Monday, 14 November 2016 10:40

Vancouver City Report

Vancouver City ReportLaw firms are being hit with a flood of legal work as Asian investment continues to grow
Published in City Reports
Monday, 29 August 2016 09:00

Cooling the housing market

Cooling the housing marketIt's a strange world when William Shatner, boldly doing a one-man show across North America about his life as James T. Kirk, T.J. Hooker, Denny Crane, Stan Fields and a pitchman for Priceline.com (and if you go back further, Loblaws), mentions one of his biggest regrets is not buying real estate in Vancouver.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:01

The big sell-off

The big sell-offThe successful bidder for 11 acres of prized waterfront real estate, near the foot of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, is expected to be announced later this month. The site is the former location of the head office of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and what used to be one of its flagship retail outlets.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Even the family needs protection

Illustration: Kyle Reed
Illustration: Kyle Reed
As housing prices reach even greater heights, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver, many just starting out have found it difficult to access the home market on their own, frequently turning to family members to contribute to either the down payment or the financing of the home or both. A parent may even be on title to ensure the financial viability of the deal.
Published in Departments
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

When the lustre fades

Photo: Faye Rogers
Photo: Faye Rogers
Nobody saw Target Canada’s abrupt departure from the marketplace coming, striking a terrible blow to dozens of landlords across the country who had counted on the allure the mega retailer would bring to their shopping centres. With that lustre suddenly sullied, many of those property managers have sought some relief from an extra level of protection against losses provided in their leases.
Published in Departments
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

Green on top

Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
Unique Montreal startup Lufa Farms set out to grow food where the people are. In Canada, while we might be spread out over a vast geographic territory, more than 80 per cent of us live in cities. So instead of ploughing a field or building greenhouses on the periphery of the community, the company’s founders looked into the heart of the city and turned their eyes skyward. They decided the best place to grow food was in greenhouses on top of buildings, right in the city’s core — based on the concept that rooftop urban farms can be designed to feed cities in a commercially viable and sustainable way.
Published in Departments
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:00

Practise avoidance

Illustration: Pete Ryan
Illustration: Pete Ryan
Like many relationships, the one between a commercial landlord and tenant could come to a much happier, simpler conclusion if precautions are taken beforehand.
Published in Departments
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Facing challenges head on - Part 2

Facing challenges head on - Part 2This article is a continuation of 'Facing Challenges head on' from the May 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Click here to read part 1.
Published in Boutique Firm Rankings
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:01

To build or lease?

To build or lease?Don’t think of it as a data centre, especially if the complexities of procuring information technology infrastructure and establishing an agreement that mitigates risk seems overwhelming. Do what Darren Ghan suggests, and think of it as a garage instead.
Published in Issue Archive
A thought from the 2nd-least affordable city in the world for housingLast year, my assistant of six years came into my office and said: “My husband and I are moving to Edmonton.” Even though they lived in a condo in suburban New Westminster (coincidentally, the “burb” where I live), and the commute is only 30 minutes on the Skytrain, she and her husband wanted a house with a yard.
Published in Web exclusive content
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