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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Tax reduction advantages from incorporation for self-employed Youngwomanwithaclipboard

There are many advantages to incorporation. One of the biggest of these is the very low corporate tax rate on what is called small business income, which also applies to professional income. Self-employed professionals who earn high incomes can significantly leverage the power of compounded investment returns and end up with a much higher net worth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Fantastic truths, where to find them: Depp’s sunken libel claim Skull

In the middle of a global pandemic, you could be forgiven for not keeping tabs on Johnny Depp’s libel case against the British tabloid newspaper, The Sun. However, the recently released judgment was brought Depp’s behaviour back into the spotlight, and not in the way he had hoped. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 11:42 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal addresses insurance provision applicable to additional insureds Transformers

The Ontario Court of Appeal (the court) in Sky Clean Energy Ltd. v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company 2020 ONCA 558, recently addressed the availability of insurance coverage to an additional insured. The appellant in this case was the project owner (the owner), a developer of solar energy projects. The contractor was an electrical company. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

Credibility, reliability keys to sex assault appeal addledheadshot

Sexual assaults are some of the most heinous crimes perpetrated in our society. The effects are long lasting for victims. The intergenerational trauma which can result from such assaults is significant. This is why such matters are treated as they are. However, the criminal justice system is built on a bedrock of only punishing those which the state has proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Society can lose faith in the justice system if wrongdoers are not punished but even more so should a wrongful conviction ensue. It is these competing interests that trial judges must consider as they assess evidence which is presented to them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

Don’t count on ‘zombie deeds’ in estate planning: Part one deed_signing_sm

Alitha Elizabeth Elliott transferred her house on April 18, 2017. There was only one problem: Elliott was dead. She died three days earlier on April 15, 2017. But this was not the case of a miraculous resurrection or a stolen identity; this was another case of a so-called “zombie deed.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada supreme_court_question_sm

There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 10:56 AM

SEO: The tune Google loves to hear SEO

Digital marketing, like music, has changed significantly since the days of dial-up connections and Ask Jeeves. But don’t throw out your SARS concert tee quite yet. Even techno-Luddites can learn and apply the skills needed to help their law firm’s site show up on Google’s home page and attract more legal clients online. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Family cottage: Registering real estate agreements on title, interfamily sales cottage2

“Some people create their own storms, and then get upset when it rains.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

Supreme Court of Canada refines Charter equality rights in RCMP pension case Mounties

The Supreme Court of Canada has reaffirmed and refreshed the broad scope for equality rights under s. 15 of the Charter, in a ruling that has instantly become one of the most significant anti-discrimination cases in this century. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

The Immortals: Newfoundland trademark registrations Newfoundland

Most Canadians are at least passingly familiar with the fact that Newfoundland and Labrador has its own time zone — you can almost hear the commercials advising that the hockey game will start at 8 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland. What is less commonly known is that Newfoundland and Labrador (Newfoundland) also has its own register of trademarks — the only province to do so.  But, if you want to register a trademark in Newfoundland, you are about 70 years too late. The reasons for that, and the continued existence of Newfoundland trademark registrations, are historical and date back to Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation. ... [read more]