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Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Terminating condominium agreements of purchase, sale unfinished building

Buyers of pre-construction condos ought to understand that there are a number of uncertainties that go with these purchases. As these units are often marketed to purchasers before construction has begun, the unit may not be as visualized by the purchaser. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Officeparty

Like employers, employees have responsibilities in relation to company parties and similar work-related social gatherings. While they are entitled to let loose with their work colleagues outside the workplace, they are bound to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. They share accountability with their employer for the safety and well-being of their co-workers and must be professional and respectful. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Drink, drive and be deported: A warning to permanent residents drinking_driving_sm

As the holidays approach, you can feel the change in the air. While the temperature drops, people’s spirits are generally lifted. Merriment abounds, as many of us rush from party to party, celebrating the season with friends and family. However, in all of the hustle and bustle, we can sometimes forget to be vigilant about our alcohol consumption. Many make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel as they eagerly head to their next gathering, without recognizing that they are driving impaired. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Kids on the move: Procedural changes to mobility under Divorce Act amendments Mother and child on moving day

Among the changes to the Divorce Act in 2020 is a revision of the way mobility matters are handled. The amendments provide new procedural requirements for notice of a relocation, require the consideration of additional factors in assessing a child’s best interests and allocate burdens of proof for the parties involved. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 2:39 PM

Time to think about daylight saving time injuries Hand on alarm clock

Changing our clocks twice a year can have a much greater affect on our bodies and lives than you might think. Research has shown that daylight saving time affects our productivity at work, our health and even road safety. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

How to prove that mark is distinctive Tealeaves

A recent trademark decision of the Federal Court considers a ground of opposition based on lack of distinctiveness and reviews what evidence is necessary to support such a ground. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Tax law: Counterintuitive and unreasonable Tax law book

When I was a law student and studied a gamut of subjects in law I was struck by the inherent logic of it all. Not true in tax law. In tax law, the answer is most often counterintuitive because technicality governs to the exclusion of reason. As a result, the findings of the Tax Court of Canada are sometimes absurd. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

Haseeb v. Imperial Oil Limited: Discrimination in employment applications crowdofpeople

What questions are off limits during a job application or job interview? We all know you cannot ask a candidate’s age or marital status. You can ask about the candidate’s eligibility to work in Canada. But can you ask about whether the candidate is eligible to work in Canada permanently? ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Why death row dog Punky should head to Supreme Court Punky3

We the lawyers for Team Punky, Canada’s death row dog, are working hard to try to get this unprecedented case about a “dangerous dog” heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. I wrote two earlier articles about the important animal law case of Punky Santics: Getting Punky off death row and How Punky the dog got to Supreme Court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

Principal residence trusts for disabled persons: Proposed amendment Wooden house balanced with money

In 2016 the federal government announced amendments to the Income Tax Act (ITA), including changes to the definition of “principal residence.” The outcome of these changes was such that, as of Jan. 1, 2017, only three categories of trusts remained eligible to claim the principal residence exemption (PRE): ... [read more]