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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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Published on: 22 Apr 2020 By

Approvals from federal authorities may not protect against charges under provincial environmental laws

In R v Great Lakes Stevedoring Company Ltd,[1]companies are given a stark reminder that provincial environmental laws and regulations must be complied with notwithstanding compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations and operating exclusively on federal property. Great Lakes S…

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Published on: 22 Apr 2020 By

Federal government announces further changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

On April 6, I posted this blog summarizing the main features of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”). On April 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced further changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”). Note that the proposed changes have not yet been formalized …

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Published on: 21 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19 and the anticipated wave of motions to change

I have heard some describe the fallout from the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and families in the family law context as the inevitable “tsunami”. I hope the forecast of a “tsunami” proves incorrect, but I do predict that there will be a wave of variation cases (Motions to Change) when th…

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Published on: 21 Apr 2020 By

Statutory deductibles and thresholds: A legislated barrier to full reimbursement

Did you know that if you have been hurt in a motor vehicle collision seriously enough to receive an award for pain and suffering, it may be reduced by $39,556.53? This amount is known as the statutory deductible and, worse yet, it is tied to inflation and increases each year. If you are inju…

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Published on: 20 Apr 2020 By

Canada announces funding for early-stage companies

This article was updated on April 28, 2020 to reflect additional information regarding the Innovation Assistance Program administered through Industrial Research Assistance Program of the National Research Council of Canada, including the window for submitting applications. As of April 28, 2…

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