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Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 2:19 PM

Yale students produce legal industry environmental report card Reportcard2.jpg

Lawyers often justify taking on clients seen by some as reprehensible based on the principle that everyone deserves representation. However, a new report prepared by seven current and former students at Yale Law School seeks to emphasize that, in the context of the climate crisis, law firms have agency over whether they choose to take on clients who are making things better or worse. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Court upholds application of anti-avoidance rule to limited partner: Decision and considerations Cityscape

On Sept. 14, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision on Gladwin Realty Corp. v. Canada 2020 FCA 142. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal from the Tax Court of Canada, denying the tax benefit obtained through a complex series of transactions under the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR). ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

Bringing Canada’s Broadcasting Act into digital age digital_broadcasting_sm

On Nov. 3, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, tabled Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts in the House of Commons, which he characterized as proposing “major changes” to the Broadcasting Act. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 5:53 PM

Company had no duty of care to sandwich shops impacted by meat recall: SCC Sheilah_Martin_sm

A negligence claim by Mr. Sub franchisees suing Maple Leaf Foods for losses suffered from a highly publicized meat recall cannot proceed after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Maple Leaf owed a duty of care not to the shop owners, but to consumers, and cited a lack of contractual connection between it and the franchisees. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

Ottawa extends funding for innovative business subsidy

The federal government has announced it will spend over $155 million to extend an emergency wage subsidy aimed at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement Nov. 6. The money will go towards the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Innovation Assistance Program (IRAP IAP). ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

How business owners and counsel can respond to copyright demand letters maskedman

It is every business owner’s nightmare. One day they receive a letter that states the use of a photograph on their business website is copyright infringement, orders that they take it down and demands that they pay a significant amount of money, usually over a thousand dollars, to settle the matter. The sender is usually either the owner of the copyright or a copyright enforcement agency operating on behalf of the owner. Business owners might not even remember putting the photograph on their website or might be wondering if the letter sender is legitimate. Additionally, such a settlement fee is usually something not provided for in their budgets. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Tech workers impacted by U.S. H-1B visa clampdown look to Canada | Colin Singer

Industry watchers say technology firms in Canada are the likely beneficiaries of U.S. President Donald Trump’s clampdown on the H-1B visa widely used by Silicon Valley companies to bring in highly skilled immigrants. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Infrastructure, Indigenous engagement: A policy perspective Highwaythroughmountains

Federal and many provincial governments continue to confirm their commitment to ensuring that all government action is undertaken with the lens of advancing reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada. At the same time, governments across Canada are touting potential investments in infrastructure as one of their key economic recovery pillars in response to COVID-19. Indigenous communities will continue to have a significant role in determining whether these infrastructure investments are successful. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Four lawyers join Spiegel Sohmer team

Spiegel Sohmer announced that lawyers Ramy Amine, Alexa Clemente, Filipe Costa and Charlotte Oger-Chambonnet have joined its civil and commercial litigation team. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

Charter protection from cruel and unusual punishment for humans, not corporations: SCC Russell_Brown_sm

In a case involving a Quebec construction company fined tens of thousands of dollars for doing work without a licence, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that corporations cannot benefit from the Charter’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment — a right the justices found to be reserved for human beings. ... [read more]