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Labour officials, N.S. government to meet to discuss Bill 148

Representatives with organized labour and the Nova Scotia government will meet to discuss how to address outstanding issues with a contentious piece of legislation used to impose wage restraint. Bill 148, passed by the former Liberal government to impose wage patterns and remove a lump-sum retirement benefit known as the long-service award, continues to be tied up in court. 

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Date de parution : 2022-06-17
Alberta: Prioritizing high-quality prosecution services

Alberta’s government has approved market adjustments for Alberta’s Crown prosecutors as part of prioritizing high-quality prosecutions. Alberta’s Crown prosecutors will receive market adjustments to make their pay competitive with other provinces and the federal prosecution service. Now, Alberta will be able to attract new prosecutors and keep experienced prosecutors, which is critical to an effective criminal justice system.

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Date de parution : 2022-05-02
Alberta Crown prosecutors meet to consider strike
Alberta Crown prosecutors meet to consider strike

The Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association (ACAA) met Wednesday evening to consider taking job action.  The group, representing 380 Crown prosecutors across the province, sent a letter to Premier Jason Kenney to address what it called "the crisis in the justice system" and the possibility of taking "drastic steps." The association alleges that "chronic underfunding" of Alberta's prosecution service is coming to a head and that all attempts to meet with the current and former justice ministers had been rejected. 

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Date de parution : 2022-04-06
Statement by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association on the attack on Ukraine
Statement by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association on the attack on Ukraine

The CLA condemns the brutal, unjustified and unlawful invasion of Ukraine by the Russian State. International Law is clear. The brutal and unprovoked attack on the Ukraine breaches fundamental principles of international law. The loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure are appalling and a humanitarian outrage. 

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Date de parution : 2022-03-03
IAP Statement Regarding the Events in Ukraine and the Russian Federation

The International Association of Prosecutors joins the international community in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation. This act violates both Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law. A state is prohibited from the use or threat of force against another state unless acting in self-defence or acting pursuant to a United Nations Security Council resolution. Neither of these two exceptions is applicable to Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

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Date de parution : 2022-03-01
B.C. risks losing top Crown prosecutors if it scraps existing salary structure, association warns
B.C. risks losing top Crown prosecutors if it scraps existing salary structure, association warns

The association representing Crown lawyers in B.C. says the province will be at risk of losing its most experienced prosecutors if it doesn't agree to keep their old salary structure intact. The warning from the B.C. Crown Counsel Association comes after a contract dispute between the lawyers and the province hit the two-year mark without a solution.

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Date de parution : 2022-02-10


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Ottawa to allow federal bureaucrats to work from home if possible to prevent coronavirus spread

13-03-2020

"Parliament Building with Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada"

 

OTTAWA – Federal bureaucrats will be allowed to work from home if possible for the foreseeable future amidst the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the National Post has learned.

 

“Let me be crystal clear, we’ll be as flexible as humanly possible,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, president of the Treasury Board.

 

The new directive from the Treasury Board Secretariat, which acts as the federal government’s employer, will be issued on Friday to all federal departments.

 

Thus, the roughly 300,000 federal employees will be allowed to stay away from their offices throughout the country as long as their job allows it. Each employee is encouraged to refer to their respective managers to see how this new order applies to them.

 

For others who’s presence at the workplace is vital to their job, such as some Parks Canada employees for example, new directives sent out Friday morning by the Chief Human Resources Officer ask to self-monitor closely for any symptoms of the virus.

 

“Self-monitoring means monitoring yourself for fever, cough and difficulty breathing and avoiding places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill”, wrote Nancy Chahwan.

 

The directive also throws out the need for a bureaucrat to provide a medical note in order to self-isolate.

 

“In order to avoid overburdening the health care system, unless a manager has a bona fide reason to question an employee’s declaration that they must self-isolate, no medical certificate should be requested,” Chahwan’s directive notes.

 

In the meantime, TBS assures that each department has a business continuity plan in place to ensure that despite the absence of employees from the office, its mostly business as usual for government operations.

 

The directive also orders employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been close to someone who caught the virus, to self-isolate and to follow strict guidelines while doing so.

 

“Self-isolation means limiting contact with others.

 

Do not leave home unless absolutely necessary, such as to seek medical care.
Do not go to school, work or other public areas and do not use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis).
Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact.
If possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home.
If you have to be in contact with others, keep at least 2 metres between yourself and the other person. Keep interactions brief and wear a mask.
Avoid contact with older adults and with individuals with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Avoid contact with pets if you live with other people who may also touch the pet.”

 

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/ottawa-orders-federal-bureaucrats-to-work-from-home