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Published on: 14 Jan 2020 By

Should I practice through a professional corporation?

Several years ago, most professions governed by colleges or institutes were granted the ability to incorporate. Since that time, thousands of professionals across Canada have incorporated their practices. For newer graduates, whether, and when, to incorporate will be an important decision. T…

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Published on: 13 Jan 2020 By

Understanding the differences between GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA – a guide for Canadian businesses

Gone are days of unregulated and untethered data gathering. With the rolling out of the California Consumer Privacy Act, Canadian businesses are now finding themselves navigating a sea awash with a patchwork of extraterritorial legislation. The laws are sometimes inconsistent, often vague, a…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2020 By

Establishing a medicine professional corporation: Who is permitted to own shares?

The Regulated Health Professions Act allows medical professionals to establish a corporation for the purpose of practicing medicine. Creating a Medicine Professional Corporation (MPC) may be financially beneficial for physicians since the tax rate of the corporation is much lower compared to…

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Published on: 16 Dec 2019 By

Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably considering franchising as a method of expansion for your business. You might be considering franchising as a result of your own research into expansion options for your business, or (as is often the case) you might be considering franchising b…

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Published on: 10 Dec 2019 By

6 Key Elements of a Business Succession Plan

Recently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (“CFIB”) suggested that “some 72% of business owners intend to exit their businesses within the next decade, with over 1.5 trillion dollars’ worth of business assets to be transferred to a new generation of business owners”[1]. This s…

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Published on: 15 Jul 2019 By

Is a Healthy Environment a Fundamental Right of Citizens

On November 26, 2018 ENvironnement JEUnesse (“ENJEU[1]”) filed an application for authorization against the Government of Canada to bring a class action on behalf of all Quebec residents aged 35 and under claiming a right to a clean and healthy environment. The claim alleged that the Canadia…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2019 By

Environmental Review Tribunal confirms high evidentiary burden to be removed from an Environmental Protection Act, Section 18 Director’s Order

A July 2, 2019, judgment of the Environmental Review Tribunal in Alizadeh v. Ontario (Environment, Conservation and Parks), 2019 CanLII 62106 (ON ERT), confirms that corporate officers and directors face a high evidentiary burden to rebut the presumption that they are properly named in an En…

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Published on: 9 Jul 2019 By

Closure of White Pines Wind Facility in Price Edward County, Ontario

On July 3, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”) posted its notice of decision with respect to regulations to govern the closure of the White Pines Wind Project. The White Pines Wind Project was a Class 4 Energy Project (with a nameplate capacity of 1…

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Published on: 4 Jul 2019 By

Federal Carbon-Pricing Scheme is Constitutional: A Review of the Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2019 ONCA 544

Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2019 ONCA 544 on the constitutionality of the federal carbon pricing scheme. The Court held that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which imposes charges for various fuel…

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Published on: 26 Jun 2019 By

Bill C-68, the Amended Fisheries Act, receives Royal Assent

On June 21, 2019, Bill C-68, the Amended Fisheries Act, received Royal Assent and became law. The most significant change to the Act is reflected in subsection 2.1(b) of the new purpose clause: 2.‍1 The purpose of this Act is to provide a framework for (a) the proper management and control o…

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