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Monday, April 25, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

World Intellectual Property Day 2022: Innovating for a better future WorldIP Day

Each year, April 26 is celebrated as World Intellectual Property Day, where professionals and creators alike discuss the significance of intellectual property (IP) protection and celebrate the successes that creativity and innovation have brought forth in society. This year, World IP Day celebrates how the youth of today are innovating for a better future. ... [read more]

Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 2:28 PM

Drones, intellectual property, green value chain Drones

Although trials are governed by different rules and conceived in different legal cultures, there are a handful of principles common throughout jurisdictions: Evidence to be submitted to court must comply with the rules imposed by laws governing the trial. ... [read more]

Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 1:15 PM

Being charitable across borders People sending money around the world

When deciding which charities to benefit, many Canadians have philanthropic objectives that extend beyond the border. ... [read more]

Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

‘Boomerang’ summary judgment motion: What you need to know Lawyer throwing boomerang coming back at her

In its revolutionary 2014 decision, Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a judicial call-to-arms to all litigators: to the extent possible, civil actions had to be resolved by way of summary judgment. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 3:01 PM

Support for adult children and sharing in post-separation increased income Hand divides puzzle pieces

In the recent case of Hendriks v. Hendriks 2022 ONCA 165, the Court of Appeal addressed the issues of variation in spousal support and child support following a post separation increase in income, as well as child support payable for children above the age of majority pursuing post-secondary education. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 1:19 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal denies hopeless amendments Stamp with word Denied

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently issued its decision in Remington Development Corporation v. ENMAX Power Corporation, 2022 ABCA 71, denying the plaintiff’s attempt to amend its pleadings on the basis that the amendments were hopeless. Generally speaking, amendments to pleadings are allowed, subject to four major exceptions, one of which is that the amendment is hopeless. It is unusual for amendments to be denied, particularly on the basis that they are hopeless. By overturning the lower court and denying the amendments, the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision now stands as the current leading authority on denying hopeless amendments. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 10:21 AM

Non-compliance with Trademarks Act leads to unfavourable result Pizza

A decision of the Federal Court illustrates the importance of proper trademark management in operating a business. The plaintiff seems to have ignored this to its detriment notwithstanding that its business was otherwise successful (Milano Pizza Ltd. v. 6034799 Canada Inc. 2022 FC 425). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 10:16 AM

Family justice in Ontario: Moving towards a ‘new normal’ Empty courtroom

This week family courts across the province began their march towards a “new normal.” On March 17, Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz announced that beginning April 19, there would be a presumptive return to in-person hearings for all case conferences, settlement conferences, trial management conferences, long motions and trials. Other hearings, including first appearances and regular motions, will presumptively be held by videoconference. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 2:31 PM

Can a not-for-profit engage in business activities? words non and profit seperated by a hand

An issue that has arisen for Canadian not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) with increased frequency in the past few years is the extent to which, as a means to generate supplemental revenue, NPOs can engage in supplemental business activities that are not directly related to its core purposes. Supplemental business activities should be considered carefully by a NPO prior to undertaking them, as these business activities can potentially impact an NPO’s tax-exempt status. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

Federal Budget 2022: What you and your clients need to know Income tax form

On April 7, the federal government introduced Budget 2022, “A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.” I’ll take you through a selection of the notable tax measures that may impact you and your clients. ... [read more]