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Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 4:33 PM

Ontario specifies eased COVID-19 restrictions for most regions beginning Feb. 16

Ontario has announced the specific level of public health restrictions that 27 public health regions will enter starting Feb. 16 at 12:01 a.m., while reiterating that the lockdown and stay-at-home order will remain in place in Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and the North Bay Parry Sound district until at least Feb. 22. ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 10:25 AM

COVID coping: Random acts of kindness benefit you, your colleagues | Joan Rataic-Lang

Leo Buscaglia said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  ... [read more]

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 6:17 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Summary judgments - No triable issue - To dismiss action

Appeal by the plaintiff from the summary dismissal of his negligence action against the respondents and the dismissal of his cross-motion for summary judgment. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 2:59 PM

Why lawyers will determine who must get vaccinated | Emanuela Truffo

To get vaccinated or not get vaccinated, this is the question. Since the Enlightenment, western philosophy has been spinning around two principles — individual freedom and societal safeguards — sometimes diverging, sometimes converging, in a perpetual search for a balance between the two to make public and private life sustainable. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Stop making fun of lawyers, even when they are cats | Alistair Vigier

Over the past two days, since the “cat attorney” video went viral, the many videos of it collectively have over 13 million views. For those that haven’t seen it, here it is. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 8:31 AM

Is business travel to Canada still possible? Mask made from Canadian flag

The government of Canada has implemented temporary travel restrictions on foreign nationals travelling to Canada since March 20, 2020, unless the foreign nationals are exempted. The current travel restrictions prevent foreign nationals from travelling to Canada for optional or discretionary purposes, such as tourism, recreation and entertainment. Given this, foreign nationals can only travel to Canada if they are travelling for an essential purpose. This article will outline what business travellers should be aware of prior to their departure to Canada during the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Feds to invest billions in transit projects over eight years Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Canada’s government is investing almost $15 billion for new public transit projects as part of the aim to restart the country’s economy following widespread shutdowns due to COVID-19. But the lion’s share of that money will reportedly not be seen until 2026. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

IMPLIED DUTIES OF EMPLOYEE - Confidential information and privacy

Appeal by the defendants from a trial judgment finding them liable for breach of confidence. The respondent GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc. (GEA) was in the business of marketing and production of hygienic freezers. The individual appellants were former employees of GEA. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 3:28 PM

Lavery promotes five to partnership

Lavery Lawyers welcomed Dave Bouchard, Brittany Carson, Stéphanie Destrempes, Ali El Haskouri and Marie-Nancy Paquet to the partnership. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 3:07 PM

CRA simplifies home office expense deduction method for 2020 Man wearing mask sits at desk looking at phone and typing on calculator

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many Canadians are adapting to remote work. In an effort to recognize this large-scale change, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has temporarily altered and simplified the eligibility requirements for deducting home office expenses for employees working from home due to COVID-19 in 2020. Previously, CRA’s deductibility requirements for employees working from home were much more restrictive than the new temporary rules which will apply for the 2020 tax year. ... [read more]