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Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Canadian cannabis: Challenges and global opportunities cannabis_canadian_sm

On April 1, the first bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail stores became legal in Ontario. While cannabis was legalized countrywide on Oct. 17, the government-run online Ontario Cannabis Store has so far been the only legal outlet for cannabis in Ontario. Although Canada’s most populous province has only given 10 stores the green light to open on April 1, the first phase of cannabis legalization is now largely complete. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 10:32 AM

Observing World Health Day through Canadian legal lens xrayhead&Heart.jpg

World Health Day is recognized on April 7 each year. It was an initiative of the World Health Organization to draw attention to health issues on a global scale. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Budget affects stock options, TFSAs and Individual Pension Plans Canadian_Tax_sm

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled the Liberal government’s federal budget. He forecasts another year of deficits — $15 billion for the current year, $20 billion for next year, and no forecast for a return to a balanced budget any time soon. This is a far cry from the government’s pre-election promise of balancing the budget by 2019 as they will have added $75 billion to the national debt under their current mandate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Corporate director owes duty of care to injured workers: Alberta Court of Appeal

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled a director of a construction company was liable for injuries suffered on a job site, despite his arguing any negligent act that may have been committed was done as an employee and not an officer of the company. The respondent, Doug Stewart, is a director of DWS Construction. He was involved in the installation of a temporary staircase in a home that later collapsed, injuring a number of workers from another company. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Better clarity needed on ‘normal course of trade’ in trademark case: lawyer Peter Choe, Gowling WLG

A lawyer in a trademark case is pledging to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada after the Federal Court of Appeal said profit is not required when a transfer is made of a good in the “normal course of trade.” The issue in Cosmetic Warriors Limited v. Riches, McKenzie & Herbert LLP 2019 FCA 48 deals with the trademark “Lush,” owned by cosmetics company Cosmetic Warriors in association with “[c]lothing, namely, t-shirts.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Share purchase agreements: Pre-closing tax liabilities corporate_tax_sm

In every share purchase agreement there are various provisions which allocate the risk associated with taxes amongst the buyer and the seller. While each agreement is unique in its details, reflecting the underlying objectives of the parties, there are general provisions, concepts and themes which can be seen in most share purchase agreements in Canada. One such theme is that buyers do not want to be responsible for taxes that relate to the target company’s pre-closing period. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Highly targeted federal budget has winners and losers | Alexandre Dufresne

On March 19, 2019, the Liberal government tabled a highly political and targeted budget, as it prepares for the next elections. ... [read more]

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Despite ‘Trumpocalypse’ U.S. immigration still a hot ticket welcome_u.s._sm

Both sides of the border are experiencing rather unprecedented challenges to the status quo, as they approach new elections in 2019 and 2020. But despite the political circus, businesses in the Great White North have other things to focus on — including signs that all is not well on the economic front. Despite recent job growth, many other indicators show that the Canadian economy is struggling, including recent GDP figures that show the economy shrank in December. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Proposed tort of harassment fails at Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has decided not to recognize a proposed tort of harassment in a dispute between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and an employee, which has been ongoing since 2007. However, this may not be the last word on establishing the new tort, as counsel for the employee said it is “looking at seeking leave to appeal” to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Quebec court considers defamation predating limitation period clock_newspaper_sm

Quebec’s Appeal Court in Publications Léonardo ltée v. Ville de St-Lambert, 2019 QCCA 329 upheld a trial judgment denying a newspaper’s attempt to benefit from a shorter prescription period and limitation on damages granted by Quebec’s Press Act CQLR c P-19 because the newspaper had not filed its declaration under the Newspaper Declaration Act, CQLR c J-1. ... [read more]