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Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 9:16 AM

Beard Winter LLP welcomes new real estate, corporate law associate

Beard Winter LLP welcomes new associate lawyer Agnes Ng to the firm. Ng is a member of the firm’s real estate and corporate law practice areas providing legal representation to clients on a wide variety of commercial and residential real estate and corporate commercial matters. ... [read more]

Monday, November 15, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

Very scary story | Ken Hill

Let me tell you a scary story (said in a Rod Serling voice). Imagine a couple (let’s call them Ingrid and Tom) who get together in their late 20s. She’s divorced with a young son from her previous marriage. Tom is working hard in his own carpentry business, and it’s growing nicely. Having been through an unpleasant divorce, Ingrid is not keen on another wedding, but she and Tom are committed to each other and a common law union is okay with Tom. Soon a baby daughter is added to the family (call her Sally) and they are doing well enough to afford to buy a home. ... [read more]

Monday, November 15, 2021 @ 12:51 PM

Tax on split income (TOSI) — Excluded amounts Blocks in shape of puzzle with money bags painted on

Taxpayers may seek to lower their tax burden by redirecting income to a person with a lower rate. For instance, a spouse with a high tax rate may have their significant other report rental income in the hopes it is taxed less. However, splitting or redirecting income with the intention of reducing the respective tax burden is more difficult with the current incarnation of the tax on split income (TOSI) legislation. ... [read more]

Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Board did not misinterpret its powers when varying Edmonton cannabis store bylaw: Court of Appeal Chief Justice Catherine Fraser

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled against Edmonton’s library board in a disagreement over the location of several cannabis stores, saying a city authority was within its rights to vary development standards in a land use bylaw which regulated the placement of the stores. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 12:46 PM

Initial public offering surge in U.S., Canada IPO on calculator

With 870 initial public offerings (IPOs) in the U.S. market in 2021, the increase is substantial, 144-plus per cent more than the same period last year. The technology sector is promising the golden nuggets of IPOs by Canadian companies in the first quarter of 2021. It has been 15 years since we’ve had comparable results. Anything to do with technology or lithium or clean energy companies is beaming with the endorsement of an end date on coal financing by the world’s 20 leading economies on Oct. 30, 2021, and a public’s open arms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

To tax an assignment of rights or not to tax — that is the question Hand holding buildings, with coins falling

In general and subject to a specific exemption, the supply of real property is subject to GST/QST. Indeed, under the Excise Tax Act, a taxable supply means a supply that is made in the course of a “commercial activity” and the legislator has specifically provided that the making of a supply (other than an exempt supply) by a person of real property constitutes a “commercial activity.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Why zoning laws regarding home-based businesses should be liberalized Woman working at computer

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and related social distancing mandates, many Ontarians have been working from home. Statistics Canada notes that 32 per cent of Canadians, ages 15-64, worked from home in 2021 compared to four per cent in 2016. Despite a gradual reopening, it seems that work from home (WFH) will continue for the foreseeable future. Relatedly, more businesses are offering hybrid models where an employee works both at home and in the office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 @ 12:11 PM

Ford’s highways to hell paved with bad intentions? | David Israelson

If Doug Ford wants to go down in history as Ontario’s most destructive premier, he’s well on the way with his plans for paving hideous highways to hell across the Greenbelt. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 @ 10:18 AM

Singleton Urquhart hires two counsel for Vancouver office

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP announced the arrival of Peter Gorgopa and Mike Nienhuis to its Vancouver office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Amending an incapable person’s management plan 101 A daughter and mother gazing at eachother

As wills, trusts and estates practitioners, it is important to understand the procedure of Guardianship Applications. It is crucial that these applications be completed correctly and that the client understands their duties. ... [read more]