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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: 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: 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: 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

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: 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: 13 Apr 2020 By

The Canadian Bar Association webcast: critical condominium law issues

Access to property condominium liens and status certificates. On April 16, business law lawyer Matthew Wilson will examine a number of critical issues with respect to the governance and operation of condominium corporations in Ontario being affected by the recent measures taken by the other …

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