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Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Seven practical tips for lawyers seeking board positions seven_tips_sm

Here are seven practical tips for lawyers who want to pursue a board position. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

The Coach: Law firm leadership by empowerment | Gary Mitchell

Law firm leadership is often talked about and has been for some time. Yet we still find very little progress on this front. If you’ve read my column before you will note a very practical, common sense and simple approach that I take with my clients. Keep it simple, because simple works. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Cannabis: What employers need to know Usethisone

Law firms, like many other employers across Canada, are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout from the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Watch out when buying real estate with pre-incorporation contracts commercial_agreement_sm

Many purchasers of commercial real estate will elect to execute purchase agreements on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a number of reasons including income tax efficiency, liability avoidance and the need to tie up the property where time is of the essence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Up in smoke: A primer on cannabis taxation in Canada cannabis_legalization_sm

As of Oct. 17, the production, sale and recreational use of cannabis will be legal, if heavily regulated. Legalization begets taxation; consequently, a new regulatory regime in respect of the taxation of cannabis also applies to sales of the product. This article provides a short overview of the general tax, duty and mark-up regimes that will apply to the sale of cannabis products as of the legalization date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

Budding this fall: The serious business of recreational cannabis cannabis_legalization

While we usually associate flowers with spring, the budding cannabis industry will be flowering this fall. With legalization of adult-use cannabis now finally implemented, market participants will continue their race to obtain and increase their share of the burgeoning market sector. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Ontario re-lays foundation for brick and mortar sales of recreational cannabis cannabis legalization

The government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act. If passed, Bill 36 will enact the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and make numerous amendments to other Ontario laws, including the Cannabis Act, 2017, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 9:41 AM

Litigation privilege: Unsure bulwark for a party in bad faith shield_protection_sm

Abuse of the judicial system is not a novel phenomenon and remains highly problematic for parties that have to deal with it. In 2009 and again in 2015, the Quebec legislature added provisions to the Code of Civil Procedure giving courts the power to sanction abuse of process. It can nevertheless be difficult for a party to prove abuse of process or similar improper conduct by the adverse party. This is especially true when the latter is able to contest the communication of relevant evidence on the grounds of professional secrecy or litigation privilege. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

The growing trend of women lawyers on a board journey business_women_sm

Women lawyers are uniquely positioned to take a seat at the boardroom table as corporate boards slowly start to seek greater diversity. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Cannabis legalization: Avoiding the personal injury potholes | Jasmine Daya Cannabis legislation

Canadians are gearing up for Oct. 17, 2018, a date that will forever be remembered by generations to come. Whether you are a consumer wanting to blaze legally, a firm believer in medical marijuana, a liberal who believes in the freedom of choice or a dealer wanting to earn a buck above board, this movement has brought Canadians together with excitement and anticipation. ... [read more]