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Published on: 18 Dec 2018 By

Are gifts “income” for support purposes?

In a previous article, I set out a list of common situations wherein a court may impute income to a support payor, as set out in the Child Support Guidelines. One situation not specifically included in that list is the situation of “gifts”, which are non-taxable payments that do not appear o…

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Published on: 18 Dec 2018 By

2018 Year In Review For American and Canadian Whistleblower Programs

Fiscal Year 2018 was a nice year for tippers to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) whistleblower program (“SEC program”), thanks to some misbehaving companies. The SEC made record-breaking payouts of about $168 million to 13 whistleblowers in 2018. The SEC program was initia…

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Published on: 14 Dec 2018 By

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Grants Application for Judicial Review Concerning Provincial Funding for Effluent Treatment Facility

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has recently granted an application for judicial review relating to potential Crown funding for the construction of a new effluent treatment facility at Boat Harbour, Pictou County, Nova Scotia (the “Project”). In Pictou Landing First Nation v. Nova Scotia (A…

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Published on: 12 Dec 2018 By

Bill 66 – Expanded Municipal Zoning Power Would Make Some Environmental Land Use Policies Optional

UPDATE: Government announces that it will not be proceeding with Schedule 10 of the Bill. See update here. On December 6th, 2018, Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, passed first reading in the Ontario legislature. The government’s Proposal Summary on the Environmental Re…

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Published on: 12 Dec 2018 By

Remedies of a Commercial Landlord in Ontario

If a tenant defaults on their obligations under a commercial lease, a landlord may wish to pursue a remedy. There are two types of tenant defaults – monetary or non-monetary. The type of default will determine the landlord’s available remedies. A monetary default occurs when the tenant…

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Published on: 11 Dec 2018 By

E-signatures legally equivalent to handwritten ones

By Peter Dillon for AdvocateDaily.com As technology becomes more entrenched in the legal world, there’s been a shift in Ontario towards using electronic signatures (e-signatures). While federal and provincial laws both regulate e-signatures, most contract law falls under the authority of pro…

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Published on: 6 Dec 2018 By

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) Convenes in Katowice, Poland

On December 2, 2018, delegates from almost 200 nations convened in Katowice, Poland for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP24, also known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Katowice, Poland, 2…

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