Ontario courts have refused to intervene on cases filed by a number of employees and unions seeking injunctions that would prevent Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandates from being implemented until grievances are resolved through arbitration. According to the courts, such cases “should be handled by the labor system.”
In a recent interview, Toronto lawyer Tanya Walker said that in non-union workplaces, employers in Ontario are “essentially able to fire anyone for any reason, provided it’s not discriminatory under the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
She noted that termination without cause is costlier for employers. Challenges to vaccine mandates will likely come down to whether appropriate accommodation was offered for medical reasons or religious beliefs, and to whether the termination is considered to be with or without cause.
“If someone has a clear and honest refusal [to be vaccinated] and the vaccination policy wasn’t actually in place when the person was hired, it might be difficult to justify termination with cause,” she added.
Michael Cleveland, a lawyer with the firm Miller Thomson, said employers and workers in Ontario, Canada are getting a clearer picture of when and what kind of vaccine mandates can be enforced in the workplace following recent rulings by arbitrators on the issue.
But he was quick to point out that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to vaccine mandates at work. “Ultimately, what is reasonable depends on the specific circumstances of the workplace and also things like the surrounding circumstances, [like] is there really expanding community spread in the environment,” Cleveland said.
According to Cleveland, a series of recent decisions has shown labor arbitrators are considering the specifics of each workplace and policy in determining whether the mandates can be imposed in a unionized setting.
In November last year, an arbitrator upheld a policy implemented by a security company whose staff worked at roughly 450 sites throughout the province. The policy indicated that breaches of the mandate could lead to discipline, including termination for just cause.
Pandemic situation continues to evolve
Arbitrator John Stoat said that the one thing people have all learned about this pandemic is that the situation is “fluid and continuing to evolve.” He noted the lack of case laws on how courts and adjudicators would approach these COVID-19 vaccination policies, seeking guidance only from older jurisprudence dealing with vaccination policies for flu outbreaks in hospitals.
Stoat is positive that as more cases work their way through the labor arbitration system over the coming months, it’s likely a “typology of cases” will emerge regarding what is reasonable in a variety of unionized workplaces.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has issued guidance on vaccine mandates, saying that “requiring proof of vaccination is generally permissible so long as there are accommodations for those who can’t be immunized for reasons under the human rights code, such as religion or disability.” However, it notes that personal preferences do not meet the threshold for accommodation under the code.
Canada’s workplaces evolved during the pandemic
A new Postmedia-Leger poll reported how Canada’s workplaces have changed during the pandemic.
A solid 50 percent never left their workplaces (frontline workers in healthcare and essential service industries), around 13 percent exclusively worked from home, nine percent split time between home and workplace in a more or less regular way and eight percent worked mostly from home and occasionally went to their workplaces. Meanwhile, 20 percent of Canadians worked at home for a while but are now back in their workplaces.
Corporate workers fear returning to office
Though vaccination numbers are increasing, many corporate workers still fear the prospect of returning to their workplaces.
They have spent time thinking about what they would do when their desk-neighbors extend their arms for a greeting, or whether they would dodge workmates who run toward them with wide smiles and babbling reception. Some are even considering taping off their workspaces with bright “caution” tape to keep their co-workers at bay.
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New York Governor Blames ‘Illegal Gun’ in Fatal Shooting of NYPD Officer
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) blamed an “illegal gun” in the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Jason Rivera on Friday night.
Rivera, 22, was shot and killed and a second officer, Wilbert More, 27, was shot and wounded, Breitbart News reported.
The shooting suspect, Lashawn McNeil, 47, opened fire on Rivera and More as they approached him in a long hallway, CBS New York noted. McNeill was then shot twice by a third officer.
On Saturday, Hochul tweeted, “Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a NYPD officer.”
Last night, a shot from an illegal gun took the life of a @NYPDnews officer.
When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets. pic.twitter.com/zXv0xbL4Em
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 22, 2022
“When I say we’re going to do everything we can to stop the scourge of illegal guns in our state, it’s not just talk. We are tripling funding for efforts to get these guns off the streets,” Hochul added.
New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) responded to the shooting death of Rivera by calling for more gun control, Breitbart News reported.
New York has some of the most stringent gun controls in the country. Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Everytown for Gun Safety ranks New York No. 3 in the nation “for gun law strength.”
Those laws include everything the Democrats are pushing at the federal level under the guise of safety, including universal background checks, a “high capacity” magazine ban, an “assault weapons” ban, a permit requirement to buy a handgun, a red flag law, gun storage requirements, “ghost gun” regulations, and a prohibition against gun possession by felons, among other controls.
McNeil, the man who allegedly shot the NYPD officers Friday night, is a convicted felon.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
Gingrich: January 6 Committee, AG Garland ‘Lynch Mob’ ‘Face a Real Risk of Jail for the Kind of Laws They Are Breaking’
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees alleged abuses by the House Select Committee and the Department of Justice investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol as having consequences.
During an appearance on FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gingrich suggested those who he said were misusing and abusing the process could “face a real risk of jail” for the laws they had broken during the so-called investigation.
“Well, you have, both with Attorney General Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” he said. “They are breaking the rules. They are going after people in a way which is reminiscent of the British monarchy using closed-door systems that we outlawed deliberately because we’d seen it. We knew what it was like. And they’re running over people’s civil liberties. And what they need to understand is, on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate.”
“And all these people who’ve been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email, because I think it’s clear that this — these are people who are literally just running over the law, pursuing innocent people, causing them to spend thousands and thousands of dollars in legal fees, for no justification,” Gingrich continued. “And it’s basically a lynch mob.”
“Unfortunately, the attorney general of the United States has joined that lynch mob and is totally misusing the FBI,” he added. “And I think, when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down, and the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep. And they’re the ones who are, in fact, going to, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kind of laws they are breaking.”
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CBS Host Stunned NOT ONE Participant in Face the Nation’s Focus Group Believes America is in a Better Place After One Year of Joe Biden (VIDEO)
After Joe Biden’s first year in office, NOT ONE participant in Face the Nation’s focus group believes America is in a better place.
CBS host Margaret Brennan was stunned when the entire panel of six participants, including Biden voters, said America is on the wrong path.
“During the course of the pandemic, “Face the Nation” has been listening to Americans, through Zoom, to get their thoughts on COVID, the economy and how the government is handling it all. On Friday, we checked back in with six of them,” host Margaret Brennan said.
“Who feels like we are in a better place now than we were a year ago?” Brennan asked the panel of six participants.
Every participant said no.
Margaret Brennan was stunned: “No one believes we are in a better spot?”
“I just don’t understand. I thought this is going to be a president for the people of the people,” said Beth, an Independent voter.
Even the Biden voters on the panel blasted Joe Biden.
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