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Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

More cannabis legalization FAQs usethisone.jpg

The first instalment of Cannabis FAQs answered questions on possession, growing and distribution under the Cannabis Act itself. In this instalment we will cover topics that are bound to arise outside of the immediate scope of the Cannabis Act by addressing some of the legal implications and consequences of marijuana consumption. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

Cannabis legalization FAQs usethisone.jpg

The big day has finally arrived and Canadians are now able to consume cannabis products legally, at least within the confines of our spanking new Cannabis Act. As we embark on this new leg of our national journey people are bound to have many questions, and it is important to stress that the new law is not going to lead to a free-for-all on the marijuana front. This article attempts to provide answers to some of those likely questions and concerns which clients may ask. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Watch out when buying real estate with pre-incorporation contracts commercial_agreement_sm

Many purchasers of commercial real estate will elect to execute purchase agreements on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a number of reasons including income tax efficiency, liability avoidance and the need to tie up the property where time is of the essence. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program increases net worth, investment requirements immigrant_investors_sm

On July 18, 2018, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) announced new regulations respecting the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP). Among the changes announced were significant changes to the program’s net worth and investment requirements, both of which have increased significantly. The MIDI indicates that this change is intended to improve the retention of immigrant investors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

Cannabis: From mystery to medical intellectual property usethisone.jpg

Cannabis still maintains much of its mystery, thousands of years after it was first used by humans. There is great uncertainty among modern medical practitioners and patients about the pros and cons, and whether or not to use it at all. The limited scientific information available to date has been largely drowned out by PR hype, regulators and inaccurate anecdotal information from acquaintances. Even governments have appeared confused. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Up in smoke: A primer on cannabis taxation in Canada cannabis_legalization_sm

As of Oct. 17, the production, sale and recreational use of cannabis will be legal, if heavily regulated. Legalization begets taxation; consequently, a new regulatory regime in respect of the taxation of cannabis also applies to sales of the product. This article provides a short overview of the general tax, duty and mark-up regimes that will apply to the sale of cannabis products as of the legalization date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

Budding this fall: The serious business of recreational cannabis cannabis_legalization

While we usually associate flowers with spring, the budding cannabis industry will be flowering this fall. With legalization of adult-use cannabis now finally implemented, market participants will continue their race to obtain and increase their share of the burgeoning market sector. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

Indefinite need equals indefinite child support Family support

The Supreme Court of Canada held in D.B.S. v. S.R.G. 2006 SCC 37 that a core principle in the law relating to child support is that, “child support is the right of the child.” As a result, in accordance with: 1) The case of Coates v. Watson 2017 ONCJ 454, in which Justice William Sullivan concluded “section 31 of the FLA, [Family Law Act]…, discriminates and is contrary to his section 15 Charter rights,” and; 2) The passage of Bill 177 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Dec. 14, 2017, child support is the right of an adult child whether they are born to married or unmarried parents in Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Ontario re-lays foundation for brick and mortar sales of recreational cannabis cannabis legalization

The government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act. If passed, Bill 36 will enact the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and make numerous amendments to other Ontario laws, including the Cannabis Act, 2017, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM

Litigation privilege: Unsure bulwark for a party in bad faith shield_protection_sm

Abuse of the judicial system is not a novel phenomenon and remains highly problematic for parties that have to deal with it. In 2009 and again in 2015, the Quebec legislature added provisions to the Code of Civil Procedure giving courts the power to sanction abuse of process. It can nevertheless be difficult for a party to prove abuse of process or similar improper conduct by the adverse party. This is especially true when the latter is able to contest the communication of relevant evidence on the grounds of professional secrecy or litigation privilege. ... [read more]