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Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

U.S. tax law reform means Canada has lost ‘competitive advantage’: experts Veronika Chang

The U.S. Congress made the biggest change to the American tax system in 30 years last month, the reverberations of which are still being felt across the country. And although individual Canadians will not be affected at nearly the same level, there are still aspects of the plan people residing inside Canadian borders should be aware of. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Court rules parties can contract out of statutory provisions in gas pipeline case Crawford Smith sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case involving municipal drainage work, ruling that parties can contract out of statutory provisions. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1:58 PM

Federal Court denies B.C. First Nation’s request for more salmon Lisa Glowacki, Ratcliff & Co. LLP

A Federal Court judge has denied a B.C. First Nation’s attempt to get its allocation of sockeye salmon increased, saying it failed to show why such an increase was necessary and why other species of fish were not adequate to meet its needs. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

New U.S. cannabis directive ‘changing the policy, but not the law’ Robert Solomon, Western University Faculty of Law

Observers are saying the recent decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end a federal policy of non-interference in states that have legalized cannabis has changed very little in a legal sense, but its practical outcome for Canadians remains uncertain. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Securities regulators warn about risks of trading cryptocurrency Louis Morisset

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has issued a warning to investors and dealers about futures contracts involving cryptocurrencies, such as the digital currency bitcoin. While such contracts may be traded on regulated exchanges and cleared by regulated central counterparties, cryptocurrencies carry a high level of risk unsuitable for all investors, they cautioned. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

French language still needs protection, Quebec Court of Appeal rules David Robitaille

A bid to overturn Quebec’s sign law by a group of anglophone merchants suffered another setback after the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld two lower court rulings which maintained that the French language is still vulnerable in Quebec and continues to need protection even though it has made “modest progress” in recent decades. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Support lacking for foreign-trained lawyers seeking jobs here, reports say Lauren Heuser

Two recent reports have looked at the support foreign-trained lawyers get when they are trying to qualify to practise law in Canada. And both of those reports find that the support could be much better. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Revamped Alberta labour rules may have big impact on small business Damian Rigolo, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Workers and employers in Alberta awoke Jan. 1 to a raft of new employment standards regulations, which observers say were overdue in many ways but include a number of complex new rules to which smaller businesses may have difficulty adapting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 2:33 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

Alberta judge’s fear of ‘big, dark people’ spotlights ‘systemic racism’ judiciary must combat, lawyers say Kristine Eidsvik

Complaints against Alberta Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik, who reportedly expressed her discomfort about entering a room in the presence of “big dark people,” have spotlighted issues of racial bias in the judiciary — and what the judiciary should do about it, racialized lawyers say. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Ruling on termination clause shows balance in review of contracts, counsel says William Anderson sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed, in part, an employee’s appeal for damages arising out of a termination without cause, in a decision counsel says shows courts are examining termination clauses with a sense of balance. ... [read more]