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Published on: 9 Apr 2020 By

COVID-19 in Ontario: essential places of business

These past four weeks have been turbulent for Ontario businesses, to say the least. On March 17, 2020, Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By March 23, Premier Ford ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses (the “Order”), and on April 3, the …

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Published on: 27 Mar 2020 By

Expanding your multi-level marketing plan to Canada

The Competition Bureau: Achieving positive written opinions for multi-level marketers Canada’s legal system imposes severe civil and criminal penalties on multi-level marketing (MLM) plans that fail to follow the law. Illegitimate businesses face the potential of paying unlimited fines, and …

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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: 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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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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