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Comply with lobbying and other political advocacy laws

Charities and other not-for-profits involved in lobbying and other political advocacy must comply with evolving laws governing these activities. Even amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the landscape continues to shift.

 

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CSA Answers questions about 45-day filing extensions

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting issuers in Canada have been granted temporary exemptions (Temporary Relief) from certain regulatory filings by way of local blanket orders (Blanket Orders) substantively harmonized across Canada.

 

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ISS and Glass Lewis provide guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Each of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis recently published their insights on the impact that COVID-19 will have on corporate governance and provided guidance on what effect the pandemic may have on the application of some of their voting policies for the upcoming 2020 proxy season. Many of the global policy statements in these publications have relevance and implications for Canadian issuers, which we have summarized below.

 

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COVID-19 issues: Frustration, subject-to clauses and contracts of purchase and sale

COVID-19 has resulted in a number of issues which put the performance of purchase contracts for real property at risk. Some of the more obvious concerns include reduced cashflows, layoffs, economic slow down, dropping housing prices and general inability to conduct business in ordinary fashion.

 

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UPDATE: Competition compliance during the COVID-19 crisis: Price-gouging, deceptive marketing and collusion

In a policy statement on April 8, 2020, the Commissioner of Competition acknowledged the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis and advised businesses that the Bureau would be unlikely to challenge good faith efforts at competitor collaboration that were aimed at responding to the crisis and meeting the essential needs of Canadians.

 

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Board oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic: A checklist for directors

The global COVID-19 pandemic and its rapid evolution has placed enormous pressure on organizations as they seek to adapt to the situation and communicate their response. It is crucial that boards and management collaborate to find the best way forward for the organization.

 

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Corona Virus/COVID-19 charity issues – cancelling events, refunds and the possibility of a charitable donation

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting charities in numerous ways. In this short note, we will discuss cancelling events and refunding money or attempting to turn that into a potential charitable donation. We have received a number of inquiries from clients about how to do this and here are some tentative thoughts.

 

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Alberta government announces relief for energy industry

Alberta oil and gas producers, who are dealing with both historically low commodity prices and the COVID-19 crisis, received some relief from the Alberta government over the last several weeks as the Government announced several measures designed to reduce and defer producers’ costs and ease the administrative burden on producers.

 

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COVID-19 impact: OSFI capital and regulatory reporting update

In light of the operational and financial impact of COVID-19 on federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs), the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced new measures on April 9, 2020 relating to capital adequacy requirements and reporting requirements.

 

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Transfer pricing & APA considerations during an economic disruption

At times like this, when health and safety are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, tax planning, including transfer pricing, understandably, is generally put aside. However, in light of the potential economic downturn arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be prudent for Canadian companies to consider transfer pricing matters at this time.

 

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Canadian tax – The new 75% wage subsidy

On April 11, 2020, the legislation implementing the Federal Government’s new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) was enacted. The CEWS is a $73 billion subsidy intended to support the well-being of workers, maintain employment relationships and reduce claims on the employment insurance regime.

 

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Competition compliance during the COVID-19 crisis: Price-gouging, deceptive marketing and collusion

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in obtaining access to financing, maintaining their supply chains, serving their customers and keeping their employees healthy and safe. But as businesses struggle to maintain their normal business operations, they need to remain vigilant to ensure compliance with Canada’s competition and consumer protection laws.

 

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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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