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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Doing business with Latin America: What in-house counsel should know latin_america_flags_sm

I have acted as legal counsel and business adviser for numerous transactions and projects in Latin America and the Caribbean and have been privileged to represent companies expanding their operations in this region. Throughout my practice, I have consistently kept the same thought: Latin America is a land of opportunities. And today, more than ever, it is a fertile place for Canadian business. Will the north winds continue to carry the Canadian maple leaf to the south? ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 9:19 AM

COVID-19 leads Alberta to suspend environmental reporting requirements Shaun Fluker, University of Calgary

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta government has moved to suspend a number of environmental reporting requirements, but a legal expert is saying that, although businesses will still be required to maintain their records, it could mean that people in the province will not know whether standards are being complied with. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 2:09 PM

Indigenous law should be heeded to prevent future pandemics | Angelique EagleWoman

As the world responds to COVID-19, it becomes clear that Indigenous law and wisdom should be heeded to prevent future pandemics. In a recent article, “Destroyed Habitat Creates the Perfect Conditions for Coronavirus to Emerge” by John Vidal, the author explains how unsustainable economic development projects have destroyed habitats leading to the potential for transmission of viruses from wildlife to humans. As animals, birds and all creatures of nature are becoming more stressed due to human encroachment, they may express that stress into the air, such as when a human has a cold sore that opens into the air. This may then allow viruses to spread between wildlife and humans.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Lawyers must remain essential service as long as reasonably possible | Arthur Zeilikman

It would be a serious undertaking to tally all of the clichés and negative stereotypes that exist about lawyers and their seeming dispensability within society. Shakespeare’s oft-quoted line from Henry VI — "The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” — usually comes to mind as the most infamous and callous of such satirical jabs. Whatever the true intent behind the incitement, one thing is clear: the question of a lawyer’s utility always makes for a lively conversation.     ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

COVID-19: Foreign worker safety rules immigrant_workers_sm

The Canadian government has released guidelines for employers of temporary foreign workers, acknowledging that such employers play an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Mining association says federal wage subsidy could ‘help prevent further layoffs’

The March 30 announcement by the federal government extending the wage subsidy to include businesses of all sizes, is a critical component of a package of reforms designed to help businesses keep workers employed as the economy transitions through the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Access to Justice: Justice in the time of social distancing | Beverley McLachlin

The COVID-19 virus has changed our world. It is unprecedented, impacting every aspect of our daily lives, keeping us apart from each other and shutting down most of our conventional ways of interacting in society, save for essential services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

The Northwest Passage: Shaping our way forward, together MapofArctic

Canada’s status as an Arctic nation is made stronger by Inuit use and occupancy of Arctic lands and waters for thousands of years. The success of both Canada’s legal argument to rights over the Northwest Passage and Arctic shipping policy more generally will ultimately depend on the extent to which Canada allows meaningful participation and partnership with Inuit. ... [read more]