• Limitation Periods in Ontario Are Suspended: What Does This Mean?

    Blaney McMurtry LLP, Ontario, March 25, 2020 – On March 16, 2020, the Ontario government made the unprecedented decision to largely close the court system in Ontario in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, 2020, the Ontario government made a second unprecedented decision to suspend all limitation periods in Ontario retroactive to March 16, 2020. Likewise, the timelines for any steps...
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  • Force Majeure Clauses and the Doctrine of Frustration: Flattening the Liability Curve

    Cox & Palmer, Nova Scotia, March 25, 2020 – As both provincial and federal governments across Canada continue to impose restrictions on business and travel in an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19, parties to contracts, especially service or sale of goods contracts, may find it increasingly more challenging to complete their contractual obligations. In this context, it may be useful to review...
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  • Does COVID-19 Give Rise to a Force Majeure Event?

    SVR Lawyers, Alberta, March 25, 2020 – Following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 is a pandemic, governments and businesses have been desperately trying to figure out how to address the constantly changing business environment resulting from this virus. The rapid spread of the virus and the ensuing social distancing and self-isolation measures have had a massive impact...
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  • Landlord’s covenant to Insure: Insurance Clauses Revisited

    CBM LLP, Alberta, February 25, 2020 – In 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an Appeal out of Ontario involving a fire loss wherein the landlord’s insurer commenced a subrogated claim against a tenant notwithstanding that the lease agreement contained a covenant to Insure by the landlord. In Royal Host GP Inc. v. 1842259 Ontario Ltd., 2018 ONCA 467,...
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