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May 26, 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR THE CALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

We are eager to welcome you at the annual CALL conference in Halifax on June 24th, and to share the conference with all members virtually. 

In this update we are sharing important information regarding our COVID-19 policy, our cancellation policy, child-care arrangements, Thursday social activity and other logistics for the first-ever hybrid CALL conference.

COVID-19 Policy 

We care deeply about the CALL community, and we believe we have a shared responsibility to take every precaution and ensure the conference is safe and accessible for all members. In light of rising transmission rates of COVID-19 and new variants, and given the size of our event bringing together members from across the country, CALL has put in place the following measures for in-person participation:

  • A minimum two dose vaccination requirement
  • A daily COVID-19 symptom check
  • If a registrant has any symptoms they cannot attend the Conference without a negative test
  • A requirement to wear a mask at all indoor events (with exception for eating or drinking)
  • Ability to submit a religious or medical exemption to ombudsperson

The COVID-19 policy was developed by a subcommittee of CALL Council, on the recommendation of the Disability and Chronic Conditions and Accessibility Committee, and with the approval of the CALL Executive. The CALL Executive would like to thank Karlan Modeste, Shannon Carson, Austin Marshall, and David Yazbeck for their service on the subcommittee.

Cancelation Policy 

Full reimbursement of conference registration fees will be provided upon a minimum of 14 days’ written notice by a conference participant of cancellation of registration. This deadline is in keeping with CALL’s existing cancelation policy

The deadline to submit a request for cancelation is June 10, 2022.  Please email Paul Wollaston (paulwollaston@me.com) to submit your request.

Child Care

The Local Planning Committee has secured two very experienced early child care educators with at least 25 years’ experience to provide on-site child care for the conference.

We ask that any one intending to rely on child care services for the conference to please advise us in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

The deadline to advise about child care needs is June 10, 2022. Please email Paul Wollaston (paulwollaston@me.com) to register.

Thursday Tour – Black Culture and Afro-Nova Scotian Heritage

We are pleased to announce that we have added an optional guided tour before the conference on Thursday June 23. We will leave by bus, with our guide, Ken Fells, a social justice and anti-racism advisor, from the Westin Hotel at 10 am and visit various cultural sites important to the Nova Scotia Black community, including the Africville Museum, where local residents will be on hand to talk about their experience and memories of Africville. We will also visit the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Cherrybrook, as well as stopping for lunch at a nearby restaurant, returning to the hotel around 4 pm. The total cost for the day, including all museum entrances, guide and lunch is $90 per person. Be sure to register soon as spaces are limited. 

Register here: https://www.call-acams2022.com/thursdaytour

Hotel 

The Westin Nova Scotian is entirely sold out for the duration of the conference. If you’ve yet to book your stay and are looking for a convenient hotel, the Local Planning Committee notes that the Friday evening social event is being hosted at the Lord Nelson Hotel, for your consideration.

Virtual Registration  

We are very pleased to offer members the first opportunity to participate in a hybrid virtual/in-person conference! We encourage members, firms, and unions to register any additional participants unable to attend in-person to attend virtually. Virtual participants will have access to live sessions as well as recordings. 

The rates for virtual registration for all three days of the conference are below:

  • Member Rate: $500
  • Non-Member Rate: $600
  • Articling Student: $250
  • Law Student: $75
  • Solidarity Rate: $250

For any updates and the conference program be sure to check https://www.call-acams2022.com/



May 11, 2022

The CALL annual conference is fast approaching! Be sure to register, if you have not done so already as hotel rooms are booking up quickly.

CALL is thrilled to welcome members back for the first in-person conference since 2019, and also to offer members the first opportunity to participate in a hybrid virtual/in-person conference. This year’s conference theme is From Labour Lawyers to Movement Lawyers: Collective Action in a Time of Division. The conference program is now available at: https://www.call-acams2022.com. This site will be regularly updated as the CALL Conference 2022 schedule is finalized, including social events, which we’ll be announcing in the weeks ahead.

For those attending in-person, please note that the deadline to book a hotel stay at the group rate for the CALL conference is Friday, May 20, 2022. You can find more information on our website. The rooms are being held as part of the Conference block at the Westin Nova Scotian and the group rate will expire after May 20th. 

