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Dec
08
2020

Dora Konomi Wins Canadian Ethnic Media Association’s Best Radio Show Award for 2020

Dora Konomi, an associate with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, is the recipient, for a second consecutive year, of the prestigious Canadian Ethnic Media Awards for Journalist Excellence in the radio category for 2020 on her story “Saving Baby Michael.” In addition to being a dedicated commercial litigator, Dora is also a community advocate who supports local causes and highlights stories of interest through her radio show, the Doralicious Show, airing in Toronto and Ottawa. Saving Baby Michael is the story of Michael, an 18-months old boy, who was diagnosed with an ultra-rare disease, SPG50, and his parents’ struggle to raise funds for a cure.

The video is available here (starting at 17:27).

Read the press release here.

The podcast is available here.

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Dec
08
2020

Kim Ferreira Presents, “Discovery is a Tool. Cross is an Art”, at Peel Law Association’s CPD

During the pandemic, our lawyers are finding engaging ways to stay connected and share their insights. On October 28, 2020, Kim Ferreira, partner with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, presented “Discovery is a Tool. Cross is an Art” at Peel Law Association’s virtual CPD. Kim provided an overview of the process of examinations for discoveries in the civil context and contrasted it to cross-examinations at trial. He also provided useful tips on how to conduct a virtual examination. Kim then discussed the issues with the Honourable Justice A. William J. Sullivan and answered questions from the audience.

If you would like a copy of the presentation, contact Kim at: kim@ontlaw.com

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Oct
30
2020

SNF’s COVID-19 Response

Posted in Covid-19, SNF News

COVID-19 has brought much uncertainty to our workplace office but looking back on the past seven months, our response to this pandemic has been remarkable to say the least! Read this article to see what we did and how.

The entrance to Speigel Nichols Fox LLP's office.

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Jun
24
2020

Irving Fox Speaking at Restaurants Canada’s Rapid Recovery Series Webinar: Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements

Posted in Real Estate, SNF News

On June 10, 2020, Irving Fox, the head of our business law and commercial real estate groups, spoke at Restaurants Canada’s Rapid Recovery Series: Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements. Irving discussed issues concerning termination of a commercial lease and distress. More specifically, he addressed applicable legislation, types of defaults, landlords’ remedies, and tenants’ options.

A screenshot from the Restaurants Canada website on the Rapid Recovery Series: Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements

You may find the presentation here.

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Apr
29
2020

Asad Moten Speaks at CPD Event

On April 24, 2020, Asad Moten, an associate at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, presented at LSO’s “Key Principles in Commercial Litigation” CPD event. More specifically, Asad touched on written and oral advocacy in the commercial context and presented helpful tips on how to improve advocacy skills. Notably, this was LSO’s first full-length CPD program coordinated, recorded, and presented via Zoom.

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Apr
27
2020

Allison Speigel Addressing Issues for Lawyers During the Lockdown – CPD

On April 16, 2020 Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association’s CPD entitled “Maintaining Your Litigation Practice in a Remote Work Environment”. Allison addressed issues that lawyers might be facing while working under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screenshot from The Canadian Bar Association website.

Watch the video here starting at 57’12.

Find out more about the OBA Civil Litigation Virtual Chat Series here.

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Apr
13
2020

Holdback Payment and Limitation – Updated

On April 2, 2020, I notified you that the Ontario government enacted a regulation (73/20) suspending any limitation period for the duration of the emergency (commencing March 16, 2020). This created major problems regarding claims for lien, perfection of actions, and the distribution of holdback funds. I advised: “Accordingly, for the moment, payors cannot safely pay holdback – even assuming that the payors have received the holdback from other payors one rung above them on the construction ladder.”

By order in Council made April 9, 2020, the Ontario government amended O Reg 73/20 by removing its applicability to the Construction Act and its regulations on and after April 16, 2020. By doing so, the government implicitly recognised that O Reg 73/20 did apply to the Construction Act to extend times to preserve and perfect a claim for lien. Accordingly:

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Apr
02
2020

Holdback Payment and Limitation

On March 20, 2020, the Ontario government suspended any limitation period for the duration of the emergency. A copy of that regulation can be found here. This is an example of the law of unintended consequences.

It makes perfect sense for the usual run-of-the-mill limitation period (i.e. commence an action within 2 years of the day that the cause of action arose, subject to discoverability). It does not make sense for the provision of the Construction Act mandating the date upon which a claim for lien must be preserved. This date is crucial to the flow of money on a construction project. Holdback cannot safely be released until after the basic preservation dates for all liens have passed, be it 45 days or 60 days depending on whether the old Act or the new Act applies. If a payor cannot safely pay the holdback – because a construction lien could be registered far beyond the basic preservation date (relying on the extension of that date in accordance with the limitation period suspension), then payors will not pay that holdback; similarly, construction financing will not be forthcoming for the holdback.

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Mar
26
2020

Resources for Contractors Navigating COVID-19

HUB International provides 3 steps you can take as a contractor. Click here to read: COVID-19 Construction Safety Plan Guidance.

An article by Revay and Associates Limited discusses the impact of COVID-19 on construction projects. Click here to read: Proactive documentation and monitoring of the impacts of COVID-19 on construction projects.

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