: “Is Santa Clause real?” Despite my attempts to fend them off, the questions continued. As did the lack of clear responses. A few months later, she had another direct question: “Mom, is the Easter Bunny real?” These questions have caused many a parent to pause. What is a parent to do, a parent who believes both in the wonder of childhood, and in honesty within families? It had not
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What Is Administrative Law?

I am quite frequently asked this question. Administrative law is the body of law that governs administrative agencies. Administrative agencies are involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.  Examples include agencies that regulate food and drug products, securities commissions, local building and development and zoning agencies, liquor control boards, self-governing professional bodies, privacy commissioners, employment insurance, human rights tribunals and workers’ compensation boards. Administrative agencies relieve the burden on our courts.  At least in theory, they may also provide
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Is It Legal to Surreptitiously Record a Phone Call?

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau removed Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott from the Liberal party. The reason offered was that recording “conversations without consent” was unacceptable, and that an Attorney General recording a conversation with the Clerk of the Privy Council was “unconscionable.” Ms. Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney General of Canada, had recorded a December, 2018 telephone call between herself and the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick. After being submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice
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