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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Clear head needed for complex cannabis licensing regs cannabis_retail_sm

Lawyers who offer legal services to clients involved in cannabis retailing will need to have a clear head when navigating a labyrinth of legislative, leasing and ownership issues relative to achieving a viable cannabis production and retail outlet. Knowledge of federal, provincial and municipal legislative restrictions and a realistic assessment of negotiating leverage requires an understanding of the legislative scheme for securing retail licences as well as local retail conditions which may determine success or failure of the retail outlet. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

Where Ford government’s Bill 47, a.k.a. Bill 148 repeal, is taking us bunchalawyers_sm.jpg

On Oct. 23, 2018, Ontario Premier Doug Ford tabled Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, set to repeal a large portion of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which was passed into law by the previous provincial government just 11 months ago. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Flexible paid time off under agreement distinct from personal emergency leave workersoncalendar_sm.jpg

An arbitrator recently ruled that an employee’s personal emergency leave entitlements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are separate from an employee’s floater days under a collective agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

Closing loopholes to help end harm to animals Dogcatrabbit_sm.jpg

Bestiality. It’s decidedly one of the most heinous topics to teach to my animal law students at University of British Columbia and whenever I present on animal law to members of the public. Most people would assume that harming an animal by forcing him or her to be sexually exploited would, in all its disgusting forms, be barred by law in Canada, but sadly, they would be mistaken. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Artificial Intelligence and the brave new world of taxation robot_taxman_sm

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently part of a pilot project initiated by Justice Canada that aims to help litigate tax cases through automation technology. Since the beginning of the year tax practitioners at Justice Canada have been using Artificial Intelligence (AI) software. The intent is to scrutinize thousands of court cases and predict how a judge might rule. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Privacy culture: The new corporate redesign privacy_culture_sm

The rise in privacy breaches has caused consumers to become increasingly concerned about the way in which organizations are handling their personal information. As consumers experience a paradigm shift towards the need for trust and transparency before handing over their personal information, organizations need to adjust the way they perceive compliance with privacy legislation and standards. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

USMCA and what it means for IP in Canada Canadamexicouspuzzle_sm.jpg

Minutes before the midnight deadline on Sept. 30, 2018, Canada reached a new free trade agreement with Mexico and the United States. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Justice through Indigenous community courts handcuffbreaking_jpg

For decades the failure of the Canadian justice system to provide fair processes for Indigenous Canadians has been the subject of papers, policy recommendations, reports and news articles. The self-governance and self-determination of First Nations has yet to be reinstated since the passage of the 1876 Indian Act. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

Bubble burst: Tax relief for investment fraud losses bubble_burst_sm

While recent Canada Revenue Agency administrative statements provide welcome guidance to taxpayers defrauded in a fraudulent investment scheme, the case law has been less favourable. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

When video game addiction leads to family breakup woman watching video game

An online divorce service in the United Kingdom recently noted that more than 200 couples who filed for divorce in 2018 cited addiction to Fortnite or other video games as a reason for the divorce. Fortnite, which is a popular online game wherein players around the world engage in a battle royale, has grown in popularity among children, teenagers and adults alike. ... [read more]