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Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario encourages businesses hit by COVID-19 lockdown to apply for support grant

Ontario is urging small businesses affected by the provincewide COVID-19 shutdown to join the roughly 42,000 enterprises that have already applied for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Who was that unmasked man? | Marcel Strigberger

“No mask for me; I’m special,” he says.  ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Trudeau says government will look at vetting process for governor general after Payette resignation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to look at the vetting process for Canada’s governor general after Julie Payette resigned from the position amidst accusations of a toxic workplace at Rideau Hall during her tenure. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Bank of Canada projects short-term pain, long-term gain for economy in 2021

Canada’s central bank is holding interest rates steady and projecting economic growth to increase in the latter part of 2021 as vaccines and lockdowns begin to bring the number of COVID-19 cases down, but is also warning that in the short term the pandemic will continue to be a burden on employers in industries such as restaurants and hotels. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

Evolving good faith principles in franchising: Part one Business people inside meshing gears

Systemwide changes in franchising are more prevalent these days, as COVID-19 is changing operational needs and consumer behaviour. Franchisors may be considering system changes, some relatively minor while others significant, affecting the business model. Some companies may be even setting up different brands or systems to meet new consumer demands that were difficult to foresee only a few years ago. This raises issues about contractual rights and obligations to implement such changes, and the related duty of good faith and fair dealings, which is found both in franchise statutes and in the common law. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Hospital CEO fired for travelling to U.S. claiming bad faith, loss of reputation in lawsuit

A former hospital CEO who was fired after travelling to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against his former employer, saying he was dismissed in bad faith and that the hospital’s board chair approved his plans to go south of the border. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

The pandemic and municipal insolvency: Part two Closed COVID-19 sign

As we promised in our first article in this series, we will now discuss the advantages available to municipalities if it is determined that they can rely upon Canada’s insolvency legislation to restructure their affairs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 1:50 PM

Ottawa, Ontario urge provincial support for agricultural support program

Agriculture ministers in Canada and Ontario are urging their counterparts to back proposed changes to a program which gives income support to Canadian farmers. The AgriStability program protects Canadian producers against large declines in farming income for reasons such as production loss, increased costs and market conditions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Perspective, experience necessary conditions for Crown employment | Kyla Lee

As a criminal lawyer, one of things that I do in my efforts to defend my clients is to find out about them. I use the information about their circumstances to try to provide context to the alleged offence, help the Crown to understand the way in which a criminal conviction may adversely impact my client, and to persuade the Crown that seeking a conviction is not in the public interest. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency for two more weeks B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

B.C. has once again formally extended the provincial state of emergency put in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency, which was declared last March, is now extended until the end of the day on Feb. 2, which the government says will allow health and emergency management officials to continue to use their extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). ... [read more]