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…Continue reading the post titled Virtual witnessing of Wills and POAs during the COVID-19 emergency: considerations for estate planning lawyers
Approvals from federal authorities may not protect against charges under provincial environmental laws
In R v Great Lakes Stevedoring Company Ltd,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…Continue reading the post titled Approvals from federal authorities may not protect against charges under provincial environmental laws
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 …Continue reading the post titled Federal government announces further changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
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…Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 and the anticipated wave of motions to change
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…Continue reading the post titled Statutory deductibles and thresholds: A legislated barrier to full reimbursement
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…Continue reading the post titled Canada announces funding for early-stage companies
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 …Continue reading the post titled COVID-19: Providing virtual patient care during a pandemic
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,…Continue reading the post titled Can I get a divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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 …Continue reading the post titled Canadian small businesses to receive rent relief
What is my personal injury case worth?
If you have been injured by the negligence of another, you may be wondering about the value of your case. This is particularly so if your injuries are preventing you from working or involve extraordinary medical expenses. Indeed, near the beginning of a relationship with a new client, I am o…Continue reading the post titled What is my personal injury case worth?