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Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Keep diversity in mind when renovating your firm’s workspace office_renovation_sm

Is your firm about to undergo a large-scale renovation of the office? Keep in mind not just how you want the office to look and what brand image you want to convey, but also how design decisions may impact your employees and clients, both current and prospective. ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

International Day of Mourning a reminder to keep employees healthy and safe injuredworkers_sm

Years ago, employees used to take on safety-sensitive jobs such as mining or railroad work knowing that there was a risk to their health or safety and assuming the risks inherent with that occupation. In recent years there has been a shift in both mentality and legislation in terms of safety on the job in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

New tax rules for lawyers: Valuate work-in-progress work_inprogress_sm

With the annual tax filing deadline on April 30, it is important to realize that the 2017 federal budget introduced a significant taxation change for professionals, including lawyers. This change now affects how non-employee lawyers are required to compute and report their income and requires that an extensive valuation of work-in-progress (WIP) takes place. ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Is a plea of nolo contendere available in Canada? Vectormangivingup_sm.jpg

The quick answer is that a plea of nolo contendere is not permitted by the Criminal Code. A review of the jurisprudence, however, establishes that a very similar procedure is available to accused in Canada. One just must be careful not to call it nolo contendere and the proper procedure must be followed. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

How courts apply ‘no property in a witness’ principle to expert testimonies expertwitness

The long-standing principle that “there is no property in a witness” allows any party in an action to interview the same witness and to admit evidence from the same witness in court. While this principle is often practised in the context of fact witnesses, it is less common to see opposing counsel retain the same expert in an action. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

The expanding investment spectrum for charities in Ontario charitable_investments_sm

In recent years, charities in Ontario have seen a number of changes that have expanded the spectrum of investment opportunities that are available to them. This article provides a brief overview of this expansion, including an explanation of the new “social investments” option available under the Charities Accounting Act (CAA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Appeal decision shows eligibility for new housing rebate is relative housing_rebate_sm

Experienced real estate lending lawyers know that some lenders require a person who might otherwise be a guarantor of a mortgage to go on title to become a mortgagor, even where the person acquires a very small ownership interest in the property. The reasons for this requirement are internal to the lender, and may be driven by credit policies, income requirements on owners, or the unwillingness of a lender to rely on their own guarantee documents despite their typically very broad terms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Explaining Ontario’s ATV and off-road rules and insurance requirements offroading_sm.jpg

In Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) defines motor vehicle as including “an automobile, a motorcycle, a motor assisted bicycle ... and any other vehicle propelled or driven otherwise than by muscular power.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

The pros and cons of renouncing U.S. citizenship renounce_citizenship_sm

On Dec. 22, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which marked the first significant overhaul of U.S. tax law since the Reagan era. Although the Act lowered the tax rate for most Americans, the new rules may have a negative effect on a number of Americans abroad and may also provide an incentive to those who want to renounce their U.S. citizenship. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Office of the Privacy Commissioner reorganization and what it means opc_reorganization_sm

On April 6 the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced a new organizational structure. Following upon the recent report of the House of Commons ETHI Committee recommending overhaul of PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) and the past two weeks’ Facebook revelations, the announcement has received some attention. ... [read more]