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Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Asset sale without formal procedure: Greenfire Oil & Gas insolvency part one Stock market arrow crashing down

In Canadian insolvency proceedings, the balancing of competing interests is an ever-present part of the process. Not all stakeholders will be content with every decision of a debtor company or its advisers. In a situation whether the insolvent debtor cannot, by definition, satisfy all of its creditors’ claims, and time is the enemy of all, there can be opportunity for creative solutions even despite the objection of substantially all affected parties. You can please some parties sometimes, but you cannot please all of the parties all of the time. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

How to break an impasse in a commercial mediation Two men arm-wrestling over money

There is often a considerable sense of frustration and sometimes bitterness after an apparently productive mediation fails to cement a settlement by the end of the mediation day or days. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:36 PM

Your client’s web domains: Why more than estate lawyers should care Shopping basked full of web domains

Digital assets and our clients’ digital lives have become a mainstream topic, made so unwittingly by the pandemic. We’ve learned that our clients’ use of digital assets and the Internet plays havoc on estate planning and estate administration. First, as a new asset class within our clients’ personal lives, second, the fiduciary’s paper trail is now digital, and third because our clients’ digital lives are intertwined with their physical lives. And this only considers how our clients’ circumstances have become digitized day to day. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Ontario ramping up COVID-19 workplace safety inspections

Ontario has hired more than 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors to enforce COVID-19 regulations at workplaces. “With a new total of more than 500 inspectors, our government is building the largest team of inspectors in Ontario’s history to educate business owners, enforce public health measures and keep workplaces safe now, and for many years to come,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton said in a March 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Ottawa announces extension of wage support, rent subsidy programs

Workers and business owners in Canada have a little more breathing room now that Ottawa has announced plans to extend three pandemic-related subsidies. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said March 3 that the government was extending the rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Lockdown Support from March 14 to June 5, 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Biden’s immigration bill: What it says, where it stands Open door in a U.S. flag

President Joe Biden’s sweeping immigration bill — known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 — was formally introduced in the House on Feb. 18, 2021, by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and in the Senate on Feb. 22, 2021, by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The legislation calls for broad immigration reform, including an eight-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, an increase in the number of available visas and greater protections for participants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as “Dreamers.” According to White House officials, the expansive bill was designed to “[establish] a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, keep our families and communities safe, and better manage migration across the Hemisphere.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 1:33 PM

COVID lockdown enforcement: The cost of not doing business Closed due to COVID-19 sign

Adamson Barbeque chain owner Adam Skelly is an anti-lockdown folk hero. Alternatively known as BBQAnon, Limp Brisket — or as I call him, BBQ Dude Bro — Skelly portrays himself as the quintessential everyman, routinely sporting a backwards baseball hat, plaid and a scruffy beard. The Toronto-area restaurateur is carefully crafting his brand as a champion of small businessowners amid the pandemic.    ... [read more]