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Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 1:56 PM  

Last Updated: Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 4:12 PM

Below is free coverage from The Lawyer’s Daily on COVID-19 including news, analysis, opinion and Insider items. This listing will continue to be updated with the newest items posted on top. Users can also use the Search box at the top of the page and set real-time news alerts for any keyword, including COVID-19, to be informed when new content is published.

As an additional free resource to help Canadian legal professionals manage the evolving COVID-19 crisis, Lexis Practice Advisor (owned by The Lawyer’s Daily parent company LexisNexis Canada) has developed "Coronavirus Guidance for Canada" featuring select content that addresses emerging issues related to COVID-19 across a variety of practice areas.

Court Websites with Information for Canadians (via Canadian Judicial Council)

Manitoba Appeal Court embracing remote technology amid pandemic

Ontario extends business closures to stop spread of COVID-19

Landlord-tenant checklist for Quebec during COVID-19

Ontario Superior Court of Justice expands matters heard remotely during COVID-19

LSO cancels June lawyer licensing exams, call to bar ceremonies

Vancouver lawyer caught by COVID-19 crisis in Peru

Impact of COVID-19 on equine farms and facility operations

Alberta government suspends limitation periods, provincial court adjourns civil matters

B.C. Supreme Court updates procedures on insolvency matters

Show of hands: Virtual annual general meetings

Facing pandemic as a law practice program candidate

Ontario emergency measures endanger marginalized, racialized groups

Nova Scotia court to allow virtual affidavits

Northwest Territories courts shut down in-person services

Ontario giving $2.7 million to help victims of crime, support staff during COVID-19

Manitoba bringing new in-custody quarantines, more inmate phone time

Current guidelines for urgent parenting motions during COVID-19

Constructive dismissal and COVID-19

New B.C. guidelines support compliance with provincial health officer’s orders

Ottawa elaborates on wage subsidies, subsidy abuse penalties for businesses, charities, non-profits

Northwest Territories issues COVID-19 practice directive for inmate removal order

Articling student launches legal tech collaboration site in the wake of COVID-19

Nova Scotia provincial, youth courts adjourning in-custody matters

Breaching Ontario’s COVID-19 emergency order could result in fines, imprisonment

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench updates procedures on mediation, arbitration awards

Pandemic observations from self-isolation

Bar calls for limited release of prison inmates, immigration detainees to stop spread of COVID-19

Urgent family law matters during COVID-19

COVID-19 silver linings for justice system

Mediation by Zoom addresses social distancing, shuttered courtrooms

B.C. courts issue updates to operations due to COVID-19

Mining association says federal wage subsidy could ‘help prevent further layoffs’

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench provides guidance on consent orders

Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, penalties

Ottawa presses U.S. to abide by prohibition of refoulement of asylum seekers at shared border

Access to Justice: Justice in the time of social distancing 

Two Quebec inmates test positive for COVID-19: Correctional Service Canada

Shared parenting during COVID-19

Nova Scotia court suspends filing deadlines

Federal Court working on access to justice, despite COVID-19; urgent matters still being heard

B.C. courts amend procedures for in-court appearances, affidavits

B.C. suspends legal time limitations due to COVID-19

Alberta increases security for renters, restricts public gatherings due to COVID-19

Alberta restricting access to courts in light of COVID-19

Quarantine Act’s jail provisions should not be focus of attention

Postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Feds announce 75% wage subsidy, $40,000 interest-free loans for business, deferral of import duties

Nova Scotia Appeal Court adjourns additional hearings

How COVID-19 affects child support payments: What to do if support is too expensive

First Nation elections pose significant health risk

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms 

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19

On front lines of COVID-19: The struggle to stay informed

B.C. brings in protections for renters, landlords in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench makes changes to commissioning of affidavits

B.C. employing ‘extraordinary powers’ to combat COVID-19

B.C. Supreme Court, provincial court offer new guidance in response to COVID-19

Alberta gives ‘full authority’ to law enforcement agencies on COVID-19 fines

Managing workplace investigations during COVID-19 pandemic

N.S. Supreme Court stops accepting hard copy documents, turns to electronic filing

Practical COVID-19 impacts on foreign nationals in Canada

COVID-19 considered ‘material change’ by Ontario court in bail review

SCC cancels scheduled spring session; appeal hearings might still proceed in June

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $55 billion from $27 billion

New mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers; Lametti certifies C-13 is Charter-compliant

How COVID-19 affects child support payments: Does a parent still have to pay support?

