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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

Taking a hit: Marijuana risks at the U.S. border marijuana_border_sm

Marijuana use does not carry the same stigma that it used to in North America — or at least, not with some. Unfortunately, Canadians and other foreigners entering or living within the U.S. still face significant potential consequences if they admit to having ever possessed marijuana, even if they did so where it was legal based on local laws. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Malpractice claims regarding wills double in a decade exploding_document_sm

While wills and estates may never rival litigation or real estate as a risky practice area for lawyers, LAWPRO has seen the average annual number of wills claims double over the past ten years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

How new mortgage stress-test rules will affect the market stress_test_sm

In October 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) introduced new mortgage lending rules that took effect on January 1, 2018. Now, regardless of the amount of the down payment, financial institutions are required to evaluate mortgage applications on the basis of the new stress test. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Facebook data sweep raises legal and ethical issues facebookbauer

Privacy law has been in the spotlight following the reveal of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, raising important legal and ethical issues. Corporate entities, which advertise on social media or collect data through online tools, need to be apprised of the ever-changing legal framework around these practices. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

Securities commissions weigh in on big weed deal business_takeover_sm

The Ontario and Saskatchewan securities commissions recently released joint reasons for their orders issued following a joint hearing held last December in relation to an unsolicited takeover bid by Aurora Cannabis Inc. for Cannimed Therapeutics Inc., one of the oldest participants in Canada’s medical marijuana market. These reasons shed some light on how the commissions will interpret the new takeover bid regime implemented in 2016 under National Instrument 62-104. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Mortgage fraud increase: Watching for the red flags mortgage_fraud_sm

Mortgage fraud is a significant issue for lawyers who practise in residential and commercial real estate transactions. A recent Internet search with the keywords “mortgage fraud” revealed at least four articles from this year, illustrating its increased occurrence. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

What bills C-44 and C-4 mean to Canadian employers Belisle C-44

In June 2017, two key pieces of legislation tabled by the federal government that have serious consequences for federally regulated employers received royal assent. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Strict compliance to form essential in family arbitration agreements divorce_agreement_sm

Family arbitration in Ontario under the Arbitration Act requires that counsel respect certain formalities when concluding an arbitration agreement, failing which the agreement and the award are of no force or effect.  This is an exception to the general rule in commercial arbitration where the mere intention of entering into an arbitration agreement is sufficient to bind the parties. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

The miracle of a 10-day labour market impact assessment approval fast_track_sm

As corporate immigration lawyers know, the Temporary Foreign Worker (“TFW”) Program and the Labour Market Impact Assessment process (“LMIA”) has a reputation for lacking transparency in the decision-making process due to the absence of clear policy. Yet sometimes when no other options are available, the LMIA can be just exactly what is needed to get the job done. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

From old photos to Ashley Madison account: Managing a digital legacy digital_legacy_sm

Increasingly, the records of our lives exist only in electronic storage devices. As a result, we need to think about the practical results of this online existence, both individually and collectively, and executors, with the lawyers who advise them, need to consider how to cope with the administration of the flotsam and jetsam of our digital lives. ... [read more]