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WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Courthouse has been closed, but operations there will continue, Brooke County Commissioners said Tuesday.

The commissioners ordered the courthouse closed, effective today, after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s order for all non-essential businesses to close and another call for residents to avoid public contact to reduce spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We’re going to be doing everything by phone, fax, the internet or mail,” said Commission President Tim Ennis.

Ennis said the courthouse hasn’t received many visitors since the commission asked anyone planning to come there to make an appointment first.

He envisioned the commission continuing to meet on a weekly basis, since it frequently approves the payment of bills then.

Ennis said the meetings, which are held at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday, to remain open to the public though steps will be taken to prevent attendance exceeding 10 people, as recommended by public health officials.

The commissioner said that may include asking someone to remain in the hall until they are called to speak.

He encouraged anyone wishing to address the commission to call the county clerk’s office at (304) 737-3662 in advance.

In addition to the county clerk’s office, citizens with questions may call the sheriff’s department at (304) 737-3660 ext. 1; tax department, 737-3663; assessor’s office, 737-3667; county clerk’s office, 737-3661; circuit court, 737-3662; health department, 737-3665; and voter registration, 737-3668.

Those with questions about pending court actions should call 737-3662 for the circuit court and 737-1321 for the magistrate court.

County officials noted that in addition to mail, tax payments may be made online at

They added the state Division of Motor Vehicles has extended the expiration for March and April dated license plate registration stickers, which normally were offered through the tax department.

County Clerk Kim Barbetta said state officials haven’t indicated any plans to postpone West Virginia’s primary election.

“They’re still aiming for May 12,” she said, adding she has ordered additional absentee ballots in anticipating a greater demand.

Barbetta said there’s been talk about waiving the need to submit a reason for voting absentee this year but nothing has been confirmed.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained through the county clerk’s office or online through the Secretary of State’s website at

Barbetta said early in-person voting, slated for April 29 to May 9 at the courthouse, hasn’t been postponed at this time.

The commission announced the county clerk’s office has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the state Department of Arts, Culture and History to digitize public records.

Barbetta said the grant, which required a 10 percent local match, will be used to compile a computer record of property transfers recorded in several deed books.

Noting the grant application was prepared by clerk Sarah DeLong, she said it will allow her office to continue work that began with the digitization of deeds recorded from the present to 2011.

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Indian Oil Recruitment for officers, engineers based on GATE 2021




By: Careers Desk | New Delhi |

October 31, 2020 3:17:36 pm

jobs, jobs for gate 2021, gate 2021, inidna oil jobs,,, education news, employment news, sarkari naukri, govt jobsIOCL is hiring based on GATE 2021 (Express Photo By Praveen Khanna/Representational)

Indian Oil recruitment 2021: Indian Oil is looking for engineers and officers through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2021 score. The exam is scheduled to be held on February 5, 6, 7, and 12, 13, and 14. Students will be shortlisted based on GATE score. Shortlisted candidates will have to undergo group discussion, group tasks, and personal interviews.

Hiring will be in five streams — chemical, civil, electrical, instrumentation, and mechanical engineering. Students who clear GATE in these exams will be eligible for the job. The application for IOCL, however, will begin as soon as the GATE 2021 admit card is released, as per the short notice by IOCL. The detailed notification will release then.

A total of 8,82,684 candidates have applied for the GATE 2021, which is a slight increase from 8.59 lakh applications last year. A total of 14,196 students have applied for newly introduced humanities subjects. This year, IIT-Bombay, the exam conducting institute, has allowed students in third-year as well as in humanities to apply for GATE. Through GATE, qualifying candidates can seek admission to MTech and PhD courses across IITs, IISc, and other colleges as well as be eligible to avail of government scholarship and apply for jobs at PSUs.

As reported by earlier, every year 15-20 per cent of M Tech seats across Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) go vacant. The IITs unanimously blame the unsynchronised admission process by the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) as the major reason behind the dropouts in MTech courses. To battle this issue, the IIT-Madras created a Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP) in 2017 under which IITs, IISc and Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) were expected to recruit at a common platform. However, only the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) participated in the process.

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Putting Marshall on tap | News, Sports, Jobs




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Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes was invited to pour some of the first pints of Cultivate Pale Ale, a new variety of beer from the Brau Brothers Brewing Company. Brau Brothers created Cultivate by working together with Marshall’s city branding initiative.

MARSHALL — When they rolled out Marshall’s branding initiative earlier this year, committee members said they were focused on working together. There were a lot of ways to “cultivate the best” in the community, they said — and local residents and businesses stepped in to do just that.

The Brau Brothers Brewing Company joined the efforts by doing what it does best.

On Thursday, Brau Brothers celebrated the tapping of a new variety of beer to go along with the community brand. Representatives of Brau Brothers, the city of Marshall and the branding committee gathered in the taproom in Marshall as Mayor Bob Byrnes poured a glass of Cultivate Pale Ale.

“The recipe is kind of tried and true,” said Dustin Brau, of Brau Brothers. He said Cultivate is brewed with American west coast hops and malt to create a “classic style” pale ale.

The idea behind Cultivate was about growing new collaborations.

“Collaborations in brewing are really common right now,” Brau said. But then there’s also the spirit of collaboration that goes along with the Marshall brand slogan “Cultivating the Best In Us.” Brau said Cultivate Pale Ale was the first ever collaboration Brau Brothers has done.

