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Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Making sense of 2016 census peoplemapofcanada.jpg

The litigation and insurance communities frequently rely on census data in the determination of income losses. In 2017 and 2018, Statistics Canada released the 2016 census, the seventh quinquennial census. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Milne, Panda rulings could affect thousands of Ontario wills will_probate_sm

For many years, multiple wills have been used as a common estate planning tool. In these cases, the testator's assets are allocated between two pools. All assets requiring probate (e.g. bank accounts) are dealt with under a “public” or “primary” will, and assets that do not require probate (e.g. private company shares) are dealt with in a “private” or “secondary” will. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Significant changes to Quebec labour laws Quebec flag

As of Jan. 1, 2019, by way of amendments to the Labour Standards Act of Quebec, new rules came into force which are of significant interest to Quebec employers. The following is a summary of some of the more important modifications. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Rahaf Mohammed: Tweet, protect, repeat woman_refugee_sm

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offers a shocking statistic about the state of the world: “1 in every 110 people globally is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.” Although Canada’s refugee assistance only reaches a drop in that bucket, it matters. And it mattered last week when Rahaf Mohammed was found to be a refugee by the UNHCR and upon their request, Canada resettled her. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

U.S. decision on sales tax a big deal for Canadian companies american_salestax_sm

In what may be a game changer for Canadian companies, on June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S., overturning decades of previous court precedence. In Wayfair, the Supreme Court confirmed that physical nexus is no longer required for a state to enforce sales tax collection. Instead, the concept of economic nexus was to be considered as a reasonable basis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 3:15 PM

Self-represented litigants face numerous challenges in court 3menselfrepresent_sm.jpg

The Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently dismissed an appeal by a self-represented litigant (SRL) that shines a light on the many challenges of self-representation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

New (and arguably absurd) drinking and driving offences Guyatbar_sm.jpg

The new amendments to the Criminal Code have changed the drinking and driving landscape significantly. Two changes are attracting particular attention due to their impacts on protected Charter rights and a serious potential for wrongful convictions. Arguably the most concerning amendment is the creation of a new offence — consuming too much alcohol or drugs after driving. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Collaboration among siloed specialists boosted by knowledge management knowledge_management_sm

The need for greater value continues to evolve within the legal industry, and increasingly, in-house legal departments are working with firms that focus on client experience. Knowledge Management (KM) professionals are providing innovative solutions to contribute to the overall client experience and are leveraging technology to do it. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 2:22 PM

Canada’s shifting privacy landscape Switchboard

In early January 2019, Bell Canada caught the media spotlight over its “tailored marketing program.” The program will collect massive amounts of personal information, including “Internet browsing, streaming, TV viewing, location information, wireless and household calling patterns, app usage and the account information.” ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Online gaming industry needs more ‘privacy by design’ virtual_game_sm

The world of video games has undergone a massive transformation. As online gaming continues to thrive, the industry must earn the trust of its consumers to maintain its success. This is the second of a two-part series ... [read more]