Tax

  • March 22, 2024

    Tax preparer jailed for $34 million charitable donation fraud

    A Brampton, Ont. man has been sentenced to three years in jail for fraud over $34 million, according to a March 22 enforcement notification issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

  • March 22, 2024

    Ottawa looks to reduce percentage of temporary residents to five per cent of population

    Citing the need to “ramp things down,” in part to address Canada’s “affordability challenge” in such areas as housing, Immigration Minister Marc Miller says the federal government wants to stem the rapid growth in temporary residents by reducing their number over the next three years from 6.2 per cent of Canada’s population (2.5 million people in 2023) to five per cent.

  • March 22, 2024

    Canada to set temporary immigration levels starting in September | Colin Singer

    Canada will start limiting temporary immigration and gradually work on reducing it over the coming three years, says Immigration Minister Marc Miller. Starting this fall, the federal government plans to reduce the number of temporary residents in Canada to 5 per cent of its population over the next three years. It is currently 6.2 per cent.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ottawa cuts back on temporary foreign workers; reduces permitted percentage of ‘low wage’ workers

    The federal government has announced it is “adjusting” its temporary foreign worker program which has experienced “a surge in demand” due to the post-pandemic economy, low unemployment rates, and record-high job vacancy rates in 2022.

  • March 21, 2024

    Feds seek to improve procurement after subcontractors illegally bill for $5 million

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is taking measures to fight fraud by federal contractors, including the introduction of a new Office of Supplier Integrity and Compliance.

  • March 21, 2024

    Electoral reform bill targets dark money, foreign interference, deep fakes, other AI misinformation

    Ottawa’s proposed overhaul of the Canada Elections Act includes new false and misleading speech offences and administrative monetary penalties (AMPs); new and expanded prohibitions targeting foreign interference and the misuse of AI and deep fakes to fuel disinformation and voter suppression; and new third-party contribution rules the federal government says will “increase transparency and mitigate dark or foreign funds in Canada’s election system.”

  • March 21, 2024

    Politicization of tribunal appointments worse than that of judicial appointments | Brian Cook

    Recent moves by the current government to politicize the process of appointing judges have caused significant concern. The process for appointing adjudicators who sit on Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals is much worse. The government has been criticized for making political appointments to the committee responsible for making judicial appointment recommendations. There is no such committee, and virtually no other form of oversight for appointments to adjudicative tribunals.

  • March 19, 2024

    Ottawa appeals declaration of constitutional requirement for timely federal judicial appointments

    “Stay in your lane” — those words might encapsulate the thrust of the federal government’s message to the Federal Court in Ottawa's appeal of a recent groundbreaking judgment, which declared that the prime minister and federal justice minister are constitutionally obliged to fix the lengthy federal judicial appointment delays that have for years bedeviled litigants, lawyers and judges.

  • March 18, 2024

    Fiduciary accounting for Ontario trustees: Guide for executors, attorneys for property

    The duty to account refers to the obligation of persons acting in a fiduciary capacity, such as a trustee, executor or attorney or guardian for property, to keep records of the assets and liabilities they are managing on behalf of others and be able to accurately report their activities and results when required. The obligation first arose from equity and common law.

  • March 18, 2024

    Appeal and judicial review of a tribunal decision | Sara Blake

    The Supreme Court of Canada has breathed life into an Ontario statutory provision that has been mostly ignored since it came into effect in 1972. Section 2(1) of the Judicial Review Procedure Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. J.1 (JRPA), authorizes the Divisional Court to grant relief on judicial review “despite any right of appeal.” For 40 years, Ontario courts consistently overlooked this provision, instead preferring to exercise their discretion to deny a remedy on judicial review because it regards a right of appeal to the court as an adequate alternative remedy.

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