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Visas for Mexicans Cost Us All - Warren L. Creates

December 08, 2009

The Harper government imposed a visitor visa requirement on all nationals of Mexico effective 14 July 2009.  Defending this decision, the Prime Minister, recently in Mexico, blamed ...

Professional Services Corporation: Should You Take the Leap? Gregory Sanders, Head of the Tax Law Group

November 25, 2009

There are many decisions involved in determining whether you should provide services individually (i.e. through a sole proprietorship) or through a corporation.  With progressive tax rates ...

The Duty to Accommodate a Chronically Ill Employee - Chris P. Morris

October 28, 2009

An employer’s duty to accommodate a chronic illness is a very significant issue in the workplace.   Employers are statutorily required to accommodate employees with ...

The Trade-marks Opposition Board - Paul W. Braunovan

October 13, 2009

The Trade-marks Opposition Board (“TMOB”) is an administrative tribunal that hears oppositions to Canadian trade-mark applications.  If you are opposing a trade-mark application ...

Insurance contracts: Are you protected? - Karin M. Pagé

October 09, 2009

Your business probably has a commercial general liability policy but do you really understand your coverage? Sadly, many businesses do not appreciate the limitations in their policies until they ...

Risk Management in Today's Troubled Times - Keith A. MacLean

October 06, 2009

In January of 2009, Nortel Networks and its many subsidiaries filed for protection from its creditors in Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere. In Canada, Nortel obtained an Order, ...

National Instrument 31-103: Protecting Investors - Robert P. Kinghan

October 06, 2009

Of great interest to the public, due in part to the increased amount of investor fraud that has come to light most recently, the Canadian Securities Administrators ("CSA") has taken steps to ...

Privacy and Security Issues in a Down Economy - Alain D. Bourassa

October 06, 2009

With budgets being slashed and reductions in work force the norm, a company might be tempted to reduce its security budget or lay off privacy staff. This might end up costing the company a lot ...

Using Unregistered Trade-marks in Quebec - Paul W. Braunovan

October 06, 2009

Companies carrying on business in Quebec are required to comply with the Quebec Charter of the French Language. The Charter is designed to promote the French language within the province of ...

What is a Private Issuer? Why is it Important? - David J. Lowdon

October 06, 2009

All corporations are governed by securities legislation that generally requires “prospectus level disclosure” for the issuance of shares.  This level of disclosure is expensive ...

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

July 21, 2009

Listing your company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) or the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) provides your company with access to equity capital financing, greater shareholder liquidity and an ...

2009: Sleepless in Seattle, 2010: See You in Boston - Paul W. Braunovan

July 06, 2009

Approximately 7500 IP professionals gathered in Seattle, Washington in May 2009 for the 131st Annual Meeting of the International Trademarks Association ("INTA").  As many of you will know, ...

Will the Proposed New Insider Reporting Rules Affect You? - David J. Lowdon

April 28, 2009

The Canadian Securities Administrators have recently published a new proposed National Instrument 55-104 - Insider Reporting Requirements and Exemptions (“NI 55-104”) to replace a ...

Non-competition clauses: Employers must be reasonable - Karin Pagé

April 28, 2009

Non-competition clauses are often included in employment contracts or in agreements for the purchase and sale of a business, serving to prevent a person from working in a particular field within ...

Insider Trading Explained - Robert P. Kinghan

April 21, 2009

The current uncertainty of the global market has heightened public awareness of the stock-market and its players.  In this vein the rules prohibiting "Insider Trading", or the buying and ...

The Benefits of Arbitration in Commercial Disputes - Joël M. Dubois

March 03, 2009

There are a number of reasons why parties to a commercial agreement should consider having their disputes adjudicated through the arbitration process rather than before the courts.  The ...

I’M SO SORRY! – The Apology Act takes the sting out of apologizing - Margaret R. Truesdale

February 07, 2009

Individuals and corporations have long been reluctant to express any kind of sympathy or remorse to a person who has made a claim against them, even though it might clearly be the humane thing to ...

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Changes Come into Force - Joël M. Dubois

January 09, 2009

On September 18, 2009, changes to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act will come into force.  These changes will have a significant impact on personal bankruptcies and consumer proposals in ...