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Coronavirus pandemic adds complexity to parental-access battles

From the Globe and Mail - Family lawyers and divorce mediators say they are overwhelmed by the number of conflicts that have arisen over COVID-19, including accusations that one parent may not respect the need for social distancing. So far, most of these disputes concern who gets access to the children. Judges, lawyers and mediators all say that, barring exceptional circumstances, divorced couples and former common-law partners must abide by the agreements they had in place before the pandemic.

StatsCan conducting new survey on COVID-19 impacts

From CTV News - Looking for ways to help out during the novel coronavirus pandemic?

Statistics Canada says you can do something important for your friends and neighbours: fill out a new survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians.

The agency needs information about people’s economic situations and physical and mental well-being to assess communities’ needs during and after the pandemic, to help plan support measures.

Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

From the Government of Ontario - Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

Toronto bylaw imposes 2-metre rule in parks (Toronto Star)

From the Toronto Star -  Mayor John Tory, using his emergency powers, has signed a by-law to make being within two-metres of someone in a park or public square who is not a member of your household punishable with a fine up to $5,000.

The by-law will be in effect for at least the next 30 days. Tory said the by-law maxes out the powers Toronto has to effectively “lockdown” the city.