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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Powers of attorney for mobile clients: Other jurisdictions and Ontario suitcase_travel_sm

More thought and planning is needed to deal with incapacity issues in our increasingly mobile society, in particular powers of attorney for personal care and advance health directives. Without proper planning, should a person become incapable and live or have assets in other jurisdictions, they and their family could be subject to court proceedings to appoint a guardian or equivalent, which is intrusive, expensive and subject to ongoing court supervision. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

Disrupt or be disrupted: Amazoning of legal services manholdingphone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have stealthily initiated a plan to disrupt legal services with the introduction of an IP Accelerator in October. It was a quiet product launch by any standard, although not unusual given Amazon’s reputation for running market tests before fully launching new products and services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Navigating privacy breaches for charities, NFPs info_data_breach_sm

Privacy breaches are a real risk for all organizations, including charities and not-for-profits (NFPs), and can result in a range of consequences including legal liability, litigation and class action lawsuits, regulatory investigation and enforcement, business interruption, financial loss and reputational damage. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Advising international charities while staying on CRA’s good side Donating money

It is a credit to the profession that lawyers around the country volunteer so much of their professional time to charities. In this context, we are often called upon to advise charities on the nature of their obligations when operating internationally. Therefore, lawyers must be aware of the lay of the land if they are to properly advise their clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Understanding EBUGs: To Ayres is human Toyhockeyplayers.jpg

David Ayres, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, was called into action for the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 22 in their 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 9:28 AM

Chairpersons for CETA state to state disputes: Where are the women, Canada? canada_ceta_sm

The roster of arbitrators for state to state dispute settlement under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) and its member states has no women on its list of chairpersons.   ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

Tribunals and courts: Defining reasonableness judicial_review_sm

My first article in this series discussed the legal controversy over the standard of review that Canadian courts should apply when reviewing administrative decision making. This article will continue by posing the question: What does reasonableness review mean? ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

What coronavirus could mean to jail, bail, lockdowns, release twoprisonersinorange

The outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus, has been well covered in the media. While the risks associated with the outbreak are not as concerning as many other diseases, the fast spread of a novel virus is a cause for concern. Travel has been affected and many large-scale events have been cancelled or rescheduled in a hope to limit the spread of the virus. One of the most common locations being publicized is the outbreak on various cruise ships. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 3:39 PM

Unequal property division under s. 95 of the Family Law Act Dividing money

Since the Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011, c. 25 (FLA) came into force in 2013, courts have grappled with the meaning of “significantly unfair” reapportionment claims. In B.C., separating spouses may be entitled to a greater portion of family property if they can prove that it would be significantly unfair to divide the family’s property equally. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 2:09 PM

Recommendations for Labour Code amendments explained Manandwomanchangingrule_Sm1.jpg

The Canada Labour Code (CLC) is undergoing a substantial overhaul; significant amendments have already come into force. Last year, an Independent Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards made five additional recommendations for other potential amendments to the CLC with regard to the following issues: ... [read more]