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Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Trans people in prison: Nova Scotia’s approach two prisoners

A panel on transgender people and prisons took place during Halifax Pride, intended to help lawyers better serve trans clients remanded or sentenced to provincial custody in Nova Scotia and promote understanding of some issues trans people face in the prison system. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Investing in Africa: What you need to know africa_money_sm

While visiting South Korea a few years ago to present investment opportunities in Africa, Acha Leke, the chairman of McKinsey & Company Africa, was welcomed by a top executive with this remarkable remark: “Our Chinese competitors are going in Africa, I don’t know what they are looking for, but we need to understand.” This statement is a testament of a growing interest for Africa among investors in developed economies over the last decade. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 2:03 PM

Can separated parents be held liable for poor parenting? Mother talking child in danger

Recently, a divorced father and his daughter were passengers in his girlfriend’s car, which ended up in an accident. In an interesting twist, the father asked his car insurer to defend this lawsuit because he believed the lawsuit stemmed from the operation of a car and, therefore, should be covered by his car insurance policy. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

Senate report on charitable sector: Modernizing the framework charity_report_sm

As reported Sept. 6 in The Lawyer’s Daily, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released its final report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector on June 20, 2019. The report provides 42 recommendations for strengthening the charitable and not-for-profit sector, and for modernizing the legal and regulatory landscape governing it. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 2:45 PM

Tangible, meaningful benefit while in Canada: Recent Federal Court decision Tradingmoneyforideas

“Use it or lose it.” Canadian trademark owners are well aware of this principle. To maintain a trademark, an owner or licensee must use it in association with its registered wares or services. Use requires that Canadians receive “a tangible and meaningful benefit while in Canada.” That seems straightforward. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Amendments to new QST registration regime for suppliers outside Quebec Shopping cart w laptop

In 2018, the Quebec government announced the implementation of a new and parallel Quebec sales tax (QST) registration system under which (i) non-Canadian suppliers with no physical or significant presence in Quebec are required to collect and remit the QST on taxable incorporeal movable property and services they supply in Quebec to Quebec consumers; and (ii) Canadian suppliers with no physical or significant presence in Quebec are required to collect and remit the QST on taxable corporeal movable property they supply in Quebec to Quebec consumers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Art as loan collateral: What lenders want art_collection_sm

You are a collector in Canada of Canadian and international art and now have an opportunity to purchase another important artwork for your collection. You do not have ready cash. You do not want to tie up your personal or business credit, since it may be needed for other purposes. You think about whether you can utilize your existing art collection as collateral, normally a non-revenue generating asset.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 9:19 AM

Mental health issues in condominiums: Steps to obtain psychiatric assessment stressedoutguy

The prevalence of mental illness in Canada cannot be emphasized enough. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

OSC whistleblower program report card whistle_blower_sm

In July 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched the first program in Canada to provide compensation to whistleblowers for confidential tips that result in successful prosecution of individuals engaged in corporate misconduct. This article provides key program updates that have occurred since February 2018 and our views on the potential challenges faced by the program in evaluating its success. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 4:10 PM

Apportionment or double counting in determining catastrophic impairment Brain on blue background

Under the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule (SABS) and associated case law, an applicant will meet the legal definition of catastrophic impairment pursuant to the SABS if it is determined that he/she has suffered a combination of physical and psychological impairments that amount to a whole person impairment in excess of 55 per cent. ... [read more]