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Business interruption and COVID-19: A UK perspective

January 25, 2021

Daniel MacKenzie and James Galsworthy On January 15, 2021, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a decision which is likely to be viewed as good news for policy holders who have endured business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the widening denial of business interruption claims under the standard wording…

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Bringing Corporate Governance Online: Can Atlantic Canadian private issuers leverage tech solutions while complying with provincial corporate statutes? Part 2: Electronically-signed share certificates

June 22, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford, Mike Carver, Matthew Craig, Kimberly MacLachlan and Christine Pound Part 2: Electronically-Signed Share Certificates The COVID-19 crisis, and federal, provincial and local government directives for individuals to continue complying with social distancing policies even as measures are gradually relaxing, have forced businesses to re-think traditional corporate governance practices. Questions arise as to whether…

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Proposed extension of time limits under various legislation may create significant disruption to foreign investments

May 29, 2020

Burtley Francis Recently, the Government published for public comment draft legislation referred to as the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19). The underlying purpose of the draft legislation, which was published on May 20, is to allow various timelines and other review periods under certain existing statutes to be extended or suspended up to…

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Nova Scotia announces plan to re-open economy, new funding

May 27, 2020

Mark Tector and Katharine Mack The province of Nova Scotia announced today that most sectors of the economy may begin to reopen. Provincial grant funding was also announced to help businesses open safely, as well as new infrastructure spending. Re-opening plan Effective June 5, most businesses that were required to close under the Public Health Order…

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The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program: COVID-19 economic response

May 21, 2020

Brian Tabor, QC, Ryan Baker, and Madeleine Coats On April 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the beginning of a new piece to the COVID-19 federal economic response package – this time, in the form of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program (CECRA). Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the government would offer…

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More return to work

May 1, 2020

Brian Johnston, QC and Brittany Trafford Governments and employers are strategizing ways to open economies, businesses and services following unprecedented closures around the world.1 In Canada, each Province is taking its own approach and various timelines will apply. For example, while Ontario has not set dates for its plan in the Framework for Reopening our…

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Bringing corporate governance online: can Atlantic Canadian private issuers leverage tech solutions within the existing statutory framework? Part 1: Virtual shareholders’ meetings

May 1, 2020

Stephanie Stapleford, Andrew Burke, Mike Carver, Matthew Craig and Divya Subramanian Part 1: Virtual shareholders’ meetings The escalating COVID-19 crisis, and federal, provincial and local governments’ directives for individuals to comply with social distancing policies, are forcing businesses to re-think traditional corporate governance practices. Questions arise as to whether the applicable business corporations statutes—many of…

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Enhanced scrutiny of foreign investments during COVID-19

April 24, 2020

Burtley Francis In a statement issued on April 18, 20201, the federal government (through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) signalled that certain foreign investments into Canada will now face enhanced scrutiny under the Investment Canada Act as Canada continues to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19. The enhanced scrutiny comes as the national health…

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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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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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