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More than half of Canadians have experienced a cyber crime: new policy group

July 10, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A new policy group estimates more than half of all Canadians know they’ve been a victim or target of a cyber crime, such as a leak of personal information, an account hack or installation of malware. The report

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Commercial clients want your advice on how to re-open safely. What do you tell them?

July 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

As provincial governments across Canada begin to fire up their local economies in staged phases, Canadian businesses are asking their brokerages for advice on how to re-open safely. Aon Canada is already engaged in these sorts of their discussions with

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Ontario premier’s stance on liability protection from pandemic

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is not clear yet whether the Ontario government will grant any protection for liability arising from COVID-19, but the province will not protect “bad actors” in the long-term care or nursing home sector, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford

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Bar owners that offer rare wine and spirits carve takeout business model

July 8, 2020 Salmaan Farooqui -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Bar and restaurant owners who deal in specialty alcohol say they’ve carved out a new business model around Ontario’s relaxed rules for takeout liquor, and they’ll fight to make the system permanent. In late March, the Ontario government

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Brokers who did these things fared better in the pandemic

July 3, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers who were nimble, ready to change with the times, and acted pro-actively when COVID-19 first emerged as a threat are the ones faring the best three months later, one broker leader says. Those who didn’t are struggling. “Those brokers

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What to consider when using electronic waivers of liability

June 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Waivers of liability do not necessarily have to be in paper form, but they are not a substitute for having a good risk management program in place, says one lawyer who has defended waivers in court. The question of whether

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Return Migration

June 29, 2020 David Gambrill, Editor in Chief

Throughout Canada, provinces are starting a phased re-opening of the economy (albeit some regions are in more advanced stages than others). Doron Melnick, partner in KPMG’s
people and change advisory services practice, is advising businesses on how to return to the office while the global novel coronavirus remains a threat.

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What the court said about parents’ liability when hosting teen drinking parties

June 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Parents hosting a house party in which minors are drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana must be reasonable — but not perfect — when protecting teens against “foreseeable” risks, a B.C. court ruled in a recent social host liability case. The

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Why waivers won’t necessarily protect clients from COVID-19 liability

June 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Waivers of liability for disease transmission might protect commercial clients from lawsuits, but the industry will not know for sure until one is tested in an appeal court, a litigation defence lawyer suggests. A waiver will not, on its own,

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Health experts urge caution as big business demands loosening of travel rules

June 19, 2020 Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health experts are urging caution after business leaders called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers to ease air travel restrictions. Paul Pottinger, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, says big business should

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Ontario to introduce commercial eviction ban bill, retroactive to May 1

June 18, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is introducing legislation today to temporarily ban commercial evictions. The government says it will protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. It would be retroactive

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Frustration grows with no apparent end in sight for Canada U.S. border ban

June 15, 2020 James McCarten - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WASHINGTON – The intertwined economies of Canada and the United States demand a more sophisticated solution to the threat of COVID-19 than a simple ban on non-essential travel, say business groups chafing at the prospect of another six weeks of