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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]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 5:41 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Capital gains and losses - General anti-avoidance rule

Appeal by the Crown from a Tax Court decision finding there was no tax benefit for the purposes of s. 245 of the Income Tax Act because of the transactions undertaken by the respondent Bank in relation to certain financing arrangements made for its U.S. subsidiaries, the Harris Group. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 3:34 PM

Ottawa announces $133 million in new funding for Indigenous businesses

The federal government on June 11 announced $133 million in new funding to support Indigenous business through the COVID-19 pandemic and into recovery. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 3:29 PM

Border services agency probing alleged dumping of Chinese decorative plywood

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on June 11 that it is launching investigations to determine whether certain decorative and other non-structural plywood originating in or exported from China is being sold at unfair prices in Canada, and whether subsidies are being applied. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

$10B class action seeking to recoup municipal costs associated with opioid crisis

Over 40 pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors are being hit with a $10-billion class action lawsuit which seeks to recoup the money Canadian municipalities have spent in trying to deal with the opioid crisis. The suit, which was filed in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench by Calgary-based Guardian Law Group on June 3, takes aim at what it alleges are the two primary causes of the opioid crisis ... [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 @ 5:47 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 6:15 PM

Ottawa tables ‘time limits’ bill, but opposition won’t fast-track without compromises

As anticipated, the minority Liberal government introduced its fourth COVID-19-related legislation in the afternoon of June 10, but by early evening federal opposition parties were still refusing to fast-track the proposed law, including rejecting a last-minute Liberal proposal to split off the more contentious parts of Bill C-17 into a separate bill. ... [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 @ 2:16 PM

Ontario child care centres allowed to reopen starting June 12

Child care centres across Ontario will be allowed to reopen as early as June 12 if stipulated safety measures are in place, the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford announced June 9. ... [read more]