Supreme Court rules in favour of genetic non-discrimination law
The Supreme Court ruled in favour
of Bill S-201—Canada’s genetic non-discrimination law—earlier this week. Having been passed by the House in 2017, the Bill was challenged by the province of Québec for infringing on the province’s legal jurisdiction. S-201 makes it a criminal offence
for employers, companies, and other third parties to demand genetic information from individuals as a condition of service or contract agreement.
AI, AI tools top of mind for Canadian watchdogs
Canada’s Competition Bureau assumed presidency
of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network late last month. Among other things, the Bureau hopes to explore the potential benefits of AI as an investigative tool, as well as its use by businesses in misleading consumers.
Tech in the workplace and education brings new challenges and new solutions
UK hospitals have begun using augmented reality (AR) to facilitate the world’s first virtual rounds
—doctors wearing AR glasses examine patients, while students watch remotely, allowing for larger, more remote cohorts.
A new study by organizational behaviour specialist, Mahdi Roghanizad
, warns that video calls may bypass social triggers
vital for establishing trust, with possible implications for cohesion and productivity among fully virtual teams.
BC government launches digital services card and online identification system
BC residents can now use virtual service cards
to verify their identities and access provincial services remotely. The province is allegedly the first government to deploy such a system in North America.
Masks, vaccines, and antibodies tests