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Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Radioactive waste regulation at crossroads in Canada Nuclear Waste Cans

Canada has a very large amount of radioactive waste arising from decades of involvement in development and utilization of nuclear power, contribution to global weapons technology and mining and refining of uranium and nuclear fuel. This waste is in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Many of the sites have yet to be decommissioned or cleaned up, and much of the waste is awaiting decisions as to how it will be managed in the future. As noted by officials and scientists at a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) meeting in mid-June, a significant amount of this waste will remain highly toxic to living things for up to a million years. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

New associate joins Wood Bull LLP

Wood Bull LLP announced that Monica Poremba has joined the Toronto firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Remote hearings, examination of witnesses: Practicalities online_courtroom_sm

Because of the current pandemic crisis, it appears from the emerging case law that remote hearings are deemed acceptable notwithstanding the various concerns. What then are best practices to ensure that ethical standards are met in remote hearings and examinations? We continue the list that we began in our first article in this series: ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 3:29 PM

Coverage under builders’ risk policies for COVID-19 issues Home under construction

In this two-part series, we consider coverage for COVID-19-related losses under a builders’ risk policy in the event of construction site shutdown or suspensions, resulting impact costs and delay of completion. In the first instalment of this series, we set out what is typically covered by a builders’ risk policy. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

If I could talk to the animals, I’d tell them why I love Lucy | Marcel Strigberger

I came across an interesting article by B.C. lawyer Victoria Shroff who practises and teaches animal law. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:08 PM

Concerns for snowbirds during COVID-19: Immigration U.S. dollar with mask

For most snowbirds, the border closures, executive proclamations, contradictory new stories and rarely decipherable guidance from government agencies have created a fair amount of confusion. Who may travel? What happens if you are stuck in the U.S. as a visitor? ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Federal government extending small business rent relief program

Canada’s government has extended its rent relief program for small businesses by a month. On June 30, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended to cover July. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

Encourage compromise when selling home occupied by tenant Landlordtwotenants

Over the years I have had an equal number of complaints from landlords and tenants as to whether the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is fair to both landlords and tenants. Landlords complain about professional tenants who do not pay rent and then use the system to delay evictions, while tenants complain about landlords who do not properly maintain their units and then later try to use the system to try to evict them by illegal means in order to either sell the property or substantially increase the rent on a new tenant. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

Canadian artists need better access to legal services: report Martha Rans

The legal requirements of artists in Canada have now reached a critical tipping point heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Action is required to address gaps, respond to the unique needs of the sector and provide information and training, according to a new report prepared by the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Tips for safe, legal videoconferencing Maskwearingcomputeruser.jpg

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we now have no better alternative to videoconferencing. It has essentially become the new default for meetings, but this has brought about a very serious question as to whether Zoom or other videoconferences are safe for lawyers, doctors, government organizations and others to use.  ... [read more]