Focus On



Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 10:45 AM

Access to Justice: It means caring for people and the system | Andromache Karakatsanis

I am delighted to be writing my first Access to Justice column as the new chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. I am grateful to Beverley McLachlin for her work through the Action Committee and to Chief Justice Wagner for his dedication to access to justice — and for appointing me to this role. ... [read more]

Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 9:36 AM

REAL PROPERTY TAX - Land transfer tax - Foreign buyers tax - Payment of

Payment of Action by the plaintiff for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence against their real estate agent and solicitor. They sought damages in the amount of additional tax they were required to pay. The plaintiffs immigrated to Canada from Great Britain. They planned to live in the Kelowna area. The legislature amended the Property Transfer Tax Act to provide that the Foreign Buyer's Tax would apply to Kelowna. ... [read more]

Friday, April 01, 2022 @ 2:54 PM

Canadian immigration guide to mergers and acquisitions Businesmen push two giant global puzzle pieces together

Mergers and acquisitions activities continue to be strong after a record-breaking 2021. Canada is an attractive location to do business and offers a way for foreign companies to expand into the Canadian market. However, when a corporate restructuring of any kind occurs, there are many considerations ranging from regulatory, tax and labour and employment matters. ... [read more]

Friday, April 01, 2022 @ 11:49 AM

Two appointed to Tax Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced two appointments to the Tax Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

Virtual proceedings: Here to stay but devil in the details | Julius Melnitzer

With the announcement that Ontario’s family lawyers will return in person to the Superior Court of Justice in April for parts of the divorce process, there’s a growing sense that things are returning to normal — or at least the “new normal.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 1:41 PM

Department of Finance proposes new tax reporting requirements for bare trusts Hands typing on laptop with tax icon

Canadian bare trusts could soon be required to file annual returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA); those who fail to do so could face substantial penalties for failing to report. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario increasing Non-Resident Speculation Tax rate to 20 per cent, makes it provincewide

As of March 30, Ontario is “increasing the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) rate to 20 per cent, closing loopholes to fight tax avoidance and expanding the tax to apply provincewide.” According to a government release, issued March 29, the most current Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) rate was 15 per cent and only applied to “homes purchased in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region by foreign nationals, foreign corporations and taxable trustees.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Anti-money laundering for Canadian lawyers: Is self-regulation enough? illustration of man washing money

Legal professionals can play a critical part in fighting money laundering, terrorist financing (ML/TF) and corruption in Canada, but they are at risk of being used by money launderers to assist with their activities, primarily due to the nature of services offered by them. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 4:46 PM

CPR ordered to pay over $1 million in legal fees after 14-year litigation

The Federal Court has ordered the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPRC) to pay $1.6 million to the Crown after the two could not agree on costs of a trial, according to a decision reached on March 22. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 8:55 AM

Tipping the scales in court Man with writing impliments and tipped scales of justice

A litigator’s secret fantasy is to appear before a judge and have the attendance flow smoothly with the judge giving you everything you want in your matter and your greatness being acknowledged by the judge throughout your appearance. ... [read more]