Business

  • May 21, 2024

    Bill C-63: Federal government attempts to address online harms

    On Feb. 26, 2024, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-63. Bill C-63 would enact the Online Harms Act (the Act) and make amendments to the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service. The purpose of the bill is to promote the online safety of Canadians and hold social media platforms, adult content services and live-streaming services accountable for addressing harmful content online.

  • May 21, 2024

    Ontario needs updated consumer protection rules to deal with digital marketplace: law commission

    Have you ever fully read one of those terms of service contracts that pop up every time you sign up for something online? The answer is “probably not.” But not doing so can often cause significant problems, and now the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is urging the provincial government to amend its consumer protection legislation to help people who may be affected by automatically clicking yes.

  • May 21, 2024

    Money laundering trends in 2024

    Money laundering continues to be a significant global issue, with criminals constantly evolving their techniques to evade detection and legitimize illicit funds. In 2024, several trends are shaping the landscape of money laundering, posing challenges for authorities and financial institutions worldwide.

  • May 21, 2024

    How changes to capital gains could impact stock option compensation

    There’s been a lot of discussion around the upcoming increase in the capital gains inclusion rate, announced in the federal budget. What we haven’t heard as much about, however, is the effect these changes could have on the taxation of stock options (optional: from both an employee and employer perspective).

  • May 21, 2024

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: A continuing crisis | Kathy Laird

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) continues to fail Ontarians badly. According to Tribunals Ontario’s most recent Annual Report, the HRTO backlog grew by another 500 applications over the 12-month period covered by the report, despite the fact that it received the lowest number of new applications since 2015-16.  The HRTO’s unresolved caseload rose to 9,527, amounting to a three-year backlog, based on its record of closing approximately 3,000 applications a year. 

  • May 17, 2024

    Court awards $350K in defamation case involving YouTuber's ‘relentless’ attacks

    The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered a YouTube personality to pay $350,000 for conducting an “unrepentant” and “unrelenting” campaign of online defamation against a Texas-based business owner and his family.

  • May 17, 2024

    Obsidian Energy seeks arrest of First Nation leaders over oil field blockade

    Alberta-based Obsidian Energy is seeking the arrest of the chief and other members of the Woodland Cree First Nation (WCFN) over a blockade of one of the company’s oil fields by the First Nation, according to a release.

  • May 17, 2024

    Walrus tsk tsks and other travel alerts | Marcel Strigberger

    “The time has come the walrus said to talk of many things. Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.”  Lewis Carroll —Through the Looking Glass.

  • May 17, 2024

    Ottawa announces construction of new federal courthouse complex in Montreal

    The federal government has officially announced the construction of a new federal courthouse complex in the heart of Old Montreal.

  • May 17, 2024

    Work-life balance for the modern lawyer | Jacob Murad

    There are many self-help articles and books for every profession to assist with work-life balance, a trait that has never been more essential to service professionals like lawyers. In today’s smartphone society emails are treated more like instant messages, requiring immediate responses than the letters of old. In addition, the computer is always on your person, whether driving, at home or at work; while this allows for remote capabilities, it becomes much harder to “switch off.”  

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