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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00 Written by Jane Southren
Monday, 17 April 2017 10:54 Written by Lisa R. Lifshitz
The world’s most onerous anti-spam legislation is about to get even nastier. On July 1, ¬the private right of action provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation will come into force. Under the PRA sections, persons (i.e., individuals, partnerships, corporations, associations, etc.) will be able to bring actions against individuals and organizations that contravene certain provisions of CASL, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s federal private sector privacy act and the Competition Act.
Monday, 17 April 2017 09:47 Written by Michael Spratt
The rollout of the Liberals’ Cannabis Act was a grim affair. It seems that never more grudgingly has a government followed through on an election promise.
Monday, 17 April 2017 09:00 Written by Jordan Furlong
Monday, 17 April 2017 09:00 Written by Ron Poulton
The gap between how we treat non-citizens and criminally accused in Canada may be perpetual. The immigration bar has, for years, struggled to close the distance between the rules applied to two groups of people in Canada. The solid regime of constitutional protections that permeates criminal law and ensures the protection of a person charged with a crime from arbitrary state action has never quite been grounded in immigration law. The use of secret evidence in hearings, the assumption that the written notes of police or government officials are accurate and the confounding view that if a prospective surety knows the detainee too well they may not be trustworthy enough are examples of concepts unknown in criminal law. Yet, time and time again, we are faced in immigration hearings with these and other “principles” that cloud and diminish any attempt to realize a sense of justice and fair play in immigration law.
Last year, the federal government’s budget took aim at small businesses by clamping down on ways to maximize the small business deduction. This affected incorporated lawyers operating in a partnership. This year, the budget, tabled on March 22, takes aim at long-standing tax deferral opportunities afforded to certain professionals, including lawyers, accountants, dentists, medical doctors, veterinarians and chiropractors.
When I started practising, it seemed that judges were revered, hardly questioned, seldom heard in public and occupied rarified positions in our society. Not many people would suggest that a judge lived on their street or rode the bus. No one would question their judgments, ethics or stability and certainly not in the media.
Monday, 03 April 2017 14:17 Written by Alexia Kapralos
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:38 Written by Jane Southren