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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. National Magazine 2. Global Workplace Insider 3. ABlawg.ca 4. Legal Post Blog 5. Risk Management & Crisis Response

National Magazine
No peaceable enjoyment

A Quebec Superior Court decision on rent reduction in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic could have repercussions across the country. In Hengyun International Investment Commerce Inc. c. 9368-7614 Québec inc., Justice Peter Kalichman ruled that the province’s orders to close commercial facilities, and gyms in particular – the business in question in this case – created a situation where the landlord was unable to provide “peaceable enjoyment” of the premises. The lease agreement also included a force majeure clause that was invalidated as a result. …

Global Workplace Insider
Management and foreign languages: Communication with the works council

Managers of international companies are often confronted with the problem of having to communicate with their employees and the works council in a foreign language that they do not fully master. This can easily lead to conflicts. In a recent decision in June, the Nuremberg Regional Labor Court (ref. 1 TaBV 33/19) has now clarified the scope. …

ABlawg.ca
The Cost of Justice for the Western Chorus Frog

This decision is a bit dated as it was issued back in January, but an English translation was only recently published and it caught my attention because I have been following the saga of the western chorus frog under the Species at Risk Act, SC 2002, c 29 (SARA) for several years (see Justice for the Western Chorus Frog? and More Justice for the Western Chorus Frog). …

Legal Post Blog
Back to work for some, but here’s what to do if you don’t get that call

August, dubbed by Sylvia Plath as that odd uneven time between summer and autumn, is odder still this year, given that for many employees it will be the end of an unprecedented couple of seasons that have left them, for the first time in their careers, at home on a forced long vacation. From museums to bars and convention centres, stage three of Ontario’s reopening is in full swing, as it is elsewhere. …

Risk Management & Crisis Response
IIROC and MFDA each offer proposals with competing visions for the future of SROs in Canada

Canada is one of the few major jurisdictions to utilize self-regulatory organizations (“SROs”) in its capital markets regulatory regime. Many argue that provincial-based securities regulation provides a welcoming platform for pan-Canada self-regulation. But in this era of burden reduction, is regulatory rationalization or consolidation inevitable if not desirable? …

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