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Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Robust social media policy vital for charities, not-for-profits donate_online_sm

With the development of new platforms and applications continuously redefining what social media is and how it is used by charities and not-for-profits (NFPs), there are corresponding challenges in applying existing legal frameworks of privacy law, intellectual property (IP) law, tort law, contract law and charity law, among others. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Unfair refugee amendment rammed through in budget bill refugee_family_sm

Human rights in Canada have just suffered a significant blow. Buried deep in the recent federal budget bill is an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that creates a class of people who are denied a refugee hearing after they enter Canada. The change applies to anyone who sought refugee protection in one of five countries, regardless of whether there’s been a decision. It overwhelmingly affects those entering Canada from the U.S. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Wrong side of the bridge: Discriminatory impairment designations for kids moneychartmeds.jpg

The purpose of the June 2016, Catastrophic Impairment — Public Hospitals Guideline, Superintendent’s Guideline No. 01/16 is to provide a list of the public hospitals for which in-patient admittance is one criterion for determining whether an insured child under the age of 18 at the time of the motor vehicle accident (MVA) has a traumatic brain injury. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Feds missed boat on affordable housing home_buyers_sm

The federal Liberals had a golden opportunity in this last budget to make some simple tweaks to the mortgage system in Canada that would have allowed more first-time buyers to get into the housing market and assist second-time buyers to move up without major changes to the policies implemented by the Liberals over the last two years to cool the market. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Supporting a child with disability: Family law considerations lightinkidshead.jpg

It is trite that supporting a child with a disability is costly for families. Lawyers should engage the appropriate estate, tax and financial planning professionals to ensure their clients receive comprehensive advice or information when negotiating child support issues arising from the breakdown of their relationship. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Arbitration: Benefits of One-Judge pilot and much more one_judge_sm

In my first article about the launch of an arbitration pilot project referred to as the “One Judge Model,” I applauded Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice for its efforts. Here are more thoughts on the initiative. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

U.S. tax changes affecting cross-border alimony american_alimony_sm

The 2017 Tax Reform Act (the Act) signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 affects taxpayers who are getting a divorce — even if one is a Canadian resident. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

New to Canada: Criminalizing unimpaired drivers Weird driver

The recent case of a Nova Scotia woman who uses cannabis products to treat her medical symptoms highlights an important educational point for lawyers and the general public alike. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Federal budget allows donations to Canadian journalism canadian_journalism_sm

On March 19, the federal government tabled its 2019 budget. The budget includes a number of important tax incentives and amendments that impact the charitable and not-for-profit sector. Of those changes, the most important include the addition of registered journalism organizations (RJOs) as qualified donees, as well as legislative amendments to ensure that certain tax incentives continue to be available for eligible donations of cultural property. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

Free Willy bill whale of a win for cetaceans 3whales.jpg

Animal law was in the news again on April 2. Bill S-203, a private member’s bill originally tabled some four years ago, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, passed the scrutiny of the committee, where bills are scrutinized to the comma and picked apart line by line. ... [read more]