9 April 2020

Important Family Law deadlines to know: Parts 1 and 2

Donna Yamazaki

Due to COVID-19, limitation periods for commencing a family law action, proceeding, claim or appeal in B.C. are temporarily suspended, however, it is still important to be aware of key dates after which your rights to make a claim may expire, including for spousal support and property claims, CPP, and in some cases child support.…

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2 April 2020

COVID-19 and parenting time: Making it work

Laurence S. Klass

Managing parenting time schedules during a pandemic is an issue that has come to the fore, and parents are quite rightly asking what they should be doing to maximize safety while each still getting the appropriate amount of time with their children. The BC Health Minister Bonnie Henry was recently asked how COVID 19 would…

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30 March 2020

Temporary Immigration Status in Canada during COVID-19

Watson Goepel LLP

The current COVID-19 special measures and closures are creating challenges for individuals and families with Temporary Immigration Status in Canada. Many individuals are encountering difficulties when attempting to access the special programs and policies the Government of Canada has put in place to assist affected individuals. If you wish to remain in Canada and continue…

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27 March 2020

COVID-19 and the BC construction industry: Builders liens

Ryan R. Lee

On March 23 the Ontario and Quebec governments ordered that “non-essential” businesses close down, shortly followed by a list of “essential” businesses that were exempt from the mandatory closure. Quebec took a more cautious approach and ordered that all non-essential construction sites close. Ontario adopted a less restrictive approach and included the construction industry on…

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Government supports for your workplace during COVID-19

Sarah Hentschel

Government Benefits The federal government has existing programs to assist workplaces. Both the federal and provincial governments have also added a few additional programs and made amendments to current programs to streamline the application process to address the current crisis. Please see here for further details or to find applications for the benefits. This article…

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26 March 2020

Lawyers included as an “essential service”

Watson Goepel LLP

Earlier today the provincial government released its list of essential services which includes lawyers and paralegals. As the government noted: “Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives”. As an essential service, our firm…

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