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Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 8:36 AM

Practical COVID-19 impacts on foreign nationals in Canada temporary_visa_sm

Recently, news outlets have focused their coverage on the drastic travel restrictions implemented by the Canadian government in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These border closures are intended to limit the number of foreign nationals entering Canada that could introduce the virus to new populations. There have also been significant measures taken within Canada to encourage social distancing, resulting in the closure of many Canadian businesses and schools. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

How COVID-19 affects child support payments: Does a parent still have to pay support? Man and woman have no money

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyone’s life upside down. Some people are losing their jobs. Businesses are having to shut down, putting many at risk of permanently closing. But one thing hasn’t changed: child support payments must still be made. And that leaves payors in a potentially impossible position. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

Sovereignty begins at home: Inuit and Northwest Passage MapofArctic

The fabled Northwest Passage, connecting the world’s two largest oceans along the northern coast of North America through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, is fast becoming a present day reality. Non-Inuit have dreamed of using the passage as a commercial shipping lane since long before Franklin’s lost expedition. But the presence of year-round ice left the passage largely unnavigable and kept those dreams at bay. Until now. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Remote contract review helps lawyers respond to COVID-19 communications_tech_sm

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a widespread and indiscriminate impact on the global economy. Canada is expected to join a growing number of governments mandating closure of non-essential businesses in the coming days. This will push many companies into survival mode. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Latest development concerning bad faith, trademarks Drawing

When the government implemented its 2018 intellectual property strategy, the Trademarks Act was amended to add bad faith as a ground for the invalidation of a trademark registration and as a ground of opposition. The registration of a trademark is invalid if the application for registration was filed in bad faith. Similar considerations apply in the opposition of a trademark application. To date no Canadian decisions have considered “bad faith” under the amendments but it is just a matter of time before this occurs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:07 PM

Regulating cryptocurrency exchanges: The courts struggle bitcoin_investing_sm

Cryptocurrency remains, in many ways, a novel asset class. No surprise, then, that courts in many jurisdictions are still trying to figure out how their law applies to the phenomenon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:35 AM

On front lines of COVID-19: Mental and physical burdens Emergency room nursing station

I’m on my seventh 12-hour shift in a row, physically, emotionally and mentally strained, but have no choice but to keep going. Several colleagues are off sick now. We have rallied as a team, but we know this might only be the deep breath before the crisis begins. COVID-19 hasn’t fully impacted us. Yet. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:28 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on patent deadlines Patent Drawer

With courthouse closures and law firms quick to implement remote working policies, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact beyond the realm of public health. As the virus continues to spread, intellectual property offices are adopting measures to accommodate missed deadlines relating to COVID-19. We caution that the information below is a snapshot only. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Merger control, Brexit Brexitmap

Merger control legislation is instrumental in dealing with abuse of market dominance. Abuse of market dominance occurs if a dominant firm in a market or dominant group of firms engages in conduct with the intent to eliminate or discipline a competitor or to deter future entry by new competitors where competition is prevented or lessened substantially. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:23 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process: Further signficance Arbitration form

Vavilov will have a significant effect on the family law med/arb process as the majority has raised the bar for the requirements in reasoning of the arbitrator. ... [read more]