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Commercial landlord not entitled to rent due to force majeure, rules Quebec court
The decision ‘shows a willingness on the part of the court to push hard to provide some relief for tenants so I think it’s a somewhat troubling precedent for landlords’ said Christopher Richter, a trial and appellate lawyer with Torys LLP in Montreal.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

In one of the first COVID-19 related lawsuits to surface, a Quebec court held that a commercial landlord was not entitled to collect rent from its tenant because a Quebec government decree that suspended non-essential business activities for three months to stem the flow of the pandemic constitutes force majeure. ... [read more]

Ottawa announces $3B in funding for pandemic-related infrastructure projects Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 3:23 PM

The federal government is adjusting a federal infrastructure program to directly respond to the immediate pressures and concerns as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Federal Court of Appeal decision has put more than $1B in tax revenue at risk, Ottawa says Steve Suarez, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

The federal government wants the Supreme Court to look at a recent decision which it says “provides a roadmap” for Canadian financial institutions to avoid paying tax, but a legal expert is saying getting before the high court will likely be a steep hill to climb. ... [read more]

Some conditional sentence restrictions struck down in first successful Charter challenge Subscriber only content Nader Hasan sm

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

A precedent-setting Ontario Court of Appeal decision striking down some restrictions on conditional sentences appears to open the way again for Charter challenges based on section 15 equality rights, says the lawyer who represented the successful appellant. ... [read more]

LSO proposal to allow paralegals to provide family law services garners mixed reaction Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Teresa Donnelly

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO)’s proposal to allow paralegals a limited licence to deal with family law issues is receiving a mixed reaction from practitioners in the field, with some saying it offers the potential to help address an access to justice crisis but others arguing it could create even more backlog in the system. ... [read more]