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Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

New president of Manitoba legal regulator eyes access to justice, technology, diversity Wayne Onchulenko, president of the Law Society of Manitoba.

Keeping lawyers up to speed on using technology and continuing to improve access to justice in remote communities are high priorities for the Law Society of Manitoba’s new president. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 12:31 PM

Ottawa invites funding proposals from organizations working for women’s equality Women and Gender Equality and Youth Minister Marci Ien

The federal government is calling for funding proposals from organizations that are fighting for women’s equality. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 9:28 AM

Accessible justice through law school public interest programming | Dana Rotenberg

It is an honour to have been invited by the Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis to write a guest column on the connection between access to justice and legal education. As law students across the country settle into the academic year, this is certainly a timely topic to explore. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 9:16 AM

Consulting firm joins KPMG’s cross-border legal, tax planning services

KPMG in Canada announced that lawyer Mark Feigenbaum and the Feigenbaum Consulting team have joined the firm to strengthen KPMG’s cross-border legal and tax planning services. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 5:04 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Feds to scrap ‘efficiency’ defence to anti-competitive mergers, expand Competition Bureau power Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne

The Trudeau government has moved to scrap the controversial “efficiencies” defence to anti-competitive mergers as part of a new package of proposed legislative measures that would remove the GST from new purpose-built rental housing, while expanding the Competition Bureau’s powers to investigate and compel information and enabling the government to direct that the anti-monopoly watchdog inquire into the state of competition in particular industries. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 3:42 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Tax changes prevented creation of over 12K new businesses since 2015: report

A recent report released by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), an organization focusing on public policy reforms based on market economic principles, claims that income tax increases since 2015 have prevented the creation of thousands of potential businesses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 12:48 PM

Navigating the Underused Housing Tax maze Large empty kitchen in new house

Canada’s Underused Housing Tax (UHT), which took effect on Jan. 1, 2022, had its first filing deadline on April 30, 2023. However, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provided transitional relief so that no penalties or interest will be applied for returns and payments received before Nov. 1, 2023. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 @ 6:00 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Business and property income - Capital cost allowance - Tax avoidance - General anti-avoidance rule

Appeal by Crown from Tax Court of Canada (“Tax Court”) decisions vacating assessments issued by Minister of National Revenue (“Minister”) against each of respondents on grounds that the Tax Court erred in concluding that s. 160(1) of the Income Tax Act, construed on its own or in light of the general anti-avoidance rule (“GAAR”), did not apply. The five respondents were holding corporations that indirectly owned, in five respective partnerships, a parcel of a farmland. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 4:06 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canada imposes more sanctions for Iranian regime’s ‘continued aggression’ against Iranians Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly

Canada has imposed sanctions against six Iranian officials involved in “gross and systemic violations of human rights,” including the chief architect of the regime’s repressive compulsory hijab policy, as well as against senior members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC) and Iran’s parliament involved in the Iranian regime’s "continued aggression against its citizens.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 3:14 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court upholds CBSA decision denying Mazda refunds for customs duty paid on defective parts

The Federal Court of Canada has upheld a decision by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) denying Mazda’s claims for refunds of customs duty paid on defective imported vehicle parts for failing to provide evidence of disposal of the parts. ... [read more]