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Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 9:34 AM

Norton Rose’s new Canadian managing partner to take over Jan. 1

Norton Rose Fulbright announced that litigation lawyer Jennifer Teskey is the firm’s new Canadian managing partner, effective Jan. 1, 2024. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 4:56 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 1:53 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - B.C. Court of Appeal: Employee who sexually harassed co-worker wrongfully dismissed

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a finding that a café wrongfully dismissed an employee for refusing to sign an affidavit potentially incriminating himself after he was found to have sexually harassed a co-worker. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 2:00 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Industry association: Rising payroll taxes making job creation, wage hikes less affordable

Rising payroll taxes across Canada are driving up the cost of doing business and decreasing take-home pay for employees already dealing with high inflation, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has said in a report. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:51 PM

BLG adds partner, counsel

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) welcomed John-Paul Alexandrowicz to the firm as partner and Melissa Ghislanzoni as counsel to the firm’s investment management group. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:51 PM

Four former articling students join Lawson Lundell as associates

Lawson Lundell announced that four of its articling students have joined its Vancouver and Kelowna-Landmark offices as associates in its corporate commercial and litigation and dispute resolution groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:50 PM

Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations issue cybersecurity prevention reference tool

The Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations (CISRO) has released a “new reference tool adapted to insurance intermediaries to which they can refer to in their efforts to prevent cybersecurity incidents and be ready to respond to them should they occur.” ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:34 PM

Trade Remedies: Federal Court of Appeal narrows scope for injury, part two Stack of plywood

As we discussed in the first article in this two-part series, the Federal Court of Appeal recently published the decision in Canadian Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association v. Canada (Attorney General), 2023 FCA 154. This decision upheld the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (“CITT” or “Tribunal”) approach to several aspects of the injury analysis in trade remedies proceedings under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA). ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:16 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ontario farmers challenge UN rapporteur’s comments linking foreign worker program to slavery

Ontario fruit and vegetable growers have challenged comments made by a United Nations special rapporteur linking the country’s temporary foreign worker program to slavery, noting that employer obligation to such workers were as high or higher than obligations to Canadian workers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 3:57 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court: ‘Professional landlord’s’ rental income not business income for CRB eligibility

The Federal Court has upheld a finding that a landlord was ineligible for benefits under the Canada Recovery Benefits Act (CRBA) as rental income claimed by the applicant could not be classified self-employment income to establish eligibility. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 3:38 PM

Legal regulators challenge new tax law compelling bar to report clients’ confidential information Roy Millen, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Vancouver

Canada’s more than 155,000 legal professionals — with a global reputation for successfully challenging multiple unconstitutional state incursions on the bar’s independence and ethical duties to clients — went to court again Sept. 11, this time battling what they contend is yet another bid by Ottawa over the past 25 years to turn them into state agents, in this instance by mandating that legal professionals report to federal tax authorities confidential client information about certain client tax transactions that might constitute tax avoidance. ... [read more]