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Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Gender inclusivity on boards in a post-pandemic world Hands of different gender doing a jigsaw

Not long ago, equal gender representation and policies facilitating gender equity were hardly more than nice supplements to company practice. Now, they are requirements for satisfying stakeholders and necessities for any business hoping to thrive or even continue on into the future. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining these Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices is becoming even more critical. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

Successful leave application doesn’t foolproof against summary judgment Chess game checkmate

A seminal Ontario Superior Court decision leaves little doubt that success on an application for leave to appeal under the secondary market liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act (OSA) does not portend success on the merits. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 11:16 AM

Dr. Fill’s career advice: Archeology, dairy farming, anything but law Individual at fork in road

For several years, I struggled with the decision of what to do once I completed high school. I really had no idea. By the time I was 17 and still undecided, my parents got a great tip from a friend: she had sent her son to this marvelous assessment centre in Amsterdam. This place had developed a fail-safe, battle-tested system; they would put you through their custom grinder and then make a definitive judgment on your attitude, aptitude and altitude. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Live animal export en route to slaughter inhumane Boats in the suez canal

Inhumane live animal export en route to slaughter over long distances is a global issue of concern. Over the past half century, global trade in live animal export has grown in leaps and bounds. Animals are exported exhaustingly long distances in various live states, often enduring hardship or death along the way. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 11:58 AM

CRA’s latest tax reporting requirements for trusts: 2021 and beyond Woman with tax form, pencil and books

New tax reporting requirements proposed by the federal government in the 2018 budget have come into effect for the 2021 and subsequent taxation years. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Changes to post-graduation work permit open pathways for international students International students graduating

Canada has consistently been ranked as one of the best countries to immigrate to. Most skilled workers immigrate to Canada under the economic class that uses the Express Entry case management system. Within that management system, candidates will receive a comprehensive ranking system score based on their skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. Candidates in the online Express Entry pool with the highest score would normally receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Purchase and sale of multiple houses lead taxpayers to court Paper houses shown in magnifying glass

A Tax Court of Canada decision (Hansen v. Canada 2020 TCC 102) about a couple who bought and sold five houses over six years has special relevance today, especially in light of sky-high real estate prices. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 11:31 AM

The newly proclaimed Clare’s Law in Alberta Woman talking to police officer

On April 1, 2021, Alberta followed the lead of Saskatchewan in proclaiming “Clare’s Law.” Only the second province to proclaim the legislation, Clare’s Law aims to prevent domestic violence by giving the victims or potential victims of violence in an intimate partner relationship access to information about the history of a partner’s violence or abuse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 10:57 AM

U.S. top court rules Google’s copying Oracle’s code permissible fair use Oracle Corp. Headquarters

The U.S. Supreme Court released a much-anticipated ruling in Google LLC v. Oracle Am., Inc. 2021 U.S. LEXIS 1864, ending the decade-long copyright battle between Google and Oracle, two of Silicon Valley’s technology powerhouses. This ruling represents the first time that the court tackled the fair use doctrine in the context of modern computer software. By a 6-2 vote, the court sided with Google and held that Google’s copying of Oracle’s code was a permissible “fair use” under U.S. law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Expertise of appraisers Three people at table talking about real estate

When navigating the expropriation process, regardless of whether one chooses to voluntarily convey their land to the government (Expropriating Authority) for its public works project or one decides to proceed via an involuntary taking involving delayed compensation, it is essential for landowners to retain their own appraisers and valuators to accurately assess what their taken property is worth. ... [read more]