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Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Canadian businesses asking questions about force majeure in light of COVID-19 Preet_Bell

Forced to navigate the daunting challenges wreaked by the precipitous outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian businesses are beginning to consider whether to invoke force majeure clauses and the common law doctrine of frustration to assuage the impact of the crisis on their business, according to corporate lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

‘It is not business as usual,’ LSO treasurer says as Canadian law societies react to COVID-19 Malcolm_Mercer_sm

As Canada continues to increase strict measures to deal with COVID-19, law societies across the country are enabling staff to work from home, while providing direction to legal professionals as they try to maintain practices during a time of social distancing. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Placing maximum on human rights awards inadequate for most serious violations: lawyer David_Newman_wide_sm

Manitoba’s plan to cap the amount of money its Human Rights Commission can award to complainants will shut the door on adequately righting serious wrongs and fail to “educate and deter” powerful perpetrators, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 5:44 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 6:34 PM

Ottawa pledges billions in COVID-19 economic relief; ‘non-essential’ travel to and from U.S. to be barred Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced billions in proposed measures to be rolled out soon as part of the first phase of the government of Canada’s “COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.” The economic measures the prime minister announced March 18 include up to $27.4 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. This is in addition to $55 billion in tax deferral until September 2020 for individual and corporate taxpayers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Alberta, B.C. declare public health emergencies

Both Alberta and British Columbia have declared a public health emergency in face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All Albertans should take immediate action and follow all recommended public health measures,” he said. “Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 10:43 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Immigration bar seeks clarification as Canada tightens border controls on foreign nationals Ravi Jain

With Canada deciding to tighten its border controls for the second time this week, the immigration bar is asking Ottawa for some clarification of the federal government’s new COVID-19 travel restrictions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

New B.C. program offers free legal advice, information for victims of workplace sexual harassment Jennifer Khor, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Since the emergence of the #MeToo movement in recent years people all around the world have become more attuned with the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, and a new program in British Columbia has been set up to provide free legal advice, education and information for those in need of support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

B.C.’s real estate speculation tax fought in human rights tribunal, courts

British Columbia introduced its real estate speculation and vacancy tax in 2018 to great fanfare, but now it is facing fights on two fronts as it faces challenges before the courts and the provincial human rights tribunal. The tax was brought in as a means of cooling B.C.’s hot real estate market, which has left buying a home an unattainable goal for many in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Administrative segregation decision ‘tremendous vindication’ of Charter rights, lawyer says Michael_Rosenberg_sm_NEW

The Ontario Court of Appeal has, once again, released a decision condemning Canada’s use of prolonged administrative segregation, while providing direction for damages owed in class actions brought by federal penitentiary inmates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Canada announces new border controls for foreign air travellers Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of border measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including banning, as of noon EDT March 18, air travel into Canada of foreign nationals, excepting Americans, Canadian permanent residents, travellers transiting Canada to a third country, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats and aircrews. ... [read more]