Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Vaccines, masking, and human rights: where do we go from here

April 28th, 2022 by Safia Lakhani

Legally speaking, mandatory vaccination policies may be permissible in the context of employment, business, and housing. However, such policies should account for possible exemptions under the applicable human rights legislation.

Where do we draw the line between human rights, and masking and vaccine mandates?

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Harnessing the power of community for live music

March 31st, 2022 by Brian Iler

Artists don’t play Massey Hall’s stage without first building their career in smaller venues with supportive audiences. That’s what Hugh’s Room is trying to build in Toronto’s east end.

Downtown Toronto’s Massey Hall. Credit: Ryan Raz / Flickr

The pandemic hit the live music industry extremely hard in Canada. Many live music venues, without income for two years, permanently closed. But even before the pandemic, many venues were struggling with increasingly unaffordable rents.

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Webinar recording: Vaccines & the Workplace: Where do we go from here?

November 4th, 2021 by Iler Campbell

A recording of this webinar is now online. This was the last webinar in our ‘Back to School’ series. See the other events, and watch recordings of them here.

With the return to work, many of us have questions abut the permissibility of mandatory vaccine policies. In this session Iler Campbell lawyer, Safia Lakhani, discusses the ins and outs of vaccine policies in the workplace and review the extent to which employers can rely on provincial or federal mandates in rolling them out.

Human Rights Commission clarifies Mandatory Vaccination

September 22nd, 2021 by Celia Chandler

Today the Ontario government’s proof of vaccine certificate goes into effect for specific higher-risk indoor public settings where masking is not possible. At the same time, other organizations have made their own decisions to follow the provincial lead and implement their own vaccine policies. 

We have heard many people using human rights related arguments to justify remaining unvaccinated on medical grounds or on the ground of creed or a belief system. Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a statement on this issue.  

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Free webinar series: Back to School with Iler Campbell LLP!

September 20th, 2021 by Iler Campbell

Free webinar series: Back to School with Iler Campbell LLP

It’s that time of year! Join us for our ‘back to school’ webinar series this October and brush up on some important legal topics.

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Unvaccinated employees could in fact lose their jobs

July 30th, 2021 by Michael Hackl

This article was first posted to rabble.ca.

Earlier this year, I wrote a Pro Bono column on how people felt that COVID-19 restrictions were infringing on their rights and freedoms. At the risk of being seen as a “one trick pony,” I wanted to address another aspect of how COVID might be seen as infringing on our personal freedoms. Continue reading “Unvaccinated employees could in fact lose their jobs”