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Frank Carere Honorary Member of KWAR

Frank Carere was presented with Honorary Membership at the Annual General Membership Meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR). 


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Congratulations Frank!



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Businesses Have a New Obligation to Screen Workers and Essential Visitors for COVID-19

On July 21st, 2020 the government of Ontario enacted the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, which included Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3. Regulation 364/20 set out various rules which businesses must follow to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Primarily, the regulation requires businesses to limit the amount of people allowed to enter the place of business as needed to ensure those who are not within each other's social circles are socially distanced by 2 metres, and that businesses adequately clean and sanitize their facilities. There are additional rules specific to certain industries.


However, the regulation did not require businesses to ask COVID-19 screening questions to people entering the place of business, until now. On September 25th, 2020, Regulation 364/20 was amended to include Regulation 530/20. Regulation 530/20 now requires businesses to follow the recommendations of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals entering the place of business.  


An outline of screening recommendations has been released by Ontario's Ministry of Health and can be found at the following link:




Ontario's Ministry of Health recommends businesses screen workers and essential visitors (but not customers) when the workers or essential visitors first arrive at the workplace by asking series of questions. If a worker or essential visitor answers "yes" to any of the recommended questions, then they ought to leave the workplace immediately and self-isolate.


Given the amendment, businesses are advised to comply with the screening requirements outlined by the Ministry of Health.

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Our firm remains committed to supporting our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Madorin Snyder LLP is working, where possible, to limit the need for in person attendance at our office space, and provisions to work remotely have been put in place. We have made this decision to protect our clients, staff, and their families.

No unscheduled meetings will be accepted. As a precautionary measure, if you feel sick or unwell and have an in-office meeting scheduled please contact our office immediately to make alternate arrangements.

If you have any questions, please contact your lawyer, assistant, or clerk. Alternatively, you may contact reception@kw-law.com.

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COVID-19 - What are we doing at Madorin, Snyder LLP

At Madorin, Snyder we take very seriously the health and safety of our lawyers, employees, clients, families and our community.  In response to the widening spread of COVID 19, we have implemented a number of measures to do what we can to protect everyone’s health and safety, and we will continue to do so as the situation changes. 


Our office remains open for business.  If the situation requires that some of our members need to work remotely, we have the technology in place enabling that. We have adopted policies with respect to personal and business travel and attendance at events and meetings. We are encouraging client meetings be held electronically or by telephone, when possible.


We will continue to inform our employees of safety procedures outlined by Health Canada, the  Ontario Health Agency and our local health officials.

We are making every effort to ensure we can provide uninterrupted service and support to our clients.


Our relationship with our clients is important to us. If you have any questions regarding this situation, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyer with whom you are dealing, or me. 


Steve Grant, Managing Partner

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Coulter A. Osborne Award





James H. Bennett, a senior partner at

Madorin, Snyder LLP, will be awarded the

Coulter A. Osborne Award by the Waterloo Region Law Association at the upcoming annual general meeting.










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Admission to the Partnership

We are pleased to announce the admission of Rob Bickle, Fil Mendes, Dawn Phillips-Brown and Christopher Clemmer to the partnership at Madorin, Snyder LLP



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Parents Should Consider the Status of Student Liability Insurance

For many parents, sending their children off to University or College is a busy time. They have a lot on their mind as they check and double check to make sure their children have everything they need to venture away from the nest. Often overlooked, however, is whether or not their child is covered under any liability insurance policy in their new home.


Residential Liability Insurance is a method of protecting not only the personal belongings of the insured, but also any accidents in which the insured has responsibility. For example, if a student were to cause a fire in their apartment and someone were to be hurt, this liability insurance would protect them in a negligence action against them.


In many cases, a parent's Residential Insurance policy will cover students who are living away from their parent's homes while away for studies at a college or university. There will, however, be circumstances where students living away from home will not be covered.


Residential Insurance Policies generally contain a definition of the term "insured" which includes not only the named insured, but also individuals living in their "household". On a plain reading of the word, it is not clear whether students living away from home for school are members of the insured's household, or not. For this reason, the courts have adopted a contextual approach in determining whether or not a student is considered to be a part of the parents' household after they have left for school. Some of the common factors considered in determining whether or not students are covered under their parents' insurance policy include:


  • whether or not student returns home for summers and holidays,
  • whether the student intends to return home after their studies,
  • the level of communication between the student and parent(s),
  • the self-sufficiency of the student,
  • whether or not the student still has possessions at their parents' home,
  • whether or not the parents maintain a room for the student at their home,
  • whether the student is covered under any other insurance policy,
  • the level of control exercised by the insured over the student.

Many insurance providers offer policies for tenants to cover their activities and belongings in a rental unit. Parents who are unsure about whether or not their children are covered under their Residential Insurance Policy may consider contacting their insurance agent or broker for advice.


The information contained in this article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Readers are advised to seek specific legal advice in relation to any decision or course of action contemplated.

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