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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]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

Canadian tax basis bump: An introduction for non-tax practitioners Tax planning

The Canadian tax “bump” allows the cost basis of certain corporate assets to be increased, under certain conditions, to their fair market value. This may facilitate an internal reorganization or a potential sale of the bumped assets to a third party on a tax-free basis, making the bump a valuable planning tool. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 8:36 AM

Program can minimize business interruptions like COVID-19, rail strike Arrowmaze

Businesses across Canada are still feeling the effects of the recent CN rail blockades that continue to cause delays in the movement of goods. Moreover, the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has seriously impacted the importation of goods from Asia. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 1:11 PM

Miller Thomson adds IP associate in Toronto

Miller Thomson LLP announced that associate Divya Shahani has joined the firm’s business law group in its Toronto office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

Run but not hide: U.S. court to rule on Canadian disgorgement order money_magnet_sm

The Nevada Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal of a Nevada District Court’s decision which, if upheld, will mark the first time a U.S. court recognizes an order from a Canadian securities regulator. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 2:02 PM

Navigating privacy breaches for charities, NFPs info_data_breach_sm

Privacy breaches are a real risk for all organizations, including charities and not-for-profits (NFPs), and can result in a range of consequences including legal liability, litigation and class action lawsuits, regulatory investigation and enforcement, business interruption, financial loss and reputational damage. ... [read more]