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14 May

The Ontario government continues to modernize the way in which documents can be executed and sworn

Thursday, May 14, 2020Lindsay Ann Histrop, Simon Cheung, Jennifer SearleTax and Estate Planning, Business Law, Corporate LawCOVID-19, State of Emergency, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Bill 190, Notaries Act, Commissioner for Taking Affidavits Act

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The COVID-19 health emergency continues to cause the Ontario government to modernize legislation and to bring it into conformity with our technological world.

On May 12, 2020, the Ontario government passed Bill 190, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020.

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6 May

Insurance and business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 shutdowns: Are you covered?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020Arlene O'Neill, Evert Van WoudenbergCorporate Law, Insolvency lawCOVID-19, Insurance Policy, Business Interruption Loss Policy

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As Ontario enters another month of a government ordered lockdown of the economy because of the worldwide COVID-19 health emergency, businesses continue to struggle as they see their revenues and profits plummet. In some cases...

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27 Apr

Tax Planning Opportunities in a Depressed Market

Monday, April 27, 2020Lindsay Ann Histrop, Simon CheungTax Law, Tax and Estate Planning, Corporate LawCapital Gains, Capital Losses, Income Splitting, Prescribed Rate Loan Structure

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The recent decline in financial markets may present opportunities to obtain refunds of tax paid in prior years. They may also present opportunities for income-splitting if...

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16 Apr

Directors and officers need to stay focused and diligent during COVID-19 health emergency

Thursday, April 16, 2020Arlene O'Neill, Kathleen SkerrettCorporate Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Tax LawDirectors and Officers Liability, Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage, HST/GST

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With the COVID-19 health emergency continuing for a least another month in Ontario and non-essential businesses remaining closed, directors and officers must continue to remain focused of their duties and to protect the companies they serve as a director or officer and themselves from potential liability.

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13 Apr

COVID-19 Provides Rare Opportunity for an Estate Freeze

Monday, April 13, 2020William S. Bernstein, Lorne Saltman, James M. Parks, Greg Farano, Lindsay Ann HistropCorporate Law, Estate Planning, Income Tax Act, Tax and Estate Planning, Tax LawWills, Estate Freeze, COVID-19

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COVID-19 has resulted in significant decreases to the value of many assets, including marketable securities, private businesses and real estate. This provides an opportunity to implement an estate freeze at low values, which allows for future savings in income tax.

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13 Apr

Virtual Signatures for Wills and Powers of Attorney Now Allowed

Monday, April 13, 2020Lindsay Ann HistropCorporate Law, Estate PlanningWills, Powers of Attorney, Succession Law Reform Act, Substitute Decisions Act, COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 health emergency continues to create financial uncertainty because of the shutdown of non-essential businesses, layoffs and reductions in pay, it is understandable that people are concerned about...

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21 Jun

Social Clubs with Share Capital and the ONCA

Thursday, June 21, 2018Clifford S. GoldfarbBusiness Law, Ontario Corporations Act, Non-Profit and Charities, Corporate LawSocial Clubs

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Transition Requirements for Share Capital Social Clubs Under the Ontario Corporations Act on Proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

There are 148 share capital social clubs currently in existence in the province of Ontario[1]. These are non-profit companies with...

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19 Dec

Now in Effect: Amendments to Ontario Charities and Not-For-Profit Laws

Tuesday, December 19, 2017Clifford S. Goldfarb, James M. ParksNon-Profit and Charities, Corporate Law

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On November 14, 2017, Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 ("Act"), received Royal Assent. The Act brings much needed reform to the...

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23 Oct

Evolution of the Shareholders’ Agreement in Canada

Monday, October 23, 2017Peter MoffattBusiness Law, Corporate LawShareholders’ Agreement

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Business corporations statutes in most Canadian jurisdictions allow the shareholders of a corporation to restrict, in whole or in part, the powers of the directors of the Corporation to...

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2 Oct

What Can Go Wrong when a Director is also the largest Shareholder

Monday, October 2, 2017Kathleen SkerrettCorporate Law, Securities Law

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One of the things I have enjoyed most about practising law is the wonderful and unusual fact situations that can arise. Having now practised for 20 years, I can recollect a number of situations that would involve some version of “I can’t believe that actually happened”. Earlier this year I had another. We acted as counsel for a public company...

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25 Sep

PIPEDA - Draft Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations Published

Monday, September 25, 2017Catherine CarscallenBusiness Law, Privacy Law, Corporate LawAnti-Spam, Digital Privacy Act, Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations

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The Digital Privacy Act, passed in June 2015, made a number of amendments to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). Key among these amendments was...

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25 Sep

Ontario Announces Changes Dealing With Not-For-Profit Corporations

Monday, September 25, 2017James M. ParksCorporate Law, Non-Profit and Charities, Ontario Corporations ActOntario

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The Ontario government enacted legislation several years ago that is intended to modernize the outdated law governing corporations without share capital. The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (the “ONCA”) received Royal Assent in 2010, but...

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28 Aug

Registering a Charity in Canada

Monday, August 28, 2017Clifford S. GoldfarbNon-Profit and Charities, Income Tax Act, Corporate Law, Ontario Corporations ActCanada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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The number of charitable organizations registered with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is close to 90,000. This includes large public organizations in the health and arts field, local service groups and private or family foundations. In order to be registered as a charity, an organization...

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16 Aug

CASL - Private Right of Action Suspended

Wednesday, August 16, 2017Catherine CarscallenCorporate Law, Privacy LawAnti-Spam, CASL

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July 1, 2017 was slated to be the date when a “private right of action” under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) was scheduled to come into force. This private right of action was...  

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31 Jul

Responsive Market Regulation – Comments on 2017 OSC Paper

Monday, July 31, 2017Heather ZordelCorporate Law, Securities Law, Securities Regulation, Capital MarketsOntario Securities Commission, Education

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In a world where money flows rapidly between established markets and a growing number of innovative markets in multiple jurisdictions, it is an increasing challenge for regulators to “keep up” with...

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18 Jul

Keep it Simple and Safe – Explaining the new-found popularity of the SAFE

Tuesday, July 18, 2017George ToryCorporate Law, Securities Law, Business LawIPO, Investor Agreements, Preferred Shares

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If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.  

Not for a SAFE.

In the case of a SAFE, or a ...

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