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A Waiver of Liability: Will it stand up in Court? - Karin M. Pagé

December 16, 2008

A waiver and release of liability, properly drafted and brought to the attention of the signor, may absolve a defendant from liability. Earlier this year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ...

Should I worry about a “standard” commercial lease? - Martin Y. St. Onge

November 25, 2008

Many start-up or smaller companies are often looking to lease retail, office or industrial type commercial space to operate their business.  Some of these smaller companies are struggling to ...

Preparing for the Purchase of a Business - Robert P. Kinghan

November 11, 2008

The decision to purchase a business requires careful consideration of the many factors involved.  These factors include conducting the necessary investigations, establishing a rationale for ...

REMISSION ORDERS: A TAXPAYER’S LAST CHANCE - Chris P. Morris

October 08, 2008

A remission order is a remedy that is available to taxpayers where attempts at obtaining relief from tax liability through the typical channels have been exhausted or are otherwise unavailable. ...

Introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards for Reporting Issuers - David J. Lowdon

October 08, 2008

The Canadian Accounting Standards Board recently confirmed January 1, 2011 as the date International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) will replace the use of Canadian generally ...

Dispute Resolution: What are my options? - Karin M. Pagé

September 23, 2008

A dispute begins when one person makes a claim or demand on another who rejects it. How to approach disputes that arise in your business will depend on many factors. Perhaps you had previously ...

Proposed Legislation Will Affect 19,000 Federal Non-Profit Corporations - Dirk Bouwer

July 09, 2008

On June 13, 2008, a bill was tabled in the House of Commons which will dramatically affect some 19,000 federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporations. If enacted into law, the bill (Bill ...

Employees’ Duties to Accept a Reasonable Accommodation - Margaret R. Truesdale

June 24, 2008

Much has been written about employers' duties to accommodate an employee who is disabled or requires accommodation for religious reasons or other grounds enumerated in the Human Rights ...

ASSET PROTECTION FROM A TAX LAW PERSPECTIVE - Gregory Sanders

June 10, 2008

There are many pieces of legislation in Canada, both Federal and Provincial, that protect the interests of creditors.  In general, these pieces of legislation provide that a conveyance of ...

The Ontario New Home Warranties Plan: Is your new home or condo covered? - Chris P. Moore

May 27, 2008

The decision to purchase a newly constructed home or condominium is a big one for most purchasers. Potential purchasers should take steps to reduce the risks associated with the transaction by ...

Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference - Warren L. Creates

May 16, 2008

"From Permanent Resident to Canadian Citizen: A State of Perplexity" by Warren L. Creates was presented at the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference on May 16-17, 2008 in ...

NEW LAND TRANSFER TAX REBATES FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS - Martin Y. St. Onge

May 06, 2008

In Ontario, the Land Transfer Tax Act provides that every time a person acquires an interest in land, by either registered or unregistered transfers, land transfer tax is payable. In most ...

Changes to the Takeover Bid Regime for Reporting Issuers - David J. Lowdon

April 29, 2008

Effective February 1, 2008, a series of changes was made to what may be generally called the takeover bid regime in Canada (the “Bid Regime”).  The revised Bid Regime comprises ...

FRANCHISE: EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS - Robert P. Kinghan

April 22, 2008

Over the past few decades, franchising has been the dominant small-business strategy in Ontario for the expansion of businesses and distribution of products and services. One reason for this ...

Proposed Changes to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act: Personal Bankruptcies and Consumer Proposals - Joël M. Dubois

March 25, 2008

Parliament has made some changes to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (the “BIA”) which are likely to have a significant impact on personal bankruptcies and consumer proposals in this ...

GOLDFISH SHAPED CRACKERS: USING TRADE-MARK LAW TO PROTECT THE SHAPE OF YOUR GOODS - Paul W. Braunovan

March 11, 2008

Many of us are familiar with the concept of a trade-mark.  A trade-mark is defined in the Trade-marks Act as “a mark that is used by a person for the purpose of distinguishing or so as ...

IMMIGRATION'S NEW CATEGORY: THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS - Warren L. Creates

March 04, 2008

Finally, there is a glimmer of hope for foreign nationals in Canada on work and/or study permits who deserve a little special treatment for their applications for permanent resident status. Long ...

Easier to Immigrate? The Canadian Experience Class - Warren L. Creates

February 08, 2008

We are one step closer to an immigration program that has common sense.  In February of this year I wrote in this column with great anticipation about a new immigration category that the ...

Listing your Company on the TSX or TSX-V - Dirk Bouwer

January 29, 2008

The stock markets in Canada and around the world have been the subject of intense focus and attention as of late. On January 22, 2008, a record 1,030,720 trades took place on the Toronto Stock ...

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS REGIME? - Margaret R. Truesdale

January 15, 2008

Last year I wrote a brief article outlining changes that were to be made to the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code).  At that point the timing of the changes was not clear and the ...