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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Looming IRS change could impact doing business in U.S. irs_tax_sm

On March 27, the Internal Revenue Service announced that only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application. This begins May 13. Until now, there has been no such requirement. The IRS says this change is part of its ongoing security review. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Sidewalk Labs and the case for public sector data governance sidewalk_labs_sm

The Google subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, is proposing to create an “innovative urban district” on Toronto’s waterfront to be called Quayside. The goal is to overlay the “physical layer” of the urban environment (buildings, streets, vehicles) with a “digital layer” of information reflecting the dynamic activities and interactions within the physical layer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Robust social media policy vital for charities, not-for-profits donate_online_sm

With the development of new platforms and applications continuously redefining what social media is and how it is used by charities and not-for-profits (NFPs), there are corresponding challenges in applying existing legal frameworks of privacy law, intellectual property (IP) law, tort law, contract law and charity law, among others. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Arbitration: Benefits of One-Judge pilot and much more one_judge_sm

In my first article about the launch of an arbitration pilot project referred to as the “One Judge Model,” I applauded Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice for its efforts. Here are more thoughts on the initiative. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

It’s time to take mandatory mediation national | Stuart Rudner

Back in 1999, mandatory mediation was introduced in a few jurisdictions in Ontario on a trial basis. Which means that mandatory mediation has been part of the legal system in Ontario for as long as I have (I was called to the bar that February). ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Federal budget allows donations to Canadian journalism canadian_journalism_sm

On March 19, the federal government tabled its 2019 budget. The budget includes a number of important tax incentives and amendments that impact the charitable and not-for-profit sector. Of those changes, the most important include the addition of registered journalism organizations (RJOs) as qualified donees, as well as legislative amendments to ensure that certain tax incentives continue to be available for eligible donations of cultural property. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 9:19 AM

Senator’s request highlights CRA’s lack of Panama Papers progress panama_papers_sm

The third anniversary of the massive leak of information from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has been in the news in the first week of April, both in Canada and internationally. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Ontario’s ‘One-Judge’ pilot borrows from arbitration one_judge_sm

On Feb. 1, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice began a two-year pilot project to test-drive one important feature of arbitration — one judge handling all procedural steps in a case: all pretrial hearings, case management conferences and the trial. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Ontario introduces digital self-auditing tool to monitor compliance with ESA Inna Koldorf sm

In its “commitment to a modern, efficient government,” Ontario has introduced a digital self-audit tool to replace paper audits done by employment standards officers (ESOs) on companies’ compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Labour and employment lawyers say they believe this tool will prove effective and save time for employers, but have mixed feelings about non-compliant companies using the tool appropriately. ... [read more]

Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

Stephens named new executive director, general counsel for LEAF

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) announced on April 4 that Megan Stephens has accepted the position of executive director and general counsel, replacing Shaun O’Brien, who was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario on Jan. 31, 2019. ... [read more]