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Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:24 PM

Construction materials supplier appeals disclosure of customer information Bank account passbook

The case of Roofmart Ontario Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) 2020 FCA 85 deals with unnamed persons requirements under s. 231.2(2) and (3) of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.) and its equivalent subsection 289(3) of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 11:16 AM

Closing real estate deals during COVID-19 cartoonman

All lawyers are dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, whether it is operating remotely, reduced business and maintaining a safe environment for our staff. It is no different for real estate lawyers. Once real estate was designated as an essential service, it was up to real estate lawyers to figure out how to work together to get deals done, safely and securely. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Obstacles to reuniting families at border during COVID-19 separated_family_sm

Since the government of Canada first announced in late March that it was closing Canada’s borders, many foreign nationals have been separated from their loved ones who live or work in Canada. From complex travel restrictions to disruptions in the processing of Family Class applications, there are numerous challenges and obstacles facing families who are hoping to be reunited in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

How lawyers can help Canada navigate COVID-19 storm Lighthouse

One great tragedy of COVID-19 is that for a generation of people, the two most formative societal events they lived through are the 2008 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. Society and the legal community are now playing a different ball game, except now we’re all blindfolded and six feet apart. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

Calculating foreign income for support purposes Clipboard with calculator and money

The Child Support Guidelines set the benchmark for calculating income for support purposes. The guidelines’ objectives ensure recipients and payors of support in similar circumstances are treated similarly across Canada. If a support payor earns foreign income then the income must be converted to Canadian gross income when determining support. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

Mindful strategies for working remotely: See clearly, respond effectively Womanatlaptop

This global crisis has turned many of our lives upside down. We are all adjusting to a sudden, unexpected new way of working and living such as moving from a firm environment to a home office and collaborating with colleagues and clients remotely. As our work and home lives collide and our social isolation rises, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, disconnected and distracted. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 8:50 AM

Return to work: A privacy balancing act woman_opendoor_sm

According to the recent IAPP-EY Survey Report (APP Survey) titled, Privacy in the Wake of COVID-19, 39 per cent of companies are concerned about their privacy obligations related to the collection of employee health information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

Reopening digitalized economy: Practical privacy, cybersecurity considerations Padlock and chain

As technology has been key to the way individuals, organizations and governments have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis, this article aims to shed light on several privacy and cybersecurity considerations amid the reopening of the Canadian economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Alberta follows Ontario sanctioning ‘upstream’ litigation by videoconference online_trial_sm

In the recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision of Sandhu v. Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Alberta 2020 ABQB 359, Justice Michael Lema found authority in the Alberta Rules of Court and applied recent Ontario authority, among others, to authorize cross-examination on affidavits by videoconference, or “remotely,” given the exigencies of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

Partnerships in resource development: Impact and benefit agreements arcticbeauty

Impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) have emerged as the primary mechanism for Indigenous participation in resource development projects. So, what are IBAs exactly? What are the critical considerations in their negotiation? And what are the steps that follow their conclusion? I’ll answer this and more below. ... [read more]