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Blumbergs’ COVID-19 FAQs for registered charities and non-profits

This COVID-19 FAQ, provided by Blumbergs, deals with common issues affecting Canadian registered charities and non-profit corporations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Keeping up with environmental obligations in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought upheaval across all industries and sectors of society. While this is no less true with respect to environmental matters, many environmental legal requirements remain in place and require continued compliance, despite challenges faced by companies in Canada. On the other hand, many court proceedings and municipal processes have been suspended. This article sets out some practical guidance on how to navigate both ends of this spectrum.

 

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COVID-19 impact: Business interruption insurance issues

It is clear that COVID-19 is creating an entirely new set of health, economic and social problems for everyone. Insurers must be responsible partners in the fight against COVID-19. It is important that their service levels to the public, particularly with respect to claims, remain as uninterrupted as possible.

 

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Consuming and creating digital media in the era of COVID-19: Copyright rules to remember

The recent increased activity in the consumption and creation of digital media because of social distancing makes it a prime time for a copyright law refresher.

 

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Website cookies in Canada: is consent required?

Website cookies are small files sent by websites to users’ computers, usually without knowledge or specific consent. Cookies can be used to personalize a website, remember users’ preferences, and retain products in electronic shopping carts. A bigger concern for regulators is that cookies can also be used to track online behaviour, activities and interests, and can be accessible by third parties.

 

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COVID-19 market impacts and the risk of opportunism

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a sledgehammer to stock markets, with the S&P/TSX 60 and S&P 500 each plunging approximately 20% during the first quarter of 2020. While boards and management must contend with a long list of pressing and unprecedented issues affecting business operations, they should also consider that the current drop in stock prices may fuel a wave of activism and opportunistic M&A activity once the immediate crisis subsides, and prepare accordingly.

 

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Protecting Canadian public companies from the potential class action fallout of COVID-19

One of the key metrics to determining how attractive a target a company is for class action lawyers is the length of the anticipated “class period” – i.e. the period between the date of the first misrepresentation and the date of the corrective disclosure.

 

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COVID 19 impact: Ontario issues emergency order prohibiting price gouging of necessary goods

On March 28, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an emergency order prohibiting retailers and individuals from charging unfair prices for necessary goods that Ontarians need to protect themselves from COVID-19. The necessary goods on the list include:

 

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Cyber insurance in the COVID-19 landscape

Cyber insurance provides protection and coverage for the security and privacy of digital information and losses resulting from data breaches.

 

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COVID-19: Updated consolidated briefing of federal/provincial measures

On March 20th, we provided you with a summary of the federal and provincial measures imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Bulletin, we provide an updated overview of the national action plan and select provincial measures, including the economic support measures imposed to date.

 

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If your Canadian charity has assets/reserve and you don’t have a reserve fund policy you should stop fundraising

CRA in its Fundraising Guidance explains the importance of having a reserve fund policy. By the way this is not “new”. The guidance has been around since 2012.

 

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COVID-19 and the law of frustration

Learn why you need to review your contracts and advocacy practices with Not-for-Profit PolicyPro

We are flying blind into this storm. The pandemic is certain to affect, and has already affected, all kinds of contractual relations. I think it possible, even probable, that COVID-19 will be held to be an “Act of God” and available to excuse performance of all kinds of contracts, contracts of employment and contracts of sale or supply.

 

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COVID-19: Managing material contracts in crisis

Whether engaging external help or undertaking the process in-house, the checklist below can help organizations prioritize their contractual relationships and identify practical steps to manage material contracts through this current crisis.

 

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COVID-19 – FSRA provides some regulatory relief

Ontario’s provincial pension plan regulator, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, recently published a communication detailing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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COVID-19 and force majeure: A word of caution

The insurgence of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing effect on the domestic and global economies has required companies to consider potential remedies should they, or their counterparties, not be able to perform under contracts. One potential remedy is force majeure.

 

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