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Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]

Monday, August 24, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

Conservatives’ impaired approach to Ontario’s liquor laws | Jerry Levitan

Ontario’s liquor policy has sputtered rather than evolved since the post-Prohibition era depending on the government of the day, erupting issues and political considerations. Comparatively and in the relative scheme of things, it did not take that long for a licensing regime to be implemented for the sale and distribution of cannabis. Both substances alter behaviour and cognitive ability. But cannabis, I suppose, is deemed different given that you cannot, as of yet, order a joint or two with your wings and cause problems. ... [read more]

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 11:56 AM

Redesigned wage subsidy program for July 5 qualifying period and onwards Hand holding money bag

On July 27, Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures (Bill C-20) received royal assent. Bill C-20 implemented a significantly redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the CEWS) program that, according to the federal government, is intended to “broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support so that more workers can return to their jobs quickly as the economy restarts.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 10:56 AM

Lavery adds nine lawyers

Lavery Lawyers announced the hiring of nine of its interns as associate lawyers, Marc-Antoine Bigras, Frédéric Boivin Couillard, Laurence Clavet, Renaud Gravel, Emma-Sophie Hall, Étienne Laplante, Solveig Ménard-Castonguay, Louis Morin and Catherine Voyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

CRA tax audit and criminal tax evasion investigation: What are taxpayers’ Charter rights? Magnet with money

In part one of this series, regarding the case of Softcom Solutions v. Attorney General of Canada 2020 ONSC 3290, I discussed Canadian software reseller Softcom and its promoters, Sonya Zenz and Wally Dove, who bought software for the retail industry for $1.5 million from a company in the Cayman Islands. The software was poor and they hired a software engineer to fix it; the software engineer billed Softcom $11,000 for his services back in 1996. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Administration and enforcement

Appeal by the Attorney General of Canada from an order granting the respondent Trusts rescission of a declaration and payment of dividends to a discretionary trust based on mistake in a tax context. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

B.C.’s benefit companies: New model for corporate social responsibility hands_holding_planet_sm

The “family” of corporate structures continues to grow. The British Columbia Business Corporations Act, SBC2002, c. 57 (BCA), already includes the standard business corporation model as well as two “half-siblings” — the unlimited liability company and the neglected community contribution company. On June 30, amendments to the BCA introduced the newest member of the family: the benefit company. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

Inconsistent definitions of common law spouse affect estate, family law mystery_spouse_sm

Do you know who your spouse is? This is not a question anyone might expect to be asked, but the definition of common law spouse varies between provinces and between different laws within provinces. It is overdue for Ontario, and other provinces, to review their laws governing common law spouses’ rights on relationship breakdown and death. ... [read more]

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 4:25 PM - Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 10:54 PM

Officials say CRA, online portal cyber breach under control, but warn against reusing passwords

Federal officials are urging Canadians to use unique passwords, accept software updates and beware of phishing attempts after the Canada Revenue Agency and a government services portal were hit by a “credential stuffing” attack. ... [read more]