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Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics | Richard Pound

Prior to the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to postpone the 2020 Games, scheduled to begin on July 24, the regular cycle of the modern Olympic Games has been interrupted only three times, all the result of cancellations caused by 20th century wars. There has never been a postponement, an intermediate alternative lying between persisting with an original schedule and outright cancellation. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 3:51 PM

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

Ottawa is offering a 75 per cent wage subsidy to “qualifying” small- and medium-sized businesses as part of new COVID-19 support measures, including a government-guaranteed, interest-free and partially forgivable, $40,000 loan for businesses with payrolls of less than $1 million, and deferral until June 30, 2020, of GST/HST and import duties. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

U.S. antitrust laws, Brexit Brexit

The Office of Fair Trading and the European Commission (commission) were combined into a single authority, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The primary duty of the CMA is to seek to promote competition within and outside the U.K. for the benefit of consumers. After Dec. 31, 2020, Brexit will likely result in parallel investigations between the CMA and the Competition Commission (CC). ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

Ontario court clarifies when provincial trusts will be upheld in insolvency proceedings Jeremy Sacks

Ontario contractors have often been out of luck to collect monies owed to them during insolvency proceedings, despite provincial legislation that ensures that doesn’t happen. Under subsection 9(1) of Ontario’s Construction Act, when an owner sells a property and trade contractors have not been paid for their work, the net proceeds from the sale — following payment to discharge any existing mortgage — flow into a trust fund for the contractors. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

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

The government of British Columbia is using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

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

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:55 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

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

Hours before Ottawa announced a sweeping mandatory 14-day quarantine of travellers (except essential workers) arriving from abroad, effective midnight March 25, Justice Minister David Lametti gave his constitutional blessing to the federal government’s $107 billion COVID-19 financial relief legislation (Bill C-13). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:14 PM

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

“Business as usual” is a thing of the past. With borders closed to international travellers, economies reeling from government actions in response to COVID-19, and demand for business services at an all-time low because of the pandemic, business across the U.S.-Canada border has slowed to an unprecedented crawl. ... [read more]