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Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

New law paves way for Henson trusts for estate planning in Alberta disability_trust_sm

New legislation was passed in Alberta on June 11, 2018, that marks a significant change to estate planning for families of individuals with disabilities. Amendments have been made to the province’s legislation to allow for trusts to be set up to provide for individuals with disabilities without negatively affecting his or her eligibility for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Ontario proposing income tax credit instead of minimum wage hike tax_cut_sm

With the election of Doug Ford as Ontario’s new Premier comes changes that will have immediate repercussions for a large number of employees in the Province. These changes will be felt particularly by lower income employees who rely upon the protections provided by minimum wage legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

FIFA must face concussion issues head-on headbut_sm.jpg

As always, rivalries and hotly contested matches are at the forefront of the FIFA World Cup this year. However, some things are different about this year’s tournament after ridicule following the 2014 edition of the games. This year, FIFA is placing a stronger priority on player safety after a report from 2014 accused the soccer federation of not following proper guidelines and protocols relating to concussions suffered by players. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Growing, consuming legal cannabis may still be prohibited in condos, apartments condo_cannabis_sm

The Senate has passed Bill C-45, paving the way for the legalization of personal cannabis cultivation and consumption. While legislation may permit such activity, there is nothing in the proposed legislation to prohibit contractual restrictions on cannabis cultivation and consumption in the context of condominium and rental housing. Condominium boards and multiresidential landlords are ahead of the legislative curve as many have already implemented contractual restrictions on cannabis cultivation and consumption in their buildings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons protects public by delisting uncertified doctors doctortreeshirt_sm.jpg

From 2011 to 2017, Drs. Sean and Rosemarie Cambridge, two foreign-trained physicians, provided medical care to hundreds of patients in Chilliwack, B.C., under a provisional medical licence issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. During this period of time the government paid the Cambridge physicians millions of dollars in fees, according to B.C.’s Medical Service Plan (MSP) billing records. In the fall of 2017, the Cambridge physicians’ medical licences were cancelled on the basis that they had failed to meet the requirements for continued registration and licensure. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Temporary entry for business persons under the Trans-Pacific Partnership immigration_tpp_sm

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was signed March 8, 2018. In addition to trade provisions, the CPTPP enables foreign nationals to enter member countries for business purposes, under reciprocal agreements. This will increase opportunities for Canadians to conduct business in member countries. It will also provide additional options for foreign business persons to enter Canada without demonstrating a distinct labour market need. Instead, business persons from member countries will be eligible to enter Canada as business visitors, intra-company transferees, investors, or professionals/technicians, provided they meet the qualifying criteria. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Bill C-78 amendments to the Divorce Act: ‘Rearranging the deck chairs’ titanicsinking_sm.jpg

The unveiling of Bill C-78 received almost uniform praise from the media and legal profession as the “first major amendment of the Divorce Act in 20 years.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

Colour it mine: Protecting colour trademarks in Canada Red&Blackstilettos.jpg

Colours can function as indicators of source, and many colours acquire distinctiveness over time. One of the world’s best-known colour trademarks is Christian Louboutin’s famous red sole. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

What is ‘movable’ and ‘immovable’ equipment under Quebec’s municipal tax act data_centre_sm

On Oct. 9, 2013, the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec (Immovable Property Section) rendered a decision (Société immobilière IMSO inc c. Montréal (Ville) 2013 66191 (QC TAQ))  concerning the inclusion on the property assessment role of the City of Montreal (the City) of certain equipment used in the operation of a data centre, specifically the computer servers housed in the building where the centre operates. ... [read more]

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:21 PM

Cannabis impairment far different from alcohol impairment Stoneddriver_sm.jpg

The amendments to the Criminal Code through Bill C-46 are far reaching and significant. Originally, the intention was to pass this law in concert with the Cannabis Act to create new driving offences at the same time that marijuana was legalized. However, it appears that this bill is unlikely to come into force until well after the Cannabis Act is passed. ... [read more]