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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

New Brunswick First Nations eye court action after tax-sharing cancelled Derek Simon, Burchells LLP

First Nations communities in New Brunswick are eyeing legal action after the province announced it is pulling out of tax-sharing agreements historically aimed at putting money back into reservations. This follows an April 13 announcement by New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs that his Conservative government would not be renewing long-standing revenue sharing agreements with 13 Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey Frist Nations in that province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

What federally mandated net-zero emission targets mean to Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Federal legislation designed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will be felt strongly in Nova Scotia. In the event the bill is passed (it is currently in its second reading) it will further impact Nova Scotian emitters already subject to strict emission, monitoring and reporting standards. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Resulting trusts can cause more estate problems than they solve Taxes and inheritance

When clients decide to leave money to their children on their death, they generally want to do so in the simplest and easiest way. Anything that gets the inheritance into their children’s hands as quickly as possible, and with the smallest tax hit, is almost always the preferable way. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4:48 PM

Federal budget about finishing fight against COVID-19: Freeland Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal Liberal government has released its first budget in more than two years, with a fiscal plan aimed at jobs and growth as Canada begins the long process of healing from the wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 9:16 AM

REAL PROPERTY TAX - Assessment - Methods 

Appeal by Baron Real Estate Investments from a judicial review judgment affirming a tax assessment by the Edmonton Composite Assessment Review Board. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Hearing of necessity Road grader

Principally, a hearing of necessity (hearing) is meant to be an opportunity for an owner to lead evidence against the government, in order to demonstrate to an adjudicator (inquiry officer) that an expropriation taking of their land is not “fair, sound, or reasonably necessary.” Such hearings, however, do not deal with issues relating to the quantum of compensation, which is why some owners choose to forgo their right to have one. But, if utilized correctly, preparing for and attending the hearing can offer owners significant strategic and tactical advantages in the expropriation process. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Big changes for small estates Jar of pennies

On April 1, 2021, the estates law changes from the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act came into effect in Ontario. The result of the bill raised the limit for a small estate to $150,000 and introduced Rule 74.1 in the Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to the administration of small estates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Podcasting for lawyers and law firms Microphone, headphones and "on air" sign

There’s a podcast for every topic under the sun, including the world of law and legal services. Podcasts are becoming a popular and effective forum for both content consumption and content generation. While some listen to podcasts for entertainment, for many, they are an educational and thought leadership tool. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 3:41 PM

New associate joins Stewart McKelvey in Saint John

Stewart McKelvey welcomed Saint John associate Joel Reed back to the firm. ... [read more]