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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:05 AM

New Toronto partner for Stikeman Elliott

Stikeman Elliott welcomed Kevin Ackhurst as a partner in its competition and foreign investment group in Toronto. Ackhurst is competition lawyer who brings over 20 years of experience in the field. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:05 AM

New associate joins Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry welcomed Philip Yang to the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

COVID-19 created ‘perfect storm of market volatility,’ says director of investor clinic Poonam Puri, IPC academic director

The Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) has seen legal aid inquiries more than double over the course of the pandemic, showing how COVID-19 has created a “perfect storm of market volatility.” According to the IPC’s 2021 annual report, the clinic has “completed 57 intake interviews between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, up from 18 in the same period last year.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 5:28 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Tax avoidance - General anti-avoidance rule - Misuse and abuse

Appeal by the Crown from a Tax Court decision allowing the respondent’s deduction of unused non-capital losses and other deductions on the basis that the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) did not apply to a tax loss monetization agreement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

Ontario releases proof of COVID-19 vaccination regulations, expands third dose eligibility

On Sept. 14, the Ontario government released regulations and further guidance for businesses regarding the proof of vaccination policy which will be in force as of Sept. 22. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Federal party platforms on Indigenous human rights show deep divide | Pamela Palmater

After a month of campaigning, a staggered release of platforms and completion of the election debates, we have a good idea of where the main federal party leaders stand on Indigenous issues. While all of them pledged a general commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples during those debates, we heard few details about their actual plans, especially as it relates to ending genocide against Indigenous women and girls. This means that we have to search party platforms for details on how they plan to address violence against Indigenous women, systemic racism in policing and human rights in general. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Avoiding transfer pricing disputes — A look at advance pricing arrangement program Businessman crossing between two blocks over money

In the first of two articles, we explore Canada’s advance pricing arrangement (APA) program. The APA is an arrangement between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the taxpayer that covers specific transactions between the taxpayer and related non-resident entities. The Competent Authority Services Division (CASD) of the CRA is responsible for administering and negotiating all APAs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Employers’ EI premium rate to be the same in 2022, feds say

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission has announced next year’s premiums for employment insurance (EI) and the maximum insurable earnings for 2022. The EI premium rates for 2022 are set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees, and $2.21 for employers. Employers will pay 1.4 times the employee rate — a premium rate unchanged from 2020 and 2021, according to a Sept. 14 news release from Employment and Social Development Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 8:47 AM

Commercial exploitation of Italian history, art Canal in Venice

Italian cultural, music, art and landscapes are among the most exploited resources by companies around the globe. Just think of the entertainment industry — in Hollywood as well as in Canada. It uses Italian culture as inspiration much more often than you might expect. That is the reason Canadian lawyers assisting domestic and international companies must have a basic knowledge of the legal framework ruling the commercial exploitation of the cultural heritage and environmentof the Italian peninsula.    ... [read more]