• The carbon tax - Waiting for peace, order and good government

    May 20, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional. The court also proclaimed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is one of the great existential issues of our time.

  • Opportunity in uncertainty

    Opportunity in uncertainty

    Apr 15, 2019

    For a lawyer who started his career on a typical path, Ryan Teschner has surely benefited from and embraced tumultuous events. As a young associate with a promising career on the partnership path at Heenan Blaikie, his career seemed straightforward. But it was not to be, once the firm dissolved in dramatic fashion.

  • What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    Feb 15, 2019

    Not every communication made between a lawyer and their client is subject to solicitor-client privilege — only legal advice is covered, and when it comes to the alleged pressure the Prime Minister’s Office may have put on former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to not prosecute SNC-Lavalin, that would not necessarily be privileged, ethics lawyers say.

  • IRS shutdown may lead to complications for Canadians

    IRS shutdown may lead to complications for Canadians

    Jan 23, 2019

    With the U.S. government shutdown in its fifth week — the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — its effects are beginning to take a toll on those north of the border. For Canadians with financial interests in the U.S., the shutdown of non-essential government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service may prove to be more than just a minor inconvenience.

  • Broken promises in C-75

    Nov 5, 2018

    In 2015, prior to the last federal election, the then-third-party Liberals made three promises that warmed the hearts of lawyers who work in the criminal-justice trenches.

  • The Top 25 Most Influential of 2018

    The Top 25 Most Influential of 2018

    Aug 7, 2018

    Meet the Canadian lawyers and judges who are making an impact

  • IP strategy is a start but misses the mark on trademarks

    Aug 7, 2018

    Back in April, the federal government committed $85.3 million over five years “to help Canadian businesses, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators understand, protect and access intellectual property through a comprehensive IP Strategy.”

  • Liberal criminal justice reforms a bold betrayal

    Apr 9, 2018

    The legislation, Bill C-75, was billed as a silver bullet to unclog our courts and bring about a “cultural shift” in the justice system. The changes may be bold, but in this case the proposed reforms will likely result in more delays and more unfair trials.

  • Former tax lawyer takes feds to court over pension payout

    Former tax lawyer takes feds to court over pension payout

    Jan 30, 2018

    A retired tax lawyer for the federal government sued his former employer because he alleges the government failed to fulfil its duty of care in regard to giving him complete and accurate information about his pension options.

  • Liberals’ summer jobs program controversy on reproductive rights overblown

    Jan 29, 2018

    Religious organizations and editorial writers have sown confusion about new eligibility criteria for organizations that want to hire students under the Canada Summer Jobs program.

  • Trudeau’s Aga Khan vacation, get ready for Duffy part 2

    Jan 29, 2018

    It could be a House of Cards political thriller: A high-ranking elected official and his family are wined and dined by a rich and powerful foreign agent who does business with the government.

  • My predictions for federal justice reform in 2018

    Jan 15, 2018

    It is always dangerous to prophesize, particularly, as an old Danish proverb warns, about the future. Unfortunately, the temptation to make an educated guess about the future is irresistible.

  • Leading change within government

    Leading change within government

    Dec 11, 2017

    Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.

  • Federal tax reform debates suffer from the Rashomon effect

    Oct 10, 2017

    The film Rashomon uses a plot device that involves various characters providing subjective, alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. One can see the theoretical application of this plot device to the multi-varied perception of the liberal government’s changes to the taxation of Canadian controlled private corporations.

  • Sounding the privacy alarm

    Oct 2, 2017

    Should the police be able to track who you call or text and where you are located throughout the day even when you are not suspected of any crime? Most people would not hesitate, I suspect, to say no.

  • Feds playing the class warfare card is a political miscalculation

    Sep 18, 2017

    It’s disappointing to see Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engage in a subtle form of “class warfare” against professionals and small-business people given the proposed tax changes that would detrimentally affect lawyers, doctors, farmers and other small-business people who run their businesses through corporations. So, let’s be a bit bold and provocative in the definitions department and call these people “job creators.”

  • Waiting for action as federal government makes no move to address mandatory minimums

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadians were told that reforming the justice system was a priority for Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Trudeau government. We were told that evidence-based policy is the new order of business when it comes to crime and punishment. Both Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould identified the use of mandatory minimum sentences and constraints on judicial discretion as priority areas for reform. And then there was no action.

  • Feds’ proposed private corporation tax changes are an attack on lawyers and business

    Aug 14, 2017

    In 2016, the federal government eliminated ways to maximize the small business deduction. Earlier this year, the government took aim at tax deferral opportunities afforded to certain professionals, including lawyers, by proposing to eliminate billed-basis accounting.

  • The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

    The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

    Aug 8, 2017

    Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year.

  • A case of no respect?

    A case of no respect?

    Jul 10, 2017

    Poor François Desroches-Lapointe. A board member and spokesman for the Quebec civil lawyers’ and notaries’ union — Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois, or LANEQ — he tried in vain in May to find members who were willing to share their first-hand experiences on the picket lines during their historic four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history.