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Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Tech and taxes: From robots to the universal basic income robot_tax_sm

In July of this year a report came out identifying a looming erosion in Ontario’s tax base at a time when revenues will be required for the province’s aging population. The report was produced by the Mowat Centre, an independent public-policy think tank at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. It was called “Robots, Revenues and Responses: Ontario and the Future of Work.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 2:58 PM

The artificial intelligence revolution and reshaping of insurance industry chatbot_sm.jpg

The information revolution has had an undeniable impact on society, as did the Industrial Revolution before it. Artificial intelligence is now set to be the next revolution that will have an enormous impact on civilization, affecting how we live, play and work. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Connecting workplace abuse and immigration compliance workplace_compliance_sm

Anti-bullying campaigns and movements such as #MeToo and #Time’sUp have brought issues of harassment, bullying and assault to the forefront of public conversation. If they are not already doing so, it is crucial that employers ensure that they are taking all steps to ensure a workplace free from abuse to avoid the liabilities that can result from such claims. However, there is one aspect of workplace abuse prevention that Canadian employers frequently overlook – the impact of claims of abuse on immigration compliance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

What happens when humans cause forest fires morefire_sm.jpg

As large swaths of British Columbia and California burn with both regions in the midst of very active fire seasons, an article in the New York Times blazed with the headline “Behind Most Wildfires, a Person and a Spark: ‘We Bring Fire With Us.’ ” ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

New mortgage rules make borrowing easier for self-employed self_employed_mortgage

On July 19, 2018, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the implementation of new mortgage lending rules designed to help the self-employed secure mortgages and enter or maintain their position in Canada’s housing market, to take effect on October 1, 2018. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 12:24 PM

Global expert consensus confirms misuse of criminal law in HIV non-disclosure cases, at odds with science aidsribbon2_sm.jpg

The past year has seen many watershed moments for people living with HIV — including the latest news out of Amsterdam from the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

Ontario employers should prepare now for Bill 148 changes to on-call work regulations B&Workforce_sm.jpg

As many employers are now aware, Bill 148, (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017), received royal assent and is now law. Bill 148 made significant changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Getting pre-retirement death benefits when left out of the will pension_benefit_sm

At a time when mourning is already the prevailing emotion, it is not uncommon for clients to find out in the face of the death of their loved one that they have not been provided for in the deceased’s will or considered with respect to the deceased’s assets that pass outside the estate. Fortunately, the Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) provides a statutory mechanism for a dependant to commence a dependant’s relief claim against the deceased’s estate and assets that pass outside the estate, for support where the deceased has not adequately provided for a dependant’s needs. ... [read more]

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

What the Canyon Meadows assault decision means to municipalities Video_camera_sm.jpg

In the recent decision McAllister v. Calgary (City) 2018 ABQB 480, the City of Calgary was found liable by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench for a random and unprovoked assault which occurred on New Year’s Eve. ... [read more]

Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

Non-Canadian hoteliers anxiously await decision on Waldorf-Astoria trademark Virtualhotel_sm.jpg

Non-Canadian hotel companies are anxiously awaiting the Federal Court of Canada’s decision in Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP v. Miller Thomson LLP (T-515-17) (Hilton Worldwide). The case is an appeal from a Trademarks Opposition Board decision to expunge the registration of the trademark Waldorf-Astoria for “hotel services” on the basis that the owner did not have a physical hotel in Canada and the only services which Canadians could access from Canada were hotel reservation services and a hotel loyalty program (Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP (Re) [2017] T.M.O.B. No. 5019). ... [read more]