Old House or Provincial Landmark? Designating Heritage Properties in Nova...

Heritage Properties are structures or areas of land that have historical, cultural, social, or spiritual importance to a community. A building or parcel of land can be “designated” a heritage property, meaning it is registered in a database of other properties with community value, and the property becomes subject to that province’s heritage property legislation.

Caveat Creditor: When CRA Deemed Trusts Outrank a Mortgage

It has been said that nothing in this world is certain, other than death and taxes. Whether any given tax is ‘certain’ can be debated (our tax team is here to help), but the Federal Court of Appeal has weighed in on the priority of certain tax claims in Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Canada, 2020 FCA […]

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Atlantic Canada – A Summary for...

This article was revised to include the most recent provincial travel updates as of May 28th, 2020. While the term “unprecedented” is being used frequently in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that have been taken in response to it, one context where the word can legitimately be applied is the restrictions […]

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 Response – Information for Businesses

This article was revised to include updates as of May 22, 2020 On March 18, 2020, the Minister of Health and Community Services for Newfoundland and Labrador declared a Public Health Emergency under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. This declaration continues in effect; along with the accompanying Orders under the Act, and has […]

FAQ: New Brunswick’s COVID-19 State of Emergency and Mandatory Order

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that every New Brunswicker should know On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act and issued a mandatory order in response to the threat posed by COVID-19 to public health and safety. As with similar measures taken by other provinces and […]

Nova Scotia – Legal Implications of the COVID-19 Emergency

Summary of rules for Nova Scotians, businesses and institutions under the Heath Protection Act and the Emergency Management Act, updated as of May 1.

Tendering and COVID-19: bidders beware (or at least be aware)

Amid the messages of complex and difficult times it should be no surprise that a traditionally challenging topic – procurement – would be even more complex these days. The attention needed to sustain the health of any business is even greater as we struggle to “flatten the curve” through self-isolation. But industry dare not stop […]

Transfers and Non-Canadian Ownership of Atlantic Canadian Fishing Licences

Commercial fishing is a vital piece of the Atlantic Canadian economy and is highly regulated to ensure that the fisheries remain a sustainable Canadian resource. Federal regulations include restrictions on transferring licences, foreign ownership and corporate changes of control.

Employee Refusals to Work:  Employer Rights and Obligations under OHS...

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, and statistics flooding news and social media either are, or may be, contributing to health and safety concerns and apprehension on the part of employees of open and operating workplaces.  For businesses whose operations have continued, ensuring that employees continue to show up for work is critical, […]

How do borrowers and lenders manage during an economic downturn?

COVID-19’s impacts on our lives now include massive intrusions into the arrangements between borrowers and lenders. Customers have disappeared. Revenues have disappeared. But financial obligations remain. How can borrowers and lenders work together in these uncertain times to make the best of a bad situation?