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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

NAFTA: New occupational classifications long overdue NAFTA_employment_sm

Amidst a flurry of activity on immigration issues and topics since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, NAFTA has remained one of the hottest and most persistent topics circulating in the North American business community and beyond. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Doug Ford and Ontario taxes: Dawn of a new era? tax_question_sm

Premier-elect Doug Ford boasted that Ontario is now open for business. Certainly, many of his tax proposals are business friendly and if enacted will provide welcome tax relief for both business and individuals. With a solid majority, the new PC government has the parliamentary power to enact any tax relief that it chooses, but it may lack the fiscal ability to do so. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

The question of medical negligence in British Columbia’s Cambridge affair blanksuperhero_sm.jpg

As described in part one of this series, Drs. Sean and Rosemarie Cambridge, two foreign-trained physicians, provided medical care to hundreds of patients in Chilliwack, B.C., from 2011 to 2017, under a provisional medical licence issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Pipelines and pot — a primer on paramountcy pipelineundercity_sm.jpg

The federal government’s announcement that it was purchasing the rights to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline opened a new front in the battle over whether and how Canada should transport hydrocarbon-based energy sources, largely from Alberta, from “wellhead to tidewater.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Prejudgment interest: Challenges and solutions prejudgment_interest_sm

While the prejudgment interest (PJI) regime varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, all regimes have one thing in common — the rates are remarkably low, presently generally in the one per cent range, and without compounding. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

New OPC consent guidelines mean adjustments to privacy procedures digital_privacy_sm

On May 24, 2018 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published two important new guidance documents. These guidance documents follow a more than two-year process of review and stakeholder consultation by the OPC focusing on the role and viability of consent under the federal privacy law, PIPEDA, in the context of advances in technology, including digital media, big data and artificial intelligence. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Supreme Court’s TWU decision: an illiberal outcome Humanoids_sm.jpg

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Trinity Western decisions (Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 33; Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University 2018 SCC 32) are being celebrated by many as a win for diversity. In truth, the “diversity” advanced by the majority’s reasons is not authentic diversity at all. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

Exploring the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation Pot_pollution_sm.jpg

With the passage of Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) by the House of Commons and Senate this week, Canada is on the verge of becoming the first G-7 country to legalize recreational cannabis. While much of the focus of cannabis legalization has been on public health and safety, the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation are only starting to be explored. Depending on the nature and location of a proposed facility, the cultivation of cannabis on a commercial scale entail a number of environmental considerations. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

New law paves way for Henson trusts for estate planning in Alberta disability_trust_sm

New legislation was passed in Alberta on June 11, 2018, that marks a significant change to estate planning for families of individuals with disabilities. Amendments have been made to the province’s legislation to allow for trusts to be set up to provide for individuals with disabilities without negatively affecting his or her eligibility for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Ontario proposing income tax credit instead of minimum wage hike tax_cut_sm

With the election of Doug Ford as Ontario’s new Premier comes changes that will have immediate repercussions for a large number of employees in the Province. These changes will be felt particularly by lower income employees who rely upon the protections provided by minimum wage legislation. ... [read more]