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Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 4:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Trudeau tells public ‘enough is enough’; Ontario, Quebec announce non-essential workplaces shutdown Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Declaring that “enough is enough,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa is willing to step in with national emergency measures, if needed, should some people continue to ignore the government’s messaging to stay at home, physically distance from others and self-isolate as required. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Merger control, Brexit Brexitmap

Merger control legislation is instrumental in dealing with abuse of market dominance. Abuse of market dominance occurs if a dominant firm in a market or dominant group of firms engages in conduct with the intent to eliminate or discipline a competitor or to deter future entry by new competitors where competition is prevented or lessened substantially. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Governance for charities, not-for-profits: Back to basics documents_corporate_sm

As charities and not-for-profits continue to play an important role in Canadian society, it is important to ensure that they maintain good governance and keep abreast of governance issues that may arise. In general terms, “governance” is the establishment, implementation and monitoring of appropriate rules and policies by an organization’s governing body in order to achieve its purposes. Proper governance requires appropriate structural and operational due diligence and effective decision-making. This article provides a brief overview of some common questions and issues that arise regarding governance for charities and not-for-profits concerning governing documents and bylaws. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Canadian tax basis bump: Threshold questions Tax planning

As discussed in part one, the bump denial rules will apply when, in the course of an acquisition, certain types of people (colloquially referred to as “bad people”) have acquired certain types of property (“bad property”). The following threshold questions may assist in determining whether the bump could be available by determining which shareholders may be “bad people” and whether any of these bad people might acquire bad property. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 1:14 PM

Canada eases mortgage insurance rules to support consumers, businesses

The government of Canada announced that it is taking action to support Canadian individuals and businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the economic impacts of the global COVID-19 outbreak. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

A checklist for franchise causes of action: Damages franchise_magnify_sm

The provincial statutes provide for various exemptions to the obligation to provide a disclosure document. (As with the previous article, references to statutory sections are to provisional Franchise Acts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I.; the Alberta statute has somewhat different provisions.) The party claiming the exemption, i.e. the franchisor, has the burden of proving the exemption. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

The Lawyer’s Daily providing free access to COVID-19 content COVID-19

As COVID-19 events continue to unfold, The Lawyer’s Daily team is working to deliver legal news, analysis and other key resources specifically geared to support your decision-making and counsel on COVID-19 matters. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Ontario passes two pieces of legislation to protect workers, municipalities during COVID-19

On March 19, the government of Ontario passed two pieces of legislation in response to growing concerns over COVID-19 and its impact on workers. ... [read more]