For those attending virtually, be sure to register by completing the registration form here. Note that there is a reduced rate for virtual participation. Those attending virtually, as with those attending in-person, will have access to all the conference programming live and the recordings afterwards.

If cost is a barrier to attending the conference, there is a reduced “solidarity rate” for in-person registration set at $495 and at $250 for virtual. CALL is committed to ensuring that cost is not a barrier to any members,  and invites any members who need any further adjustments made to the registration fee to contact Amy Kishek (akishek@cupe.ca).

Lastly, CALL Council has struck a subcommittee to craft a COVID-19 Policy for the conference. The details will be announced soon in a separate email.

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax or online for the CALL Annual Conference 2022!

 

March 11, 2022

Register Today! 

This year’s CALL conference, From Labour Lawyers to Movement Lawyers: Collective Action in a Time of Division, will be held from June 23 to June 26, 2022, at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. 

Building on the themes of recent years, including labour in a time of crisis and revolution, reconciliation and inclusion, and labour in diverse workplaces, CALL members are invited to put these ideas into practice to further advance the labour movement. The conference will continue to feature the popular Supreme Court and Appellate Courts Updates Sunday panel, the 10-Minute Labour Lawyer, the International Labour Rights Committee panel, as well as many of the much loved social functions. While we have planned for and encourage in-person attendance, you can also register to participate online. Please note that all sessions will be streamed between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm Atlantic Time. 

You can find the registration form here: https://forms.gle/XQxBXqqBaWc5doqJ8  

Don’t forget to book your stay in Halifax! 

Book your group rate for Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL) Annual Conference
Start Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
End Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
Last Day to Book:  Friday, May 20, 2022

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
 The Westin Nova Scotian for 225 CAD - 255 CAD per night 

No penalty for cancellation if done 24 hours prior to arrival date.  If cancellation is made within 24 hours of arrival, one nights room and tax will be billed to the individual.

 

February 15, 2022

Save the Date! 

CALL is proud to announce that this year’s conference theme is From Labour Lawyers to Movement Lawyers: Collective Action in a Time of Division. The conference, which will be held from June 23 to June 26, 2022, builds on and deepens discussion of the themes of recent years, including labour in a time of crisis and revolution, reconciliation and inclusion, and labour in diverse workplaces and invites call members to put these ideas into practice to help further advance the labour movement. The conference will also feature the panels CALL members have come to know and love include the Supreme Court and Appellate Courts Updates Sunday panel, 10 Minute Labour Lawyer, the International Labour Rights Committee panel, and many other CALL traditions. Our Agenda Planning Steering Committee, as always, is striving to meet to your CPD and EDI needs.

 

December 7, 2021

A letter regarding the annual conference was sent out to the membership on December 7, 2021.  Click here to view this letter.

July 06, 2021
With the new Free-Trade agreement between Canada-US-Mexico (CUSMA), a Canada-Mexico Facility Specific Rapid Response Labour Mechanism to address denial of fundamental labour rights in Mexico now exists. Claims under this new mechanism can be submitted by Canadian unions and individual Canadians or permanent residents.  

There are no Claims submitted in Canada under this mechanism yet.  The ILRC seeks to establish a committee of interested members who would work to support an effective implementation of this new mechanism, primarily supporting Mexican trade unions and Canadian Submitters. 

If anyone is interested in joining this ILRC sub-committee, please send an email to mcstamant@mmgc.quebec as soon as possible. We will schedule a meeting shortly to discuss the next steps.

 

June 01, 2021

A letter was sent on June 1, 2021 to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on behalf of CALL. Please click here to view this letter.


May 19, 2021

Correspondence was sent on May 19, 2021 to federal Minister of Justice, David Lemetti, on behalf of CALL. We are joining workers of the Canadian Human Rights Commission of Canada, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, and the Canadian Bar Association in demanding much-needed reforms to the Canadian Human Rights Act. We are grateful to all of the members who contributed to this important advocacy work. The letter was drafted by members of the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour Committee of CALL, and was approved by the CALL Council.

Please click here to view this letter.

 

May 18, 2021

A letter was sent out on May 18, 2021 on behalf of Sibel Ataogul, President of CALL, further to an initiative launched by the BIPOC Committee and ratified by Council. Please click here to view this letter.