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Published on: 20 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19: Providing virtual patient care during a pandemic

We have all been mandated to engage in social distancing and self isolation in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, and this includes physicians and other health care providers. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered that all non-essential and elective services provided …

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Published on: 20 Apr 2020 By

Can I get a divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s been a long month of social distancing. I mean – wow – this is the most time I have spent with my spouse since … ever! I can appreciate why many couples who were already struggling with relationship dysfunction, or were desiring a separation, may be feeling over the edge now. Of course,…

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Published on: 17 Apr 2020 By ,

Canadian small businesses to receive rent relief

Note: An updated article on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program can be found here. During Prime Minister Trudeau’s daily address on Thursday, April 16, 2020 he announced a new assistance program to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the …

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Published on: 16 Apr 2020 By

Answering employers’ COVID-19 medical note and leave questions

Employees that self-isolate because they have COVID-19 must have a doctor’s note saying they have recovered and can return to work: True or False? It depends. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take every “reasonable precaution” necessary to protect their work…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2020 By

Emergency order provides interim flexibility for corporations’ meeting requirements

On March 31, 2020, the government of Ontario issued an emergency order pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the province’s Declaration of Emergency. The emergency order is welcomed amongst many Ontario corporations seeking flexibility in connection wit…

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Published on: 15 Apr 2020 By

Guide to automobile accident benefit forms

Statutory Accident Benefits (“accident benefits”) are available to those who are injured as a result of the “use or operation of a motor vehicle”. This includes passengers, drivers, cyclists, or those who are injured by motor vehicles as pedestrians. Accident benefits are available regardles…

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Published on: 14 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19: Ontario’s emergency orders extended

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the Ontario government announced the extension of its emergency orders concerning the COVID-19 pandemic until April 23, 2020. This extension applies to all emergency orders made by the province in response to COVID-19, including the closure of non-essential place…

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Published on: 14 Apr 2020 By

Wide ranging repercussions of climate change

Reinsurance is the insurance that is purchased by another insurance company to partially insulate itself from the risk of major claims events. Reinsurance companies provide insurance against loss for other insurance companies, particularly losses related to catastrophic risks such as hurrica…

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Published on: 13 Apr 2020 By

Franchise disclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every business in one way or another. This is equally true for franchise systems and the franchised businesses in those systems. A limited number of fortunate franchise systems and business are experiencing a positive impact, as the pandemic increase…

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