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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 3:34 PM

Gowling WLG has new general managers in Vancouver, Montreal offices

Gowling WLG announced that Tracey Scher and Philip Tousignant are the new general managers of its Vancouver and Montreal offices, respectively.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Expiration of limitation period not a defence for surety under bond claim Surety bond

Mandatory arbitration clauses are common in the construction industry. Arbitration provides an alternative to the litigation process that often makes it preferable to the standard litigation path of a dispute. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

Feds plan to suspend, extend federal time limits, extend civil notice periods during pandemic Justice Minister David Lametti

Ottawa says it wants to be fair and flexible during the COVID-19 fallout, and is seeking feedback from the bar until May 29 on draft legislation that would, if enacted: temporarily suspend some key time limits under federal legislation; allow other time limits to be suspended or extended where the circumstances of the pandemic may make compliance difficult or impossible; as well as extend certain other periods so that their expiration does not produce “unfair or undesirable” effects. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The good, bad and risky: Physician obligations during COVID telemedicine_doctor_sm

We often hear that one of the silver linings of this COVID-19 pandemic will be increased access to health-care professionals through technological innovations such as telemedicine and other remote care solutions. Indeed, the pressures brought by the disease on hospitals and traditional care facilities, whether actual or anticipated, have facilitated this general embrace of technology as a fundamental partner of modern health care. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 4:45 PM

Canada Revenue Agency extends filing deadlines to Sept. 1 for corporations, trusts

To assist COVID-19-hit businesses and tax preparers, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced May 25 it has extended some filing deadlines for corporations and trusts to Sept. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 4:12 PM - Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

Feds look at 10 days paid sick leave, launch commercial rent relief, financial guidance helpline Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with the provinces about ensuring every worker has 10 days of paid sick leave so that they won’t be financially pressured to leave home for work when they know or suspect that they have COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Up to 62 small Canadian businesses can apply for $10K grants to survive downturn

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce on May 25 announced a new program, the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) Small Business Relief Fund, to provide small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Polley Faith adds new Toronto partner

Polley Faith LLP announced that Jeffrey Haylock has been made partner at the Toronto firm. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

CRA tax disputes and COVID-19 Tax planning laptop

As the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak makes far-reaching changes across Canadian society, the tax system is feeling the effects. In particular, it has immediately suspended swaths of the dispute resolution mechanisms under tax legislation. This has upsides and downsides for taxpayers involved in contentious tax matters. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Ottawa launches online benefits finder tool to cope with COVID-19 crisis

The federal government on May 22 announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs. ... [read more]