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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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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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