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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Partnerships in resource development: Impact and benefit agreements arcticbeauty

Impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) have emerged as the primary mechanism for Indigenous participation in resource development projects. So, what are IBAs exactly? What are the critical considerations in their negotiation? And what are the steps that follow their conclusion? I’ll answer this and more below. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Temporary ban on commercial evictions in Ontario eyed by Ford government

Ontario wants to change the Commercial Tenancies Act to temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal-provincial rent assistance, according to a June 8 news release issued by the government. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 9:10 AM

Ottawa poised to introduce law to extend civil timelines and punish CERB abuse  Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says criminal penalties the government plans to introduce in its fourth pandemic-related bill target those who deliberately abuse the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — not ineligible claimants who mistakenly collect the $2,000-per-month benefit. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 3:35 PM

Ontario announces second stage of reopening outside GTHA, hikes limit on social gatherings

Starting June 12, 24 of Ontario’s 34 health units will be allowed to move into stage 2 of the province’s reopening, the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford announced in a June 8 news release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Tax planning strategies in a market downturn: Trusts Two people with calculator

In last week’s article, we discussed some tax-planning strategies for taking advantage of lower business and asset valuations brought about by COVID-19 in the context of personal and estate planning. This week, we will discuss certain asset-protection measures that taxpayers may wish to undertake when worried about possible lawsuits or creditor claims. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

In case of emergency, break glass: New priorities for governing boards business_continuity_sm

What has been painfully clear from the COVID-19 outbreak is that businesses across the world are facing existential threats from unforeseen forces. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

History made in Ontario courts: Final thoughts youtube_court_sm

In my last article in this series, I noted that in Nation Rise Wind Farm Limited Partnership v. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2020 ONSC 2335 judicial review, the Divisional Court held that the minister’s decision was unreasonable and the process by which he reached his decision breached procedural fairness. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 4:06 PM

Ontario extends emergency orders, suspension of legal limitation periods

The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders currently in force under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19 and the suspension of limitation periods and time periods in legal proceedings until Sept. 11. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Litigation risk in COVID-19 environment: Class actions and more risk_liability_sm

As we discussed in the first article in this series, the economic and strategic considerations affecting organizations’ litigation decisions are shifting because of COVID-19. For example, class action activity in the first few months of the pandemic already includes: ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

B.C. looking at amending, updating legislation on protection of personal information Keri Bennett, Roper Greyell LLP

Lawmakers in B.C. are undertaking a review of the province’s legislation on protection of personal information, with a view to bring it more in line with modern concerns surrounding sharing of information and privacy. An all-party committee of the legislature was established in February to seek input from British Columbians on the effectiveness of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act governs how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information. ... [read more]