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Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

Rent arrears during COVID-19: What landlords, tenants ought to know Moneyforkeys

The impact on renters and landlords of the COVID-19 crisis is complex; there are many issues and clearly, the sector needs assistance. In the end, more funding for renters is going to be needed to avoid large scale evictions which will impact other areas of the economy. Large scale evictions will serve no one and will only make a bad situation worse. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

Planning Act problems with parking lots, leases, licences Parkinglot

Long-term property values can fluctuate wildly. In times of economic recession (which is becoming more and more of a current concern with COVID-19), it is not uncommon to see an influx of applications brought forward by both landlords and tenants alike to strike down leases as property values decline. Strategically, the reason for this is simple: when the lease becomes more of a burden than a benefit to the applicant due to an economic downturn, any reason will suffice to have it declared invalid in order to free oneself of its obligations. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

TERMS - Express terms - Exclusion clauses

Appeal by the plaintiffs from a summary trial decision upholding a contractual limitation of liability clause in favour of the defendants. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

PROCEEDINGS - Appeals and judicial review - Orders

Appeal by Andrew from a summary judgment granting a writ of possession in favour of the respondents, Erna, Miroslaw and Audrey. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Tenant-landlord tango: Implications of COVID-19 on residential rent arrears Moneyforkeys

The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on the economy as we all deal with the new reality of social distancing, closing of non-essential businesses and massive unemployment. The hope is that, once we are able to restart the economy, things will return to normal fairly quickly. The reality is that, even with a robust plan, there are likely going to be many hiccups as we get back on track. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

League of heroes, revisited | Marcel Strigberger

“Love levels all ranks” uttered Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He made that remark while courting the daughter of the good ship’s captain, whose station in British society was way south of his own. Given the current COVID-19 situation, I will say a good pandemic levels all ranks. We have new heroes on the block. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Small and mid-sized businesses hard hit by COVID-19 offered rent reduction program Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says COVID-19-affected small and medium-sized businesses will benefit from a new program expected to be up and running in mid-May that will give them access to rent reductions of 75 per cent for April, May and June. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

Cross-border death: An administrative nightmare for survivors Man in front of maze

Moving a trust across the Canada-U.S. border can be complicated. In 2003 Tom and his wife Rose settled their living trust. They were U.S. resident-citizens, and initial beneficiaries and trustees of the trust. Both passed away within months of each other in 2017. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The Charter, freedom and a drugstore | Brian Bird and Derek Ross

Last Friday, April 17, was the 38th birthday of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter’s adoption in 1982 was a transformative moment for Canada. In that regard, another important anniversary occurs Friday April 24 — the 35th birthday of R v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 S.C.R. 295 the first decision of the court to interpret one of the Charter’s “fundamental freedoms.” ... [read more]