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Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

More of same, just nicer: International trade under Biden U.S._trade_sm

With the election is the United States being called by all major U.S. news organizations, President-Elect Joe Biden should take over the highest executive office in January 2021. While a deadly novel coronavirus and global warming may initially take precedence, matters of international trade will soon be on the agenda as the new president and his cabinet look to pull the U.S. economy out of the pandemic recession. It will be important for Canadian companies selling into the U.S. or exporting elsewhere in the world to understand how the Biden administration will treat international trade matters.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Kids, classes and COVID: Case law regarding parental conflict over school attendance during pandemic COVID mask and school materials

Many separated and divorced parents have faced wrenching decisions about their children’s schooling this fall, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 6:36 AM


Motion by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to strike the judicial review application filed by the respondent Air Passenger Rights (APR). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Estate tech alignment: How IT alignment model works hands_digital_devices_sm

The estate management requirements of our clients’ growing portfolio of digital assets is an emerging area for the estate industry and estate practitioners. The goal of this series of articles is to provide context on how the estate industry could approach a client’s digital estate from a business enterprise perspective and a framework of how to execute. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 11:19 AM

China’s new patent law to strengthen IP protection Chinawithlightbulb

On Oct. 17, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee approved China’s new patent law, which will come into force on June 1, 2021. This is the fourth time that China’s patent law has undergone significant changes, with previous amendments in 1992, 2000, and 2008. The new law has the potential to strengthen intellectual property (IP) protection and encourage globally harmonized practices. Some notable changes include: ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency once again B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike FarnwortH

British Columbia announced that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency as the province continues to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on Nov. 24 to allow health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 9:07 AM

Alberta labour and employment proposals do not alter fundamental rights of workers, lawyer says David Myrol, McLennan Ross

Alarm bells are sounding over the Alberta Conservative government’s proposals to revamp its occupational health and safety legislation and worker’s compensation regime, but lawyers are saying those concerns are largely unfounded as the proposals will provide more clarity for both employers and employees while leaving the fundamental rights of workers intact. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Family cottage: How can trusts protect heirs from matrimonial claims? Fancy

“Marriage is the agreement to let a family happen.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 4:58 PM

Biden administration still holds challenges for Canada, say former politicians Christy Clark sm

A Joe Biden presidency in the United States will present a strategic opportunity for Canada to reset its most important international relationship, but Ottawa will be challenged by issues such as the likely demise of the Keystone XL pipeline and a rekindled competition for top international talent, said a panel of former high-profile Canadian politicians. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Refunds for cancelled flights will be key in COVID-19 aid to airlines

Ottawa is pledging that a future aid package for Canada’s battered and bruised airline industry will be contingent on refunds being given to customers for cancelled flights. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said Nov. 8 that while the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has “hit the air sector harder than any other” — passenger levels have plummeted due to travel restrictions and widespread fear of transmission — there have been “many Canadians who have been negatively affected.” ... [read more]