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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 8:35 AM

Corporate immigration compliance for COVID-19 visa_stamp_sm

These are challenging times for Canadian businesses who are managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. With official government instructions on social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions changing on a nearly daily basis, what additional considerations are there for Canadian employers of foreign nationals? How do employers stay compliant with immigration laws while managing the myriad issues that we are currently facing? ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

Ontario declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases increase

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency under s. 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in a press conference on March 17. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

BYLAWS AND RESOLUTIONS - Statutory authority - Purpose of bylaw - Grounds for invalidity

Appeal by business owners from an order granting the City an injunction enjoining them from carrying on business as marijuana dispensaries without business licenses issued by the City. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Right to be informed of the specific offence

Appeal by the accused from conviction for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Trademarks: Official marks reined in Stampcheckmark

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the registration of an official mark in the face of a claim for infringement is not a valid defence to such a claim. The term “official mark” is used to describe marks adopted and used by a public authority, in Canada as a mark for goods or services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

Grace period for U.S. citizens is over: Big Brother is watching george_washington_sm

Canadian banks operating in Canada have been facing a big headache because of a U.S. law called FATCA and that ache may just get much worse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 4:53 PM

Canadian employers facing challenges over COVID-19 Anne Gallop

With the spread of COVID-19 picking up speed, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic, it is beginning to have a ripple effect on global industry and markets. Supply chains are being disrupted, travel restrictions are being imposed by growing numbers of countries and containment measures are being introduced. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:47 PM

Clarity for limited partnerships and foreign buyers’ tax? Budget update Wooden house

On Feb. 18, the government of B.C. introduced its 2020 provincial budget. Included in the budget is a new exemption from the additional property transfer tax, commonly known as the “foreign buyers’ tax,” which will be available for qualifying Canadian-controlled limited partnerships. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

Alberta Airbnb decision could have national implications, lawyer says Erin Berney, Field Law

An Alberta judge has ruled individuals who used short-term rental sites like Airbnb to stay at an Edmonton condominium complex were not tenants of condo owners but in fact licensing the units commercially, a decision the condo board’s lawyer is saying could have implications across the country. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

A checklist for franchise causes of action: Statutory claims franchise_magnify_sm

This article provides an outline of frequently claimed substantive causes of action in franchise disputes. The causes of action addressed in this article are statutory claims. ... [read more]