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Published on: 6 May 2020 By

Crypto-Platforms hit with eleven coordinated class actions

Crypto-currency trading platforms (“Crypto-Platforms”) received an unwelcome surprise last month, when eleven of them were hit with coordinated class action suits in America by two law firms. The class actions target some of the largest crypto-currency exchanges in the world: Binance, Bibox …

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Published on: 4 May 2020 By ,

Business Essentials – Episode 2: How to keep your company’s data as clean as your hands

In Business Essentials, a limited-run podcast series, Chris Sinal of Siskinds’ Labour & Employment Group sits down with some of the firm’s business lawyers to discuss current issues and challenges facing our clients as they adapt to the new business environment resulting from COVID-19. …

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Published on: 4 May 2020 By

A review – inspection vs. investigation?

We have written numerous blogs over the years on the difference between inspections vs. investigations. This blog is a reminder on the general distinction between an inspection as opposed to an investigation and the authority of Provincial Officers (“PO”) and outlines the aspects of a strict…

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Published on: 1 May 2020 By

Amending order provides clarity on director and shareholder meeting requirements

On April 24, 2020, the Ontario government issued an amendment to its initial emergency order in connection with meetings for corporations. The initial order, which came into effect at the end of March of this year and is discussed in my earlier post, provides temporary flexibility and relief…

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Published on: 29 Apr 2020 By ,

Business Essentials – Episode 1: Challenges related to COVID-19 facing employers now and in the future

In Business Essentials, a limited-run podcast series, Chris Sinal of Siskinds’ Labour & Employment Group sits down with some of the firm’s business lawyers to discuss current issues and challenges facing our clients as they adapt to the new business environment resulting from COVID-19. …

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Published on: 28 Apr 2020 By ,

Update on rent relief for Canadian small businesses

On Friday, April 24, 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau announce more information regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (“CECRA”) program. When it was initially announced on April 16, 2020, little more was known about the CECRA program than that it would assist small businesses …

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Published on: 27 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19: condominium electronic meetings and time extensions

In her blog of April 16, 2020, my colleague Vivian Iron discussed emergency orders that provide flexibility for corporations’ meeting requirements. The original orders only provided flexibility in connection with the meeting requirements for corporations governed by the Corporations Act (Ont…

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Published on: 23 Apr 2020 By

Force Majeure and the COVID-19 pandemic

What is “Force Majeure”? Force Majeure provisions, which stem from the French term meaning “greater force” or “superior force” are incorporated into many types of commercial agreements. These clauses are generally put in place to relieve a party from having to perform its contractual obligat…

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Published on: 22 Apr 2020 By ,

Virtual witnessing of Wills and POAs during the COVID-19 emergency: considerations for estate planning lawyers

Note: This blog post has been updated to reflect the amended Order by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on April 22, 2020. On April 7, 2020, the Lieutenant Governor in Council made an Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act varying the current statutory requirements fo…

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