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Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Ontario extends business closures to stop spread of COVID-19

Following the advice of the chief medical officer of health, the Ontario government announced that it is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

No rule that unjust enrichment claim will fail if based on illegal contract: B.C. Court of Appeal

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision which ordered a woman to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars she had improperly charged to an acquaintance, despite her argument the money should not have to be returned because it was part of a scheme to deceive immigration authorities. The genesis of the case goes back to 2013, when Me Hee Kim purchased a restaurant from Aesun Choi; as part of the sale, Choi offered to run the business as Kim was in Canada on a study permit. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

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As all levels of government in Canada continue to impose increasingly restrictive physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, not-for-profit and charitable organizations are facing unprecedented challenges in connection with holding their upcoming Annual General Meetings (AGMs). ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

LIMITATION OF ACTIONS - When time begins to run - Discoverability

Appeal by the plaintiff from summary judgment dismissing her action for oppression remedy as statute barred. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

Quebec, federal beneficial ownership disclosure for corporations, trusts disclosure_files_sm

Quebec released its budget on March 10, and news on it has justifiably been overtaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the health of all is paramount at this time and always. Nevertheless, for those whose practice touches on corporations or trusts anywhere in Canada, it is important to note that a statement in the recent Quebec budget on beneficial ownership disclosure underlines the kinds of rules that will have to be interpreted in the upcoming years in all Canadian jurisdictions in order to apply new rules on disclosing individuals who are the ultimate beneficial owners or controllers of private corporations and sometimes of trusts. This, and a comparison to some of the federal rules on the issue, will be discussed below. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Estate freezes: A silver lining of COVID-19 | Dale Barrett

With the world in flux and an unprecedented shutdown of the world’s economy, those who were planning to transfer businesses to the next generation have been given what is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to defer additional taxes for many years. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

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

British Columbia’s provincial health officer (PHO) has issued new guidelines to support compliance with orders on business closures and gatherings, under the Public Health Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 9:43 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 1:23 PM

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

The federal government has revealed new information about its much-anticipated 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy for employers — including some details of the “stiff and severe penalties” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned will face businesses, non-profits and charities who abuse the COVID-19 wage subsidy program by using it other than to pay employees. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

FRAUD AND MISREPRESENTATION - Particular relationships - Fiduciary relationship

Appeal by the defendants from trial judgment finding them liable for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. ... [read more]