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Published on: 26 Mar 2020 By

Should I send my child for access during the COVID-19 pandemic?

These are unprecedented times. As I write this article, Canada has 3,385 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and as you read this article that number is bound to be higher – perhaps exponentially higher. All non-urgent matters in the Ontario courts have been suspended, w…

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Published on: 17 Mar 2020 By

What does COVID-19 mean for franchise systems?

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect franchises systems? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As the situation evolves, the day-to-day affairs of businesses are constantly changing. Responding to a pandemic poses a unique situation for franch…

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Published on: 9 Mar 2020 By

Protecting wild salmon in Canadian Courts, moving toward stricter protections?

In Canada, we import approximately 93% of the fish consumed while we continue to export a significant amount of fish caught. Also, there is a lack of information relating to the fish being exported from Canada. In 2018 five tonnes of AquaAdvantage (genetically modified) salmon were sold, but…

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Published on: 26 Feb 2020 By

Are Patent “No Challenge Clauses” Enforceable?

It is common for commercial parties to agree not to attack the validity of intellectual property held by one of the parties to the agreement. However, a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has raised questions about the enforceability of these types of restrictive cove…

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Published on: 20 Feb 2020 By ,

Cybersecurity and Privacy Considerations for Professionals

Professional organizations, including medical, dental and other health care practices, continually depend on technology and digital advancements to collect, store and organize information about their patients. Increasing use of electronic data and electronic medical records creates a heighte…

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Published on: 18 Feb 2020 By

What about greenhouse gas emissions – Are we going far enough?

Recently, two cases State of Netherlands v Urgenda (December 20, 2019) and Juliana v. United States (January 17, 2020) highlight the contradictory role of the courts as it relates to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Urgenda decision, issued by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands,…

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Published on: 13 Feb 2020 By

Section 85: Rollover and Income tax planning

A Section 85 Tax Rollover (“rollover”) is term used to describe a special tax technique that allows a taxpayer to defer all or part of the income which would otherwise be taxed upon transfer. In other words, it allows a taxpayer to defer paying taxes on assets transferred. This is especially…

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