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Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Tax Views: Federal budget changes rules for investment income of private corporations | Vern Krishna

The federal budget of Feb. 27, 2018, (the Budget), robs Peter to pay Paul by changing the landscape for professionals who use private corporations to structure their businesses. The Budget reduces the small business tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 10 per cent for 2018, and to nine per cent for 2019 and beyond. The opportunities for tax deferral increase as the spread between small business tax rates, corporate investment income rates and top personal marginal rates increase. The Budget seeks to blunt the deferral opportunities that result. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

In-house counsel must prepare for effects of legalized cannabis, summit hears Darryl Hiscocks and Tom Stevenson

The coming legalization of cannabis for recreational use is bound to cause issues in the workplace that in-house counsel should be prepared to address, said two lawyers from Torys LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Tax Views: Taxation of multinational enterprises | Vern Krishna

The taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs) is of significant concern as countries are increasingly concerned with the erosion of their taxable base through profit shifting from high tax to low tax jurisdictions. Worries over tax avoidance led to the Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) project by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Encouraged by the heads of state of the G20 countries in 2013, the OECD drafted 15 BEPS action items. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end ‘inappropriate’ conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator Angela Chaisson

The legal profession needs to mobilize against sexual remarks and other “inappropriate” workplace conduct by judges and senior lawyers who exploit the vulnerability of junior lawyers and law students, says a feminist lawyer who fights to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

The never-ending search for fairness in a termination clause termination_clause_sm

There have been several important decisions this past year dealing with the enforceability of termination clauses in employment agreements and how a court is to interpret a clause to determine the employer’s obligations to a departing employee. The importance of these decisions can be seen by contrasting the financial consequences that follow when an employer makes the decision to terminate an individual’s employment. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Digital disruptor: The legal challenges of ‘open banking’ open_banking_sm

There is little doubt that in an increasingly digital world, personal data has become a valuable commodity. Financial institutions (FIs) are in a unique position since they collect and process vast quantities of customer data, including, among other things, spending trends, credit history and borrowing information. Typically, this information is not readily shared with customers or other FIs. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Trudeau’s dance of deception on Indigenous rights | Pamela Palmater

On February 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the “Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework” intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredulous not guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial – the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation – and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada’s justice system – but also in his own government’s failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves Ryerson law school program Peter Wardle sm

Ryerson University’s proposed law school has reached another benchmark in the approval process as the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has backed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) preliminary endorsement of the program. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

The ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence legal_AI_sm

The means of delivering legal services are quickly changing. The “new” ethical questions arising as a result are not entirely new. We simply need new and creative ways to apply the “old” answers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

The Headhunter: In-house lawyers: Plan for your success | David Namkung

As a recruiter, I encounter too many in-house lawyers without a clear career plan. As a result, they remain in the same position with the same responsibilities year after year, without a clear path forward. ... [read more]