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Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 8:57 AM

Birth of the metaverse: Emerging estate opportunities Hand holding metaverse assets

In the not-so-distant past it might have seemed absurd for a lawyer to begin an estate planning conversation by asking a client about their e-mail usage, their favourite travel reward program or their experience with cryptos. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 3:04 PM

2022 Budget confirms tax treatment for contract service margin set out in IFRS 17 2 people with financial statement

On April 7, the federal government released the 2022 Budget (the budget), confirming plans to adopt International Financial Reporting Standard 17 (IFRS 17), the international accounting standard relating to insurance contracts. (See Department of Finance Canada, Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable, Cat No.:1719-7740, p. 210. [Budget 2022]). ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 2:17 PM

Anti-vaccine movement’s fundamental lack of honesty Demonstrators

The anti-vaccine movement lacks integrity and is not to be trusted. To make this point clear, one need look no further than their relationship with the preservative thimerosal.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 11:56 AM

Cultural competence in civil litigation Multicoloured figures

There are many difficult topics of conversations in legal practice. I will attempt to give voice to one in this piece and that is understanding and increasing cultural competence in civil litigation.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 8:59 AM

U.S. Federal Trade Commission, guidance on online reviews Person on laptop making online reviews

In January 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (which performs a similar consumer protection role in the U.S. to the Canadian Competition Bureau) released two guidance documents that outline key principles for the collection, moderation and publication of consumer reviews. ... [read more]

Monday, April 25, 2022 @ 2:59 PM

Resellers of pre-construction real estate: Budget 2022 has some bad news, some good news Building under construction2

A typical purchase agreement for a pre-construction residential property has a closing date scheduled months, often years, in advance. As purchasers wait for the construction to complete/the transaction to close, some choose to assign their rights under the purchase agreement for the property for a fee. Federal Budget 2022 proposes new tax rules that will affect both such assignors and assignees. ... [read more]

Monday, April 25, 2022 @ 1:30 PM

In the name of truckers: Public health, law and the sorry history of modern anti-vaccine movement Demonstrators

The recently ended protests in Ottawa and elsewhere were supposedly done in the name of truckers, though very few actual truckers were involved.  ... [read more]

Monday, April 25, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

Canadian incentives to convert innovation to intellectual property rights World IP Day

Intellectual property (IP) continues to grow its profile in the technology world. Big companies have long filed patents and trademarks as a strategy to protect and monetize the fruits of their R&D. As more startup companies were created, particularly in the 1990s, patent filings increasingly became part of the pathway to obtain investors and, hopefully, commercial success. ... [read more]

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]