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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Amendments to new QST registration regime for suppliers outside Quebec Shopping cart w laptop

In 2018, the Quebec government announced the implementation of a new and parallel Quebec sales tax (QST) registration system under which (i) non-Canadian suppliers with no physical or significant presence in Quebec are required to collect and remit the QST on taxable incorporeal movable property and services they supply in Quebec to Quebec consumers; and (ii) Canadian suppliers with no physical or significant presence in Quebec are required to collect and remit the QST on taxable corporeal movable property they supply in Quebec to Quebec consumers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Art as loan collateral: What lenders want art_collection_sm

You are a collector in Canada of Canadian and international art and now have an opportunity to purchase another important artwork for your collection. You do not have ready cash. You do not want to tie up your personal or business credit, since it may be needed for other purposes. You think about whether you can utilize your existing art collection as collateral, normally a non-revenue generating asset.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 9:19 AM

Mental health issues in condominiums: Steps to obtain psychiatric assessment stressedoutguy

The prevalence of mental illness in Canada cannot be emphasized enough. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

OSC whistleblower program report card whistle_blower_sm

In July 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched the first program in Canada to provide compensation to whistleblowers for confidential tips that result in successful prosecution of individuals engaged in corporate misconduct. This article provides key program updates that have occurred since February 2018 and our views on the potential challenges faced by the program in evaluating its success. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 4:10 PM

Apportionment or double counting in determining catastrophic impairment Brain on blue background

Under the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule (SABS) and associated case law, an applicant will meet the legal definition of catastrophic impairment pursuant to the SABS if it is determined that he/she has suffered a combination of physical and psychological impairments that amount to a whole person impairment in excess of 55 per cent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Health, safety, vacation differences between U.S. and Canada employment laws Americanpills

This is the final installation in a three-part series about differences between American and Canadian employment laws. Part one addressed employment agreements; part two explained termination, payroll and overtime issues. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 10:48 AM

Never give your phone to police even as proof of vehicle registration Fingerprint cellphone

Recently, the Ontario government announced that it would permit drivers to carry digital proof of registration for their vehicles. This would mean that any time a police officer stopped a vehicle and asked for proof of a licence, insurance and registration, the driver could simply hand over their phone to the officer to satisfy the registration requirement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

Equitable fraud: Overlooked arrow in lawyer’s quiver fraud_concept_sm

The doctrine of undue influence is frequently employed to attack gifts. However, can the doctrine of equitable fraud apply when the requirements of undue influence are not otherwise met? That is the subject of this article. ... [read more]

Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Ignore new estate law technology at your peril digital_will_sm

Current wills and estates lawyers may be facing a familiar technology change that happened to a similar group of professionals in the 1980s. These professionals were very concerned at the prospect of new software putting them out of business. This new technology was going to severely cut into their profits by eliminating much of what they did on a daily basis. Some of them tried to resist using that new technology — but, not surprisingly, the benefits of technology could not be ignored. ... [read more]

Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Ontario drivers get green light for electronic proof of auto insurance Woman holding cellphone

As of Sept. 5, Ontario has become the fourth jurisdiction in Canada to approve the use of electronic proof of auto insurance, allowing drivers to display their auto insurance card on their mobile devices. The approval, granted by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario and announced by Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, gives consumers a convenient alternative to the paper “pink card” version. ... [read more]