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“COVID-19 Period” Extended Again Under the ESA

Shreya Patel In response to the ongoing pandemic, on May 29, 2021, the Ontario government passed a new Regulation that again extends the timeline when temporary la...
Jun 8, 2021
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Potential Franchisors Beware: The Powerful Statutory Rescission Remedy

Matt Maurer and Emily Dubis As a result of the existence of Ontario’s franchise legislation (the concisely named Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (the “Act”)), fra...
Jun 7, 2021
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The Advancing Oversight and Planning Ontario’s Health System Act, 2021; The Proposed Regulation of Personal Support Workers, Physician Assistants and Behaviour Analysts

Lindsay Kantor Every day, thousands of Ontarians receive vital care from unregulated health care providers including personal support workers (“PSWs”), physician ass...
May 10, 2021
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The 2021 Federal Budget: Impact on the Charitable and Non-Profit Sector

Linda J. Godel and Lauren Crosby On April 19, 2021, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2021 Federal Budget (Budget 2021), which is the first Federal Budget introduced since...
Apr 23, 2021
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Federal Budget 2021: A Summary of Key Measures Affecting Businesses

Ted Citrome and Kay Leung On April 19, 2021, the Government of Canada released its first budget since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (“Budget 2021”). Overall, this pre-ele...
Apr 20, 2021
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The Amazon Union Organizing Drive – What Canadian Employers Can Learn

Thomas A. Stefanik Everyone has heard of Amazon. It is the second largest private sector employer in the United States, and has built up a considerable presence in Canad...
Apr 20, 2021
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Proposed Amendments to the Subdivision Control Provisions of the Planning Act Introduced in Ontario’s New Red Tape Bill - Finally

Sidney H. Troister, LSM Real estate lawyers across Ontario and the public will be pleased that, on April 15, 2021, the Ontario Government introduced in its new Red Tape Bill ...
Apr 15, 2021
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Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch: Taking Deposits Under the Arthur Wishart Act

Matt Maurer and Taryn Meyer While established franchisors often have years of franchise fees, royalty payments and advertising fund contributions to fund their ongoing operations...
Feb 8, 2021
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Canadian Construction Contracts: Welcome To The New CCDC 2 (2020)

Kayla Kwinter and Ryan Hauk After twelve years with the CCDC 2 (2008) Stipulated Price Contract, the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has now released the new CCD...
Feb 4, 2021
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Meeting Updates for Not-for-Profit Corporations

Linda J. Godel and Lauren Crosby Since March of 2020, not-for-profit corporations ("NFP") have faced challenges in holding their annual general meetings ("AGM"), special members’ meet...
Jan 19, 2021
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United States Federal Cannabis Reform on the Horizon

Andrew J. Wilder and Vlad Mihaescu Cannabis reform in the United States is poised to progress as the Democrats now control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the presidency. ...
Jan 7, 2021
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Increased Web Page Accessibility Requirements for Private and Non-Profit Organizations in Ontario Come into Effect in 2021 and AODA Accessibility Report Due Date Extended

Shreya Patel and Cameron McMaster The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is a legislation designed to ensure that businesses, spaces and workplaces are mo...
Dec 1, 2020
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CSA Publishes Proposed Amendments on Offering Memorandum Disclosure Requirements for Real Estate Activities

James Leech On September 17, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published proposed amendments (“Proposed Amendments”) to National Instrument 45-...
Nov 20, 2020
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Proposed Privacy Bill Introduces Fines and New Requirements for Private Organizations

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Cameron McMaster The Canadian Government’s long awaited overhaul of existing federal private sector privacy legislation finally arrived on November 17, 2020 with the f...
Nov 19, 2020
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Composition of the U.S. Congress and Cannabis Reform

Andrew J. Wilder and Vlad Mihaescu On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the U.S. election was decided and, subject to President Trump’s legal challenges to the election, former Vice President...
Nov 10, 2020
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U.S. Election and Legalization of Cannabis in Various States

Andrew J. Wilder and Vlad Mihaescu Yesterday the United States presidential election took place, however the final results have not yet been determined and at this point a winner is sti...
Nov 4, 2020
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Cannabis and the U.S. Election

Andrew J. Wilder and Vlad Mihaescu With the United States presidential election just days away, American voters are also deciding on the potential future of the legal cannabis industry....
Oct 30, 2020
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If Employees Work Overtime, Employers Must Pay Despite Overtime Policies

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel In a recent class action proceeding which affected 31,000 CIBC customer service employees across Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has rul...
Oct 22, 2020
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Dental Hygienists in Ontario Can Now Legally Treat Their Spouses

Lindsay Kantor As of October 8, 2020, dental hygienists in Ontario can legally treat their spouses as defined by law.
Oct 9, 2020
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Updates of Interest to Ontario Not-for-Profits and Canadian Registered Charities

Linda J. Godel and Lauren Crosby In the past few weeks, there have been several regulatory developments that impact Ontario not-for-profit corporations (NFPs) and Canadian registered ...
Oct 9, 2020
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Temporary Wage Enhancements for PSWs and Direct Support Workers and Increase to Minimum Wage in Ontario

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel On October 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be providing a temporary wage increase for personal support workers (PSWs) and d...
Oct 2, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: Screening of Employees in Ontario Workplaces now Mandatory

Gillian Howe On September 25, 2020, the Ontario Government amended Ontario Regulation 364/20 “Rules For Areas In Stage 3” under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible R...
Sep 29, 2020
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Ontario Government Extends Lay-Off Periods and Provides Further Temporary Relief Under the ESA

Daniel Pugen and Shreya Patel With the stated goal of protecting jobs and businesses, the Ontario government has extended the timeline for when temporary lay-offs are deemed perman...
Sep 11, 2020
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Mediating Failed Real Estate Transaction Disputes

Sidney H. Troister, LSM It is not uncommon that buyers or sellers look for ways of getting out of real estate deals. In fact, many mediations involve just that, more often th...
Aug 27, 2020
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