Fines for not social distancing make sense, but clarity needed, says Nova Scotia scholar

LSO launches emergency family referral line during COVID-19

Legal Aid Ontario bolsters telephone, online help resources

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench enhances e-mail filing system

U.S. COVID-19 immigration policies could scuttle vulnerable businesses

Remote contract review helps lawyers respond to COVID-19

Some chicken, some neck: Why humour’s beneficial in trying times

P.E.I. to issue heavy fines for refusal to self-isolate

B.C. moves to protect jobs of people affected by COVID-19

Stepping up for Ontario’s families

Ontario suspends limitation periods, directs bar to serve documents via e-mail

B.C., Alberta law societies make new moves in response to COVID-19

Publisher gives law students free temporary access to e-book version of casebooks

On front lines of COVID-19: Mental and physical burdens

Impact of COVID-19 on patent deadlines

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws

Alberta courts urge public to avoid courthouses

Trudeau tells public ‘enough is enough’; Ontario, Quebec announce non-essential workplaces shutdown

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune

Employers must be mindful of wrongful dismissal during COVID-19

B.C. courts amend procedures for affidavits

Saskatchewan courts trim down, turn to phone, video to curb COVID-19

Lawyers divided over protection provided by new Ontario infectious disease legislation

Saskatchewan, Manitoba law societies work from home in light of COVID-19

B.C. provincial court suspends regular operations as of March 25

Quebec bar sets up free phone-in clinic for questions about COVID-19

Nova Scotia extending deadlines on fines for summary convictions, driving offences

Canada eases mortgage insurance rules to support consumers, businesses

Manitoba’s Appeal Court scales back to fight COVID-19

Northwest Territories courts mandate telephone appearances by counsel

Courts can learn to modernize through COVID-19 crisis, experts say

On front lines of COVID-19

COVID-19: Family law going forward

Criminal lawyers group urges courts to ‘implement systems’ for remote access in wake of COVID-19

Ontario passes two pieces of legislation to protect workers, municipalities during COVID-19

Canadian businesses asking questions about force majeure in light of COVID-19

Good advice for small business during pandemic

COVID-19 may play havoc with divorced parents’ March break plans

New Brunswick, P.E.I. law societies shut their doors

‘It is not business as usual,’ LSO treasurer says as Canadian law societies react to COVID-19

Alberta Law Society extends trust safety filing deadline

B.C. Supreme Court suspends regular operations due to COVID-19, some provincial courts closed

B.C. declares state of emergency; Yukon declares public health emergency

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do

Ottawa pledges billions in COVID-19 economic relief; ‘non-essential’ travel to and from U.S. to be barred

Yukon courts amend procedures in light of COVID-19

Nunavut Court of Justice suspends regular operations; Appeal Court cancels May sitting

Women fleeing abuse affected by COVID-19

University of Calgary law extends deadline to accept admission offers

Newfoundland law society empties its offices

Courthouse closures in B.C. related to COVID-19

Alberta, B.C. declare public health emergencies

Immigration bar seeks clarification as Canada tightens border controls on foreign nationals

Corporate immigration compliance for COVID-19

B.C. Court of Appeal limits operations in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society closes doors, works remotely

Travel insurance in the time of COVID-19

SCC postpones March hearings, but leaves filing deadlines intact for now

Alberta Law Society closes doors in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Employers’ need to know obligations in face of pandemic

Canada announces new border controls for foreign air travellers

Ontario declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases increase

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis

Ontario Superior Court suspends all operations including criminal cases

Court of Appeal suspends scheduled appeals for three weeks

COVID-19: Employer, employee give and take

Visitors restricted at Ontario youth justice centres

Federal Court announces interim measures

Alberta courts announce measures to deal with COVID-19 fallout

B.C. modifies court procedures in response to COVID-19

Canadian employers facing challenges over COVID-19

What our courts can and should do to address COVID-19 concerns

Jury trials nixed over COVID-19; SCC closed to public; courts offer remote hearings, adjournments

Effective IP strategy: Patenting treatment for COVID-19 infections

Program can minimize business interruptions like COVID-19, rail strike

Beer company takes high road amid pandemic

What coronavirus could mean to jail, bail, lockdowns, release