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Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Decisions when acting for family with child with disability kidinmuddledbrain.jpg

Family law clients come to us with myriad issues, including supporting a child with a disability. While resolving child-related disputes can be challenging on their own, parents caring for a child with a disability creates additional complexity. ... [read more]

Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 1:28 PM

How regulators must keep pace with autonomous vehicles caronroadatnight.jpg

The United States, Britain, Singapore and New Zealand are among the leading countries that have embraced autonomous vehicles and created legislation to oversee their development and deployment. The legislation in these countries provides fewer barriers for the integration of driverless vehicles on public roads and encourages innovation in the automotive industry. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

B.C. civil rule amendment could cut costs, timelines considerably businessmansshakingguy.jpg

A very significant amendment to the British Columbia Supreme Court Civil Rules was enacted without warning on Feb. 11, 2019, in relation to expert reports in motor vehicle claims and personal injury actions. The amendment applies to all personal injury actions as of Feb. 1, 2010. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Quebec looking to join ownership transparency trend id_card_sm

As our world becomes more mobile and connected, governments including at the provincial and federal levels in Canada, have taken this as a cue to legislate increased ownership transparency (i.e., to identify beneficial owners and their residence or citizenship in situations where the ownership is acquired through a nominee). This is with a view, among other goals, to combating perceived tax evasion and excessive property speculation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 2:46 PM

Access to environmental justice in Canada: The road ahead roadaheadlandscape

Across Canada, low-income persons and disadvantaged communities often bear a disproportionate burden of the adverse health and environmental impacts from contaminants that are discharged into air, land and water. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Joint and several liability under attack Injuryinsurance

In my previous column, I advised that the Ontario government is reviewing auto insurance to “make it more affordable.” Since then, the government has also introduced a review of the principle of joint and several liability, at least in terms of how it affects municipalities. None of this can be good news for victims injured as a result of others’ negligence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

The sanctity of citizenship in Canada, the U.K. cancelled_passport_sm

In February, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the citizenship of Shamima Begum. Begum, a London-born 19-year old woman, was recruited by the Islamic State and married to an ISIS soldier at 15. She holds no other nationality and as a result of the revocation, she is currently stateless. A storm of discussion has erupted on the other side of the pond and prompted my own thoughts on the sanctity of citizenship and the purgatory of statelessness, in Canada and abroad. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

High cost of Toronto housing: Elephants in the room elephant_room_sm

In my first article on this subject I offered some reasons why housing is so expensive in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are some more elephants in the affordable housing room. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 2:28 PM

Navigating new options proposed for addressing salary overpayments magnetwithmoney

When an employer overpays an employee, it is tempting to think the solution is simple: arrange for a repayment agreement. However, the rules regarding treatment of income tax and government plan deductions, particularly when the overpayment is in a prior year, are complicated and put most of the onus on the employee. These requirements make an awkward situation all the more difficult, leaving both the employer and the employee frustrated. As a result of the errors created by the Phoenix payroll system, the federal government experienced this frustration firsthand, which has led it to propose a new, more straightforward approach. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Canadian cannabis: Challenges and global opportunities cannabis_canadian_sm

On April 1, the first bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail stores became legal in Ontario. While cannabis was legalized countrywide on Oct. 17, the government-run online Ontario Cannabis Store has so far been the only legal outlet for cannabis in Ontario. Although Canada’s most populous province has only given 10 stores the green light to open on April 1, the first phase of cannabis legalization is now largely complete. ... [read more]