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Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Ontario opens for business but forgets Walkerton lessons moneyforwater.jpg

Ontario’s Bill 66 (Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018) will likely trigger intense second reading debate when the provincial legislature resumes sitting in February. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

Bill C-86 set to strengthen financial consumer protection protectiveumbrella_sm.jpg

The Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, Bill C-86, was introduced in the House of Commons on Oct. 29. If passed, the bill will consolidate existing consumer provisions and regulations and strengthen consumer protection provisions that apply to banks and authorized foreign banks under the Bank Act. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

How Sir John A. Macdonald displayed the legal profession’s best traditions lawyeratpodium_Sm.jpg

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, marks the 204th birthday of one of Canada’s greatest lawyers and certainly its greatest prime minister. Not many people know that Sir John A. Macdonald had a successful legal career as a criminal lawyer before he successfully created our fine country. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

Incorporating your law firm a great tax planning tool tax_saving_sm

Want to reduce the taxes you pay in 2019? Consider incorporating your legal practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Canada expands border biometrics tumb-print_sm

As of Dec. 31, 2018, foreign nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas must provide their biometrics (fingerprints) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. Applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been subject to this biometric requirement since July 31, 2018. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

How cannabis might factor in divorce Divorcinghippies_jpg

After nearly a century of cannabis prohibition, on Oct. 17, 2018, the Canadian government made recreational cannabis legal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Superior court reins in OSPCA’s police-type powers Doginhands_sm.jpg

On Jan. 2, 2019, an Ontario court ruled in Bogaerts v. Attorney General of Ontario 2019 ONSC 41, that the Ontario SPCA’s enforcement powers are unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Proposed bill would cut municipal red tape but also checks, balances redtape_cutting_sm

On Dec. 6, 2018, the provincial government introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. If passed, Bill 66 would amend numerous acts as part of the province’s “Open for Business Action Plan” — the government’s comprehensive push to cut regulatory red tape in an effort to stimulate business investment and create jobs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Dangers of drinking and droning drone_sm.jpg

By now everyone should know that drinking and driving is bad. The message about drinking and boating (including paddleboarding) is starting to spread as well. What people may not be thinking about is the issue of drinking and flying. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Ontario axes independent environmental watchdog Ontario map

The Ontario government recently passed Bill 57 (Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018), which is omnibus legislation intended to implement the government’s 2018 fall economic statement. ... [read more]