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Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Access to Justice: A2J Week about innovation, collaboration, action | Beverley McLachlin

The end of October marked the celebration of Access to Justice Week in three Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. I was pleased to be able to join Ontario’s justice sector leaders for part of their deliberations on the future of access to justice in Ontario and to follow the activities in the other provinces, albeit from a distance. ... [read more]

Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 6:10 PM

Invesco case: Funding services not subject to GST/HST Hand cutting tax balloon string

In the recent judgment rendered in the Invesco case (SLFI Group v. Canada 2019 FCA 217), the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that a group of Canadian mutual funds was not required to self-assess GST/HST on funding services provided by a U.S. entity because these services were exempt financial services, rather than management or administrative services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

Another look at taxing the rich Hockey player in silhouette

Some people argue that the wealthiest Canadians, who earn more than $250,000 annually, should be paying more in tax. As an adviser to a number of individuals who would be considered among Canada’s wealthiest, I can assure you that their tax returns tell a much different story. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Time for fact check about making the rich pay Businessman handing money to another

In the federal election campaign, there was a not so subtle implication that “the rich” don’t pay their fair share of taxes. During the English leadership debate I lost track of the times political leaders mentioned the need for the wealthy to pay more. But the hard numbers don’t bear this out. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Borden Ladner Gervais welcomes counsel to Toronto tax group

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced the firm is pleased to welcome Andrea Dickinson, who joins as counsel in its Tax Group in Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 8:26 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Notice of Appeal - Striking out a pleading

Appeals by 14 members of a partnership from a Tax Court decision striking their notices of appeal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

Late filing of form T1135 in Moore v. The Queen Hands filling out form

Canadian residents, which include corporations and individuals, as well as certain partnerships or trusts that own specified foreign property (SFP) that has a cost of over $100,000 at any time during the year, must complete form T1135, the Foreign Income Verification Statement. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]