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Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Copyright and memes: Drake effect, exceptions to infringement Youngfolksphonelaughing.jpg

In 2015, Drake released “Hotline Bling” with a slick music video. A meme soon emerged using frames from the video, in which Drake is shown reacting to two different images: rejecting image A, and embracing image B. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Whose phone is it, anyway? Privacy rights when employees use corporate devices Hands using cellphone and laptop

As businesses have adapted to operating remotely, many have had to provide electronic devices to employees in order to ensure they remain productive. A question that has become more prevalent is what privacy rights an employee has in information stored on corporate-owned electronic devices? ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the second of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:49 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 4:54 PM

Trudeau says ‘COVID Alert’ national contact tracing app to be made available July 1 in Canada Justin Trudeau

Ottawa and Ontario plan to roll out for testing in that province July 1 a “completely voluntary, anonymous and secure” mobile contact tracing application for COVID-19 that will also be offered to everyone across the country — although buy-in from the other provinces and territories must still be obtained to make the app fully operational nationally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

How to limit recruitment costs post-COVID-19 threemenpushingballs

In part one of this series, I discussed the potential actions your firm may have needed to take to respond to this crisis to ensure the survival of your firm and its legacy. In that same vein, in this column, I will highlight some strategies that you may have taken or should have taken to ensure you keep your people. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

The reopening: Rundown on franchise system changes system_changes_sm

As businesses start to reopen more fulsome operations, retail franchises may need to implement changes to their premises and sometimes to their systems and even business models. Changes may range from the simple addition of safety fixtures on the premises, to adding new product lines or delivery methods. Franchisees, in turn, may be required to make these changes to their operations, often at a significant cost. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

Trudeau government to give economic ‘snapshot’ to nation

The federal government will be providing a “fiscal snapshot” of COVID-19’s impact on Canada’s economy, what has been done to soften the blow and what the short-term future may hold. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Tax planning strategies in a market downturn: Loss Two people with calculator

In our last two articles, we discussed tax and estate planning and asset-protection strategies for taking advantage of lower business and asset valuations brought about by COVID-19 and reducing creditor and liability risk, respectively. This week, we will overview certain strategies that can minimize the immediate or eventual tax consequences of this downturn for businesses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Ontario extends emergency orders to June 30

The Ontario government has announced the extension of all emergency orders until June 30. ... [read more]