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Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 4:05 PM

Ontario budget focuses on health care and business support for pandemic recovery

Ontario is promising billions in new spending to support businesses, improve health-care infrastructure and bolster the province’s pandemic-ravaged economy, but critics say the government’s 2021-22 budget falls short by failing to provide paid sick days and other provisions for those hit hardest by COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Exceptions to exceptional man in office with white hair and tie

Following the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Co. of Canada 2019 ONCA 512, notice periods are capped at 24 months. Or are they? If being 73 years old with 55 years cumulative service at the time of termination is not exceptional, what is? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

Intra-Company Transfer work permit: Business immigration despite travel restrictions Two hands shaking in front of Canadian flag

COVID-19 has impacted the immigration world in unprecedented ways; however, despite the evolving border and travel restrictions, there are still numerous options available for those wishing to come to Canada. These options may be available to those wishing to come to Canada temporarily, as well as those wishing to move to Canada on a permanent basis. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 9:49 AM

Canada, U.K. free trade negotiations not likely to be controversial, legal experts say Lawrence Herman, Herman & Associates

Ottawa has launched a process which could see Canada signing a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom, less than a year after Britain completed its painful divorce from the European Union. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 6:26 AM

LABOUR RELATIONS - Civil actions - When available - Employees - Public service

Appeal by the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces from the dismissal of its motion to dismiss the respondent’s action for want of jurisdiction. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Ghost of Ghomeshi past haunts Governor Cuomo | Laurelly Dale

As of March 12, three-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of seven instances of sexual harassment/inappropriate behaviour and one sexual assault allegation. President Joe Biden reserved judgment on whether Cuomo should resign, opting to wait for the results of the investigation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Future of commercial real estate Row of various business buildings

Across the commercial property sector, retail, among many others, continues to evolve through the Internet as it increasingly favours e-commerce as an alternative trading medium to brick and mortar shops. With a few notable exceptions, COVID-19 has catalyzed this process by extinguishing footfall and dragging the profits of non-essential retailers to all-time lows. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 12:49 PM

Women general counsel sitting on public boards going up: report Stacy McLean, Blakes

Women in-house counsel are dominating their male counterparts when it comes to sitting on the boards of public companies, but the number of females tapped to be chief legal officer continues to lag, according to a new report. Opportunities for Women General Counsel, released earlier in March by Canadian firm Blakes, looks at the state of women general counsel (GC) and their presence on public boards over the last several years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Ottawa extends deadline for emergency business support program Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has extended the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications until June 30. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business Minister Mary Ng announced the extension March 22. This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. ... [read more]