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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Conflict brewing over whether business interruption insurance can cover pandemic-related losses Tony Vecchio, Slater Vecchio

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses to shut their doors or significantly scale back their operations, which for most has meant a loss of income. But a fight is beginning to emerge over whether those businesses will be able to receive coverage under their insurance policies to cover the losses they have endured since March. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Ontario set to ease COVID-19 restrictions in modified stage 2 areas, including Toronto

Ontario is loosening COVID-19 public health restrictions in the province’s so-called hot zones with the introduction of a multi-tiered system that will permit indoor dining and allow gyms to reopen under controlled conditions. The colour-coded COVID-19 response framework will move Peel Region, York Region and Ottawa into the Orange-Restrict classification effective Nov. 7 at 12:01 a.m., with Toronto following suit on Nov. 14, according to a Nov. 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 4:24 PM

Ottawa proposes more rent relief for businesses, organizations hit by second wave Chrystia_Freeland_sm

As part of its response to the second wave of COVID-19, Canada’s government is aiming to increase rent support for hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities, and it has launched online help for small businesses wanting to break into new international markets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Manitoba courts clamp down after COVID-19 alert issued for Winnipeg region

Two of Manitoba’s courts have enacted heightened health screening for visitors while another has reverted to remote hearings after a critical alert was issued for the Winnipeg area following a spike in COVID-19 numbers. As of Nov. 3, the provincial court and Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg enacted enhanced screening at courthouse entry points, while the Manitoba Court of Appeal returned to hearing matters via video and teleconference after a short period of resuming some in-person appearances. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

Quebec court applies Jordan ceilings in tax evasion case Sarah Gorguos

A Quebec man who was accused of tax evasion by provincial tax authorities won an important legal battle after the Court of Quebec applied the landmark Jordan ruling and ordered a stay of proceedings and charges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

COVID-19 gathering restrictions likely violate Charter, legal observers say Cara Zwibel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

As Canada deals with a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches and flu season ramps up, provincial governments have been taking steps that they contend will reduce exposure to the virus as a means of ensuring our hospitals will not be overwhelmed, such as restricting the number of people one can have in their home. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Lawyers hope long-term care legal actions will continue, despite pending Ontario legislation Pinta Maguire

Some class actions and lawsuits alleging negligence by Ontario long-term care facilities in the deaths of more than 2,000 residents and patients from COVID-19 could effectively be wiped out by legislation proposed by the Ontario government, says an expert on class actions. But two lawyers involved believe their legal actions could withstand the immunity law. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Ottawa to increase immigration for economic recovery Marco_Mendicino_sm

Canada’s government has tabled a plan to boost immigration levels over the next three years to counter a shortfall caused by travel restrictions thrown up due to COVID-19. On Oct. 30, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino tabled the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a strategy to boost Canada’s immigration targets in the name of economic recovery. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario family law event details recent innovations in service delivery LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly

The Law Society of Ontario’s Family Law Action Plan and initiatives by frontline family lawyers are making family law services more accessible than ever to ordinary litigants, says the society’s treasurer. Family lawyers and other attendees were treated to a whirlwind tour of some of those initiatives at an Oct. 28 virtual event during Ontario’s Access to Justice Week titled Family Justice System: Access to Justice and the Changing Landscape. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

Ford’s costume drama | Marcel Strigberger

This is as good a time as any to talk about strip clubs and Halloween.  ... [read more]