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Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:59 PM

Special purpose acquisition companies SPAC

Although present for decades, special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) initial public offerings (IPO) have seen an unprecedented surge on Wall Street. They’ve picked up in Europe and began spreading into emerging markets just before and in the first quarter of 2021 in the U.S., raising $82.8 billion in the latter due to the extreme market volatility of the global pandemic. A SPAC is a popular instrument with 79 per cent of them in the U.S., two per cent in Canada, three per cent in China, three per cent in Israel, four per cent in the U.K. and nine per cent in other countries. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

When leaving doesn’t end the abuse Man looking through computer screen from other side

Many women who leave a relationship in which they have been abused by their partner are unpleasantly surprised to discover that the abuse follows them out of the relationship. Post-separation abuse can take many forms: stalking, online harassment and abuse, increased use of threats, using the children to spy on and intimidate the woman, drawing in family members and friends and so on. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:11 AM

Pre-election guide to Alberta municipal law Map of Canada with Alberta highlighted

On Oct. 18, Alberta will hold municipal elections. This is the second of two articles seeking to give readers a better understanding of municipal law in Alberta.   ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Election-time guide to Alberta municipal law Map of Alberta

On Oct. 18, Alberta will hold municipal elections. This is the first of two articles seeking to give readers a better understanding of municipal law in Alberta. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:15 AM

Disclosure of classified material in litigation process: How classified material becomes evidence Hands pull confidential file from folder

It is well known and established that in civil actions there is a duty to disclose. In most Canadian provinces, parties have a duty to search for and disclose all documents in their possession or under their control that are relevant to the issues in the action. What happens, however, when relevant documents include government classified material? ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

Domestic violence during COVID-19 — and what can be done Woman with ball and chain tied to her leg

According to an article written in March 2020, women’s advocates fear an increase in domestic violence (otherwise known as intimate partner violence) as a result of “stress, job losses, and isolation.” A year later, the statistics are still as worrying as ever. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 11:19 AM

Captain-less ship: Need for regulatory certainty to autonomously explore ocean Robot submarine

Canada has the world’s longest coastline but, compared to other countries, most notably Norway, our ocean economy — $31.7 billion annually in gross domestic product and almost 300,000 jobs — is relatively underdeveloped. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Post-mortem privacy: The future landscape Man's real face looking at his digital image

In part three of this series on the emerging challenges to estate advisers regarding post-mortem privacy in the digital era, we looked at pre-planning options using online tools and the impact of big tech in several examples. In part four we’ll look to the future and the global post-mortem privacy landscape. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Can unvaccinated foreign travellers leave Canada by air after Oct. 30? Stop sign with pic of airplane on it

On Oct. 6, the government of Canada announced that as of Oct. 30, Canada would require employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees. Further, effective Oct. 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports to travel within Canada or outside of Canada, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

Shareholders and disputes from a valuator’s perspective Shareholders fight on a pie chart

There are many scenarios where the involvement of a business valuator may be helpful to effect changes related to shareholders. In some cases, a successful business may add one or more shareholders to strengthen its core operations or reward performance. In others, a mutually agreed-upon exit of a shareholder may lead to an orderly buyout. Perhaps a breach has occurred, and a shareholder is being dismissed, or a group of majority shareholders is oppressing the minority. ... [read more]