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Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

The importance of accurate wording in termination provisions blankcontract_Sm.jpg

Three separate cases from the Court of Appeal concerning termination provisions in employment contracts have unfortunately not provided the clarity that many workplace lawyers sought. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

How to help your employees do their democratic duty electionbox_sm.jpg

Voting is a fundamental right and Thursday June 7’s provincial election promises to be a transformative event for Ontario. Many employers have been fielding questions along the lines of “do I get Thursday afternoon off?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

Forward into the past: backdating legal agreements backdated_document_sm

On several occasions in my practice, I have been called upon to backdate a document. Such requests may not be as innocent as they seem. ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

Family mediation finally going mainstream: Justice Gloria Epstein mediansymbol_sm.jpg

“There has been a paradigm shift in family law, away from the traditional adversarial role of solving family law disputes,”  Justice Gloria Epstein, a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, said in her keynote address to more than 120 attendees of the second bi-annual Unconference, held May 3, 2018, at the Centre for Social Innovation and organized by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO). ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Planning for succession of a cottage or vacation home: Consider the taxes cottage_tax_sm

Concerns about inheritance of the cottage or vacation property, including who, how and when are often worrisome for owners. In our last article, we discussed personal and emotional considerations in planning for the succession of a cottage (or other vacation home). This article will focus on the tax issues to be reviewed when planning for a cottage or vacation home. ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

Emojis and emoticons: New tools for harassment or innocent silly faces? emoji.jpg

From verbal disagreements to physical altercations to the use of social media, both child and adult bullying has evolved over the past five decades. No longer do individuals have to gain strength physically or mentally to berate or threaten another person. Incivility and criminal activity can now be conducted with a click of a button or a creation of a website or Facebook page. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

Approaches to grandparental access Grandfolks_sm.jpg

Grandparents are increasingly called upon to assist with child care. They are often available on a moment’s notice and adore caring for their darling grandkids — for most grandparents it’s not a job, it’s a pleasure and privilege. However, this harmonious family interdependency can lead to conflict and heartache when there is an unfortunate breakdown in the relationship of the parents or the untimely death of a parent. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

Express Entry applications show what Canada values express_entry_sm

So far in 2018, we have seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue 10 rounds of invitations to Express Entry candidates. Given the current volume of high-scoring candidates in the pool, candidates must be highly competitive to be selected. The following factors can significantly impact a candidate’s chances of success and reflect the qualities most desired in Canada’s current economic immigration system. ... [read more]

Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:31 AM

Following the money: Decision illustrates CRA’s determination follow_money_sm

Taxpayers should comply with all appropriate audit requests by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Its auditors have extensive powers under the Income Tax Act. Generally speaking, unless information or documents are protected by privilege or beyond the scope of the audit request, everything an auditor requests must be provided. Otherwise, the CRA will relentlessly deploy progressively forceful tools, including requirements and compliance orders, culminating in fines and imprisonment for deliberate and wilful contempt. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

To lend a car or not to lend a car, that is the question 2carcrash_sm.jpg

How often have you lent your car to a family member, friend or colleague without giving it a second thought? Perhaps it’s time you reconsidered. ... [read more]