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Competition compliance risks during the COVID-19 crisis: Increased scrutiny of price-gouging and business collaboration

April 18, 2020

Burtley G. Francis and David Slipp During this unprecedented period of social isolation and economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are rapidly re-structuring their operations and adjusting their practices in order to comply with federal and provincial health and safety directives. However, it is important for businesses (particularly, manufacturers, suppliers, and retail…

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Think: Roadmap to recovery

April 17, 2020

Rebecca Saturley COVID-19 hit us all like a proverbial freight train. In a short period of time we all went from business as usual to the new normal. From social distancing to mass lay-offs to essential businesses figuring out how to stay open, COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives. The past few weeks…

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Government passes COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2

April 13, 2020

(Updated) Peter McLellan, QC and Katharine Mack In a display of bi-partisanship, on Saturday, April 11 Parliament unanimously passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 and it received Royal Assent. In addition to other measures, the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) is now law. The legislation provides significant assistance to eligible Canadian employers during…

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Important updates announced to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program

April 9, 2020

Richard Jordan On April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada provided employers with further information about – and revisions to – the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. Last week, the Government of Canada announced: CEWS provides all employers, who see a 30% or more decline in gross revenues since the same time last year,…

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The Government of PEI’s COVID-19 business adaptation advice program

April 8, 2020

The current COVID-19 outbreak presents considerable challenges for all businesses, large and small alike. In recognition of these challenges, the Government of PEI has developed the COVID-19 Business Adaptation Program (the “Program”). The program applies to all PEI businesses who have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19, and functions by providing a non-repayable contribution…

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Business interruption insurance: recent decision may impact whether COVID-19 disruptions are covered

April 8, 2020

Colin D. Piercey, Joe Thorne and Sam Ward On March 25, 2020, we published an update setting out considerations for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, whether business interruption may respond to these types of losses, and what questions a business should ask when considering whether to make a business interruption claim with…

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Closing Folders: Supporting business continuity during COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Sadira Jan and James Gamblin Our Firm is currently using a program called Closing Folders that is designed to streamline transaction processes and provide better service to clients. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, Closing Folders is a powerful tool that supports business continuity by helping your transaction go “paperless”. It allows our firm…

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In-depth: economic response measures to COVID-19

April 6, 2020

*Last updated: April 9, 2020 Maurice Chiasson, QC , Sara Scott, P. Eng, Madeleine Coats and Justin Song (송진원) The provincial and federal governments are working in tandem to provide support to businesses during the outbreak of COVID-19, and all of the economic stress related thereto. Both have been rolling out updates on a daily…

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Estate planning during a pandemic: innovative practices for a challenging time

April 3, 2020

Richard Niedermayer, TEP The current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting declarations of states of emergency, public health orders and national guidelines on travel, business openings, self-isolation and social distancing have affected everyone in Canada and around the world. As many people are at home contemplating the global effects of COVID-19, their thoughts are also turning…

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Newfoundland and Labrador passes law to allow variation of limitation periods and statutory timelines during COVID-19 pandemic

April 2, 2020

Joe Thorne On March 26, 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Act received Royal Assent. Among other things, that statute brought into force the Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act (the “Act”).1 The Act addresses concerns in Newfoundland and Labrador regarding expiry of limitation periods and other statutory deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic response. In particular,…

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