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Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

How the new Bill C-78 affects custody and access rulings childsupported_sm.jpg

On May 22, 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-78 which would amend the Divorce Act. On its face, this bill is an expression by the federal government that progress was needed in the way that separated families were treated under the law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Increased border biometrics boosts security but also privacy concerns biometrics_border_sm

In an effort to enhance the integrity of the Canadian immigration system, the federal government began collecting biometric data from foreign nationals of specific countries applying for temporary residence in 2013. The information may then be shared between countries in order to expand the scope of security screenings, while also giving rise to privacy concerns. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

It’s getting easier to be green: Hydrogen technology developments and legal issues Hydrogencar

While the transportation industry has been abuzz recently over new electric vehicle technology, talk and focus may eventually turn to cars that emit nothing but water vapour, thanks to recent developments in hydrogen fuel cells and other hydrogen energy applications. Initiatives in Canada and abroad are providing industry, and lawyers, with exciting opportunities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

High drama at Ontario’s Licence Appeal Tribunal womaninspiderweb_sm.jpg

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Attitude adjustment: U.S. politics affecting Canadians crossing the border american_border_sm

As NAFTA negotiations near the one-year mark and Canada and the U.S. continue to push their own trade agendas, the friendly historic relationship between Canada and the U.S. appears frighteningly fragile at the moment. Many Canadians are taking a “prepare for the worst” approach to heading across the border, and some — but not all — of this caution is merited. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

International coalition investigating cryptocurrency tax evasion, money laundering bitcoin_investigation_sm

The Wild West days of cryptocurrency and tax evasion are on the wane. Bitcoin, ethereum, dash and other digital currencies are now firmly in the crosshairs of worldwide tax authorities: the burning issue, of course, is the loss of tax revenue occurring from unreported cryptocurrency transactions. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

The importance of plain language in the legal profession languagebarrier2_sm.jpg

Drafting is typically a key aspect of a lawyer’s job. For employment lawyers in particular, a poorly drafted employment agreement can come at a major cost for your client. At the same time, a well drafted employment agreement and termination provision can save your client tremendous costs.An agreement drafted in pure legalese will often result in parties not understanding their obligations, leading to contractual disputes and litigation. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

To curb gun violence in Toronto, we need to stop flow of illegal weapons Pistolblood

When hosting a barbecue in your own backyard, taking your children to the playground or going out to dinner with friends and family on a summer evening can get you wounded or killed, we have a serious problem with guns and gun violence. The availability of guns coupled with random shootings in our neighbourhoods has undermined the safety and security of Torontonians. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

What B.C.’s doing to strengthen orphan well restoration oldoilwell

On May 17, 2018, new legislation that aims to strengthen B.C.’s orphaned well restoration and prevention regime received royal assent and came into force. The Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 will result in additional requirements for those seeking to develop oil and gas in B.C. through amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Quebec decision backs a litigant’s right to compel participation hire_lawyer_sm

The Superior Court in Roy Métivier Roberge inc. c. CGE Groupe conseil inc., 2018 QCCS 3048 reminded litigants that access to justice has a corresponding obligation to participate, even in defence, and upheld a plaintiff’s ability to enforce defendants’ compliance with that obligation. ... [read more]