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Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

It doesn’t end just because she moves out Upset woman

When a woman who has been living in an abusive relationship makes the difficult decision to leave her partner, she hopes to leave the abuse behind. Sadly, in most cases, the abuse will follow her out the door and remain a defining factor in her life — and the lives of her children — for months and even years. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

In dogged pursuit of Punky’s Law Punky_sm.jpg

Who knew municipal law making happens at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday? Not me. I had put myself on the speaker’s list at city hall in Vancouver in reponse to a motion I read about concerning dangerous dogs that I believed needed a serious revision before it could help dogs and not inadvertently cause an access to justice for animals problem for dogs and their humans trying to access a second chance and to avail themselves of rehabilitation. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Trademarks: Official marks reined in Stampcheckmark

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the registration of an official mark in the face of a claim for infringement is not a valid defence to such a claim. The term “official mark” is used to describe marks adopted and used by a public authority, in Canada as a mark for goods or services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

Grace period for U.S. citizens is over: Big Brother is watching george_washington_sm

Canadian banks operating in Canada have been facing a big headache because of a U.S. law called FATCA and that ache may just get much worse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:47 PM

Clarity for limited partnerships and foreign buyers’ tax? Budget update Wooden house

On Feb. 18, the government of B.C. introduced its 2020 provincial budget. Included in the budget is a new exemption from the additional property transfer tax, commonly known as the “foreign buyers’ tax,” which will be available for qualifying Canadian-controlled limited partnerships. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Social media deep dive: Estate complications socialmedia_conveyor_sm

As with any online account, an individuals’ use of social media and their preferences for handling those accounts on incapacity and death will depend on how they used those social platforms while living. This can get complicated for estate planners for the following reasons: ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Effective IP strategy: Patenting treatment for COVID-19 infections LabResearcher

From plunging stock markets and travel bans to closed schools and self-quarantines, the fast evolving COVID-19 outbreak, now declared a pandemic, is impacting businesses and lives around the world. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

A checklist for franchise causes of action: Statutory claims franchise_magnify_sm

This article provides an outline of frequently claimed substantive causes of action in franchise disputes. The causes of action addressed in this article are statutory claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Canadian tax basis bump: An introduction for non-tax practitioners Tax planning

The Canadian tax “bump” allows the cost basis of certain corporate assets to be increased, under certain conditions, to their fair market value. This may facilitate an internal reorganization or a potential sale of the bumped assets to a third party on a tax-free basis, making the bump a valuable planning tool. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 1:03 PM

Corporate immigration compliance: Employee support as a benefit work_permit_sm

Our global marketplace means that more and more companies are seeking talent beyond the borders of their own business entity and without regard to nationality. The need to source talent across the world brings with it complexities for employers regarding compliance with local immigration and employment laws, as well as domestic organizations whose priority is the protection of the local labour market. In Canada, that concern principally lies with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC or Service Canada). In the U.S., those responsibilities are shared with the Department of Labor. ... [read more]