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Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

SCC to launch virtual hearings in June; carbon tax challenges moved to special fall session Renée Thériault

The Supreme Court of Canada is launching virtual hearings in June to catch up on some of the 11 cases it postponed in March, April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it plans to go ahead with hearing provincial challenges to the federal carbon pricing regime at a special session in September. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 10:21 AM

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) - Interpretation - Zero-rated supplies

Appeal by Escape Trailer from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of a decision of the Assistant Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Regulating cryptocurrency exchanges: Cleaner than cash bitcoin_investing_sm

Unlike cash, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), or national cryptocurrencies, are an excellent fit in a world where social distancing is the norm and disease outbreak prevention has moved to the forefront of societal concerns. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

League of heroes, revisited | Marcel Strigberger

“Love levels all ranks” uttered Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He made that remark while courting the daughter of the good ship’s captain, whose station in British society was way south of his own. Given the current COVID-19 situation, I will say a good pandemic levels all ranks. We have new heroes on the block. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

Cross-border death: An administrative nightmare for survivors Man in front of maze

Moving a trust across the Canada-U.S. border can be complicated. In 2003 Tom and his wife Rose settled their living trust. They were U.S. resident-citizens, and initial beneficiaries and trustees of the trust. Both passed away within months of each other in 2017. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The Charter, freedom and a drugstore | Brian Bird and Derek Ross

Last Friday, April 17, was the 38th birthday of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter’s adoption in 1982 was a transformative moment for Canada. In that regard, another important anniversary occurs Friday April 24 — the 35th birthday of R v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 S.C.R. 295 the first decision of the court to interpret one of the Charter’s “fundamental freedoms.” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Looking for work in era of COVID-19 Handsonlaps

To say that these are uncertain and difficult times is a massive understatement. Half of humanity is in some sort of isolation, the global economy has grinded to a halt practically overnight and businesses of all shapes and sizes have immediately felt the effects. The legal industry is unfortunately no exception. Like any other business, the practice of law is not immune from the dire consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving in its wake. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Impact of COVID-19: Financial and tax strategies Man stopping impact of COVID-19

Recently Darren Coleman, a wealth management adviser, and Elena Hanson, an accountant, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on taxes and the market on their podcast series Two Way Traffic, which focuses on cross-border financial issues. In part one, they answered questions concerning legal and business issues. Here they address financial and tax questions. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

Advice on winning first virtual appeal: Exceptional electronic documents BWvideoconference

Hand-in-hand with the significance of writing persuasive facta, preparing and filing exceptional electronic documents is key to effective e-hearing advocacy. As many among us, both bench and bar, work through the transition to a more virtual delivery of justice there will no doubt be learning curves on all sides. ... [read more]