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Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

SCC clarifies test on legality of post-incorporation contracts Justice Suzanne Côté

The Supreme Court has ruled the test for finding whether a post-incorporation contract exists is the same as it is for any other agreement, a decision being called an important one for certainty in commercial transactions. The decision in Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corp. 2020 SCC 29 concerns Crystal Square, a mixed-use retail complex, office tower, residential tower and hotel in Burnaby, B.C. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:09 PM

COVID-19 vaccine not expected until ‘sometime’ in 2021: Trudeau Justin_Trudeau_sm

Ottawa is investing hundreds of millions in the development of made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccines — but it is not expected one will be made available at least until sometime in 2021. That is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to say during an Oct. 23 press conference, where he announced his Liberal government will be investing $214 million in the development of Canadian-made vaccines. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

Why working from home might mean going Dutch | Marcel Strigberger

Who pays for the toilet paper in Holland? I’m sure many of us were wondering about this question. We are talking about whether or not employers should compensate employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic for consumption during work hours, of items such as toilet paper, coffee, tea and other such baubles of extravagance. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

Infrastructure, Indigenous engagement: A corporate perspective abstract development

New infrastructure projects in water, transportation and energy will be a critical part of Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. In the medium to long term, new projects will also be core to raising Canada’s productivity, expanding our trade, reducing our carbon footprint and adapting to climate change. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

COVID-19’s impact on trucking industry: Part two covid_trucker_sm

As we discussed in our first article in this series, the Canadian trucking industry has had to adapt to the changing circumstances of COVID-19 in order to keep supply chains moving. This article continues our overview of some of the legal issues that this industry has faced and considerations in connection with the reopening of the economy. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Clark Wilson adds three new associates

Clark Wilson LLP welcomed associates Angela Yousofi, Debbie Preston and Nick Carlson to the Vancouver firm. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Facial recognition technology and privacy: Rules of engagement face_recognition_sm

The deployment of facial recognition in commercial applications has increased, creating various use cases for this sophisticated technology including tagging, authentication, targeted advertising and analytics. While facial recognition technology has come under fire for being deeply invasive and biased, those companies with a need to use this technology should not be dissuaded so long as they implement the technology within a proper privacy, security and ethics framework. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

CRTC’s jurisdiction eliminates court’s involvement court_decision_sm

The Quebec Superior Court’s inherent jurisdiction as the court of original general jurisdiction yielded to the exclusive jurisdiction expressly conferred on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) by the Broadcasting Act, SC 1991, c 11. Justice Gregory Moore in Vidéotron Ltée v. Bell Média Inc. 2020 QCCS 2767 determined that the subject matter prompting an application for injunctive relief had been formally and expressly assigned to the CRTC. By granting the declinatory motion, Justice Moore effectively qualified the CRTC as the “competent court” under article 31 of Code of Civil Procedure, CQLR c C-25.01 (C.C.P.). ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 2:32 PM

What it’s like to be Black@Blakes | Kyle Elliott

This past summer, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others have brought to light issues of racial injustice that have long plagued our institutions. At home and abroad, these events have led to protests, policy debates and many difficult conversations about what we can individually and collectively do to combat anti-Black racism. It reminded many that the fight for equality and inclusion is as urgent as ever. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

BLG announces senior leadership appointments

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced several changes in its senior leadership. According to the firm’s press release, BLG’s national group heads have overall responsibility for the business plans, financial performance and client service performance for their respective national practice groups, sit on the firm’s national management committee and play a key role in the overall management of the firm. ... [read more]