June 16, 2020
Court of Queen's Bench Announcement

Given the current restrictions on congregations and courtrooms, the Court will continue to conduct Bar Admissions remotely. Effective immediately, Bar Admissions will be conducted via Webex, which will allow a student's family and friends to attend via Webex link.
Federal Court of Appeal: Gradual Phase-out of Suspension Period
The Federal Court of Appeal issued a notice on March 19, advising the profession of the implementation of a suspension period affecting deadlines in court directions and court orders, applicable under the Federal Courts Rules. The suspension period began March 16 and was ultimately extended to June 15, 2020, through a series of notices.

The suspension periods will be relaxed, commencing Monday, June 22, 2020, as detailed in this notice. The court will begin by ending the suspension period for certain selected files. On successive Mondays following June 22, the Federal Court will continue to post a weekly list of new selected files on its website. Counsel having matters in the Federal Court should consult these weekly lists. The suspension period for a selected file will end on the next Monday following the selection date. For the purpose of calculating time, the Monday on which the suspension period ends will not be counted.

Please consult the notice for further information about hearings, filing procedures and applications affecting designation of selected files.
Rainbow Tabs Campaign
Considering the cancellation of numerous Pride celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a ‘Global Pride’ event has been planned by Pride organizations all over the world for Saturday, June 27, 2020.

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) Section of the Canadian Bar Association has aligned itself with this date and organized a national photo campaign in celebration of CBA Pride. Drawing inspiration from the OBA’s Rainbow Tabs initiative, this national campaign seeks to celebrate the legal LGBTQ2SI community and the work of the SOGIC Section, and engage the legal community to share in this pride.

SOGIC encourages you to get involved in this initiative by posting your own photo on your social media pages on Saturday, June 27, 2020, tagging the CBA and using the campaign hashtags (#CBAPride/#Rainbowtabs/#SOGIC). For more information about the campaign, contact SOGIC.