Collaboration is also important from the city’s perspective, Byrnes said. The city needs to work together with its business and hospitality community, he said. Marshall’s branding initiative was launched early this spring, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic closed down bars and restaurants, and affected the hospitality industry.

Cultivate Pale Ale was on tap at the Brau Brothers brewery in Marshall, but Brau said in the future he also plans to bottle it and make it available to buy at locations like Tall Grass Liquor in Marshall. He said he’s currently working on designing labels.

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RCMP’s pension violated job-sharing officers charter rights – Kelowna Capital News




In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), the Supreme Court of Canada recently held that the RCMP violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) for women who job shared.

This case involved indirect, or adverse effect, discrimination. This occurs when, instead of explicitly singling out and treating differently those who are members of a protected group or analogous groups, the law or state action indirectly places them at a disadvantage.

The three claimants were regular members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). They took maternity leave the in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Upon returning to work, they experienced difficulties combining full time work with childcare responsibilities.

At the time, the RCMP did not permit them to work part-time.

In December 1997, the RCMP introduced a job-sharing program. It allowed members to split the duties of one full-time position.

As they had childcare responsibilities, the claimants participated in the job-sharing program to temporarily reduce their hours of work.

RCMP members pay into a retirement pension plan. The amount of the pension increases as service and earnings grow.

Legislation governing the RCMP allowed members to treat certain gaps in full-time service as fully pensionable.

However, regulations classified job sharers as part time workers. This denied them the option of buying back their pension for the time over which they did not work.

Other members, such as those who were suspended or took unpaid leave, were allowed to “buy back” their reduced pension contributions, thus increasing the pension they would ultimately receive.

The claimants alleged that the regulations, which denied them the opportunity to buy back their pension, discriminated against job-sharers — who were mostly women with children at home. They had a discriminatory impact on women, and this infringed their rights under section 15(1) the Charter.

Section 15(1) requires the state to treat everyone equally, without discrimination based on certain protected or enumerated characteristics.

At the Federal Court, they were unsuccessful. That judge did not find a violation of s. 15(1), stating that if the claimants were disadvantaged, it was not because they were women or parents. It was because of their own choices.

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal.

A 6:3 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada agreed with the claimants, finding that the RCMP’s policy created a distinction based on a protected ground (gender/sex), and that:

Full-time RCMP members who job-share must sacrifice pension benefits because of a temporary reduction in working hours. This arrangement has a disproportionate impact on women and perpetuates their historical disadvantage. It is a clear violation of their right to equality under s. 15(1) of the Charter.

Section 15 cases involve a two-step analysis:

  1. On its face or in its impact, does the law or state action create a distinction based on enumerated or analogous grounds?
  2. Does the law or state action impose burdens or deny a benefit in a manner that hast he effect of reinforcing, perpetuating, or exacerbating disadvantage?

Those claiming an infringement of s. 15(1) need not prove that the protected characteristic “caused” the disproportionate impact. They need not prove that the law itself was responsible for creating the background social or physical barriers which made a particular rule disadvantageous.

They are not required to show that the problematic law or state action affects all members of a protected group in the same way.

In dismissing the claim because the claimants “chose” to job-share, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada said that the lower courts misapprehended its s. 15 jurisprudence. It has consistently held that differential treatment can be discriminatory even if it is based on choices made by the affected individual or group.

In the majority’s view, the association between gender and fewer or less stable working hours was clear. The RCMP’s use of a temporary reduction in working hours to impose less favourable pension consequences plainly had a disproportionate and adverse impact on women.

This adverse impact “perpetuates a long-standing source of disadvantage to women: gender biases within pension plans, which have historically been designed for middle and upper-income full-time employees with long service, typically male.”

The RCMP’s pension design is based on assumptions applicable primarily to men. It perpetuates a long-standing source of economic disadvantage for women.

There was a prima facie breach of s. 15 based on the enumerated ground of gender.

Section 1 of the Charter allows the state to justify a limit on a Charter right as “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

To start with, the state must identify a pressing and substantial objective for limiting the Charter right.

Job-sharing was clearly intended as a substitute for leave without pay for those members who could not take such leave due to personal or family circumstances.

The majority saw no reason for treating the two forms of work reduction differently when extending pension buy-back rights. It held that the government failed to identify a compelling objective for this differential treatment.

Pension plans are only one example of workplace situations which perpetuate disadvantages women face. It is encouraging that Canadian courts are recognizing this and gradually upholding women’s rights to substantive equality. Decisions such as this are an important step, though much remains.

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Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice. Photo: Contributed

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice. Photo: Contributed

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice. She has been practicing law since 1994, with brief stints away to begin raising children.

Susan has experience in many areas of law, but is most drawn to areas in which she can make a positive difference in people’s lives, including employment law.

She has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1994 and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 2015. Susan grew up in Saskatchewan. Her parents were both entrepreneurs, and her father was also a union leader who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of workers. Before moving to B.C., Susan practiced law in both Calgary and Fort McMurray, Alta.

Living and practicing law in Fort McMurray made a lasting impression on Susan. It was in this isolated and unique community that her interest in employment law, and Canada’s oil sands industry, took hold. In 2013,

Susan moved to the Okanagan with her family, where she currently resides.

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