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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Ontario extends emergency orders to June 30

The Ontario government has announced the extension of all emergency orders until June 30. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

Alberta legislation aims to safeguard businesses from eviction

Alberta has introduced legislation to safeguard businesses from eviction as the province continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Why commercial realities matter in contractual rectification contract_gears_sm

In 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed in Canada (AG) v. Fairmont Hotels 2016 SCC 56, that contractual rectification is available to correct written contracts which inaccurately record the parties’ bargain. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Judicial review not remedy to correct margin of dumping in Canada Shipping containers at harbour

Angang Steel Company Limited and Angang International Trade Corporation brought an application for judicial review before the Federal Court of Appeal under paragraph 96.1(1)(b) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA). Angang challenged the final determination of dumping made by the president of the Canada Border Services Agency with respect to the importation of corrosion-resistant steel sheet, arguing that the margin of dumping was too high. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

Legalities surrounding impact and benefit agreements Arctic Beauty.jpg

Impact and benefit agreements (IBA) are a mechanism that enables a proponent who wants to develop resources on traditional Indigenous lands and territories to seek the support of the Indigenous party for that development. IBAs do not replace the Crown’s duty to consult, but the Crown typically delegates procedural aspects of consultation to third parties, including proponents. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Canada emergency benefit extended for eight weeks

The federal government on June 16 announced that it is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

COVID-19 class actions: More the merrier, apparently Lawsuit paper

By some counts, there have been between 17 and 33 class actions commenced in the past few months in Canada that are based on or arise out of the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 1:06 PM

COVID-19 poses access to justice hurdles for accused in Alberta custody Barbedwire

Like the rest of Canada, Alberta’s provincial courts and the Court of Queen’s Bench made drastic changes to their operations when health authorities directed suspension of regular business activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since March 17 of this year, judges in provincial courts have only heard cases according to schedule if an accused was in custody. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 12:16 PM

Reimagining the workplace: Mitigating cross-jurisdictional risks mask_keyboard_sm

As governments now start to relax certain COVID-19-related emergency measures, the reopening and return to the workplace now appears to be in sight. With unemployment rates in Canada at record highs and millions of Canadians on temporary layoffs, job-protected leaves, or modified work conditions, this is much welcome news. However, reopening the economy will be a gradual, cautious and volatile exercise. Indeed, for employers, the recent COVID-19 numbers call for continued vigilance and prudence. ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 3:26 PM

More small businesses can apply June 19 for CEBA $40,000 no-interest loans

Ottawa will begin taking applications June 19 under the expanded eligibility criteria it announced last month for accessing the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) — a federal program of interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 for owner-operated small businesses financially hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]