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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]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 10:58 AM

Still waters run deep: Ramifications of Redwater ancientoilwells_sm.jpg

Just over a month after the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its precedent-setting decision in Redwater (Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. 2019 SCC 5), companies are still scrambling to understand exactly how this will impact their operations moving forward. While the oil and gas sector will inevitably feel the full brunt of the decision, they’re not the only industry set to suffer. Industries like mining, power, lumber, pulp and paper and any one where the provinces legislate on abandonment, reclamation and remediation are all set to be impacted. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

Future of airlines: Data-driven acquisitions and partnerships ariline_data_sm

The airline industry is experiencing a disruption in how air carriers distribute products and services and generate new revenues. In today’s world, digital business models offer airlines unclaimed retail opportunities. And behind this transformation is a strategic resource: data. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

The business of cannabis: Key risks for boards cannabis_money_sm

As the first G7 nation to legalize cannabis, Canada has a unique opportunity to create a positive governance culture — and the world is watching. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

New regulations in NL aim to prevent workplace harassment and violence: lawyer Ashley Savinov

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is hoping its new occupational health and safety regulations will compel employers to be proactive when it comes to workplace harassment instead of reactive. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 8:12 AM

Clarification coming on discretionary bonuses | Stuart Rudner

The law regarding post-termination bonus entitlement is in a state of uncertainty which might soon be clarified by the highest court in the land, as the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited [2018] S.C.C.A. No. 331. ... [read more]