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Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

HST hurts economy and should be abandoned | Dale Barrett

According to the 2008 Federal Budget, the Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) was claimed by the federal government to be “the single most important step provinces with retail sales taxes could take to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses”. They were wrong. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

An opportunity wasted | Bruce McDougall

One of the more memorable details that emerged from the brouhaha involving the Liberal government and SNC-Lavalin was the refusal of Jody Wilson-Raybould to assume the role of minister of Indigenous Services. According to reports, she said she’d spent her life opposed to the Indian Act, which underlies the federal government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, and she did not want to take charge of programs administered under its authority. ... [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]

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Pro bono: It’s in you to give | Brett Harrison

It is hardly news that access to justice is in crisis. The courts, lawyers and legal institutions seem to be stretched to capacity, with no easy solutions. Of course, in order to find solutions, we need to understand the problem. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Putting the ‘M’ back into CMHC: New housing incentive plan | John Fox

Judging by the reaction, the federal government caught more than a few people by surprise with their new housing incentive plan in Tuesday's budget . That’s the plan that provides a shared equity loan to first-time home buyers. Some people think it’s a great way to get young people into homes, others are warning that it’s going to cause a housing bubble. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

The Coach: Practice management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Whether your plans for 2019 are just getting started or well underway, certain key areas deserve your firm’s attention. Don’t wait until the “new year” becomes “last year”. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Quebec ruling emphasizes government respect for rule of law | Colin Singer

A Quebec Superior Court justice ordered the provincial government to continue processing existing immigration applications under the regular Quebec Skilled Worker Program. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 1:54 PM

Why you should consider foreign trained lawyers | Kimberly Gale

I have become an advocate for internationally educated lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Justice Côté and the importance of dissent | Vanessa MacDonnell

On Feb. 27, 2019, Supreme Court of Canada Justice Suzanne Côté delivered a robust defence of the role of dissent in a public lecture at McGill University. The lecture, titled “Independence and Collegiality: How do they Co-Exist at the Supreme Court of Canada?” made the case for judges’ broad “right” to dissent. The remarks are Justice Côté’s most extensive comments on this topic since joining the court in December 2014, and they offer a fascinating glimpse of the judicial philosophy of the current court’s most frequent dissenter. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Why I ran for office | Robert Geurts

Despite what Shakespeare claimed, there is a consensus that lawyers have something to contribute to the legislative policies of society. The truth is that many lawyers are in fact motivated to perfect the human condition in our overall evolutionary pursuit to become better people. I chose to run for public office because of the promise of what humanity could be; and I saw a call from the millennials for a creative solution revolution. ... [read more]