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Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 08:32 AM

Ontario changed the real property landscape: Here's what it means to lawyers house_tax_sm

The Ontario government recently announced policy changes that affect the real estate market. I wish to comment on three of the policy initiatives: ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 09:39 AM

Redwater: The turning tides of regulation in the oil and gas industry Abandoned oil well

The Alberta Court of Appeal struck a blow to the province's energy regulator in siding with the receiver in a bankruptcy case, ruling that it was not responsible for cleaning up abandoned oil wells. The decision wasn't unanimous, and leave to appeal has been sought to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 09:25 AM

Decision dramatically affects deductibility of mitigation earnings

An employee is fired. She brings a wrongful dismissal action. She obtains new employment. Her new earnings are deducted from any damages owed. This duty to mitigate and the deductibility of mitigation earnings is central to employment law. Except that the courts recently chose not to deduct any monies earned post termination. This decision will have a dramatic effect on wrongful dismissal cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

What the coming trademark changes mean to pharmaceutical industry

Significant changes to the Canadian trademarks regime are expected to come into force in early 2019. While the implementation of these upcoming amendments will affect every sector, they will have a marked (pun somewhat intended) impact on several issues unique to the pharmaceutical industry. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Canada Revenue Agency offers voluntary disclosure for non-compliant charities

Charities Directorate needs to strengthen guidance to bring process into line with upcoming changes to program covering non-profits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 09:37 AM

U.S. RAISE Act takes a page from Canada's merit-based immigration system Immigration_law_sm

The proposed legislation, endorsed by President Donald Trump, would follow this country's lead and implement a points system, but it could ultimately cut in half the number of immigrant visas granted annually. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

New tax proposals will overturn decades of settled law

The firestorm from the July 18, 2017, federal tax proposals has been met with fury from the tax community and from small and medium enterprises. Some of the changes will dramatically change tax planning for private corporations, including many professional corporations. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 09:50 AM

Healing old wounds: Effective mediation of personal injury claims

There are ways to maximize settlement opportunities in the mediation of claims — including slips and falls, motor-vehicle accidents and intentional torts such as battery — that will make a real difference in the outcome. ... [read more]

Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 09:28 AM

Factoring in plaintiff’s age and occupation to the earnings curve

Jane is a 59-year-old real estate lawyer who was injured in a car accident. She will be unable to continue working. Jane is claiming she has suffered a loss of income due to her injuries, and she has estimated her losses based on her earnings immediately before the accident, projected out until her planned retirement age of 67. Is this the correct approach? ... [read more]

Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 09:21 AM

How to encourage clients to revise their wills — without raising eyebrows

With most studies saying half of Canadians don’t have properly executed wills in place, clients — ever wary of extra legal fees — need to be reminded from time to time that they should update the document to reflect their wishes. ... [read more]