News & Publications Results

Title Date
“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide” Annual, to date
Law Society Practice Checklists – Examination in Aid of Execution Annual, to date
Labour & Employment Update - Canada Labour Code Amendments

On June 22, 2017, Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No.1 received Royal Assent. The Act makes a number of changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) that will impact federally regulated employers, both unionized and non-unionized.

A date has not yet been set for when the changes will come into force.

This bulletin provides a high level overview of the key amendments.

Governance Frameworks Can Be Just Window Dressing – Until They Aren’t

Rita C. Andreone, QC has drafted an article entitled "Governance Frameworks Can Be Just Window Dressing – Until They Aren’t." This article discusses topics in corporate governance. 

Craig Ferris, QC and Lisa Peters, QC contribute to Chambers and Partners International Arbitration 2017

Craig Ferris, QC and Lisa Peters, QC co-authored a chapter on "International Arbitration" for the 2017 Chambers Global Practice Guides. The chapter discusses key topics in Canadian arbitration law. 

Vancouver Introduces Empty Homes Tax

Vancouver’s new Empty Homes Tax became effective January 1, 2017.

Targeting the approximately 10,000 year-round empty and 10,000 under-occupied homes in Vancouver, homes which are unoccupied for six full months of the year or more, will be subject to the new 1%  Empty Homes Tax (the “EHT”) imposed by Vancouver’s new Vacancy Tax By-law No. 11674 (the “By-law”).  Homes that are determined or deemed to be vacant will be subject to an EHT equal to 1% of the property’s taxable assessed value in addition to the existing property tax.  The EHT will be applied annually, with the first taxation year beginning January 1, 2017.  The tax for 2017 would be payable by April 2018.

Click the above pdf to read more.

SCC Upholds Decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission that Dismissal of Cocaine-Addicted Worker was not Discriminatory

In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal which found that the termination of an employee in a safety-sensitive environment who tested positive for cocaine after a workplace accident did not constitute unlawful discrimination.

Anti-Spam Private Right of Action Suspended

The Government of Canada has suspended the implementation of the private right of action in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).

The provisions in connection with CASL’s private right of action were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017. They would have given people the ability to seek damages against those who contravene certain sections of CASL, including the provisions with respect to sending commercial electronic messages, as well as certain sections of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Read more here

Alberta Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act

On June 7, 2017, Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, received Royal Assent. The Act makes significant amendments to the Alberta Employment Standards Code (the “ESC”) and Labour Relations Code (the “LRC”).  The changes will affect all provincially-regulated employers in the Province of Alberta, both unionized and non-unionized. 

Read a summary of these changes in the PDF above.

Foreclosure Practices 2017: “Costs and Protective Disbursements”, CLE of BC, (May 26, 2017), Author 26.5.17
Honesty is a Defensible Policy: Reference Checks

The Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed in Papp v. Stokes et al., 2017 ONSC 2357 that an employer will not be held liable for defamation when it provides a truthful reference about a former employee.

It is important to note that:

•    an employer should be careful to ensure that the information provided is accurate and must not act with malice in                           providing a reference, which includes acting with a reckless disregard for the truth; and 

•    while not addressed in this particular decision, employers in some Canadian jurisdictions, including private-sector                           organizations in British Columbia, must ensure that they have consent before disclosing any personal information                           about a former employee under privacy legislation.

Valerie Mann quoted in Business in Vancouver

Valerie Mann was quoted in Business in Vancouver’s article, “2017 BC CFO Awards winners drawn from high-calibre field” in which this year’s judges discussed the 2017 CFO Awards’ candidates.

29 Lawson Lundell Lawyers Ranked Across 21 Practice Areas in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 05.5.17
Heather Ferris featured in Global Restructuring Review’s ‘Women in Restructuring’ survey

Heather Ferris was profiled in the April 2017 edition of the Global Restructuring Review. This issue features women in restructuring and insolvency and examines their experiences working in the field.

Sandra MacKenzie quoted in the Yellowknifer

On April 26, 2017, Sandra MacKenzie was quoted in the Yellowknifer's article, "Unpaid 911 cash goes to Stanton charity". Sandra was quoted as Chair of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation.

Briefing Note – Minister of National Revenue v. BP Canada Energy Company

In a judgment delivered March 30, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal ("FCA") in Minister of National Revenue v. BP Canada Energy Company, 2017 FCA 61, unanimously upheld an appeal by BP (in dismissing the federal court judge's compliance order requiring BP to disclose its uncertain tax positions and underlying analysis contained in its tax accrual working papers ("TAWPs") pursuant to the Minister’s inspection powers in subsection 231.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (the "ITA"). This decision has had the effect of substantially overturning the judgment and statements of law made by the Federal Court of Canada ("FCC") where the judge ruled that the Minister has the statutory authority to request analysis and lists of tax risks and underlying analysis prepared in the course of an audit without justification - but it does not necessarily mean that TAWPs are always off limits from the Minister's investigatory powers.

“People, corporate culture are fundamental to an M&A’s success” (April 4, 2017), Author

Valerie Mann discusses the importance of human dynamics in mergers and acquisitions in her Business in Vancouver column “People, corporate culture are fundamental to an M&A’s success.”

Peter Roberts quoted in Business In Vancouver

On Monday, March 27th, Peter Roberts was quoted in the Business in Vancouver article, "Court approves first condominium sale under Bill 40." The article is the second in a two-part series examining the impact of Bill 40 on condominium owners. It focuses on the BC Supreme Court’s recent approval of the first sale of a condominium complex under the new provincial process.

2017 Federal Budget: Key Tax Changes

The 2017 Federal Budget was released on March 22, 2017. The Budget announced that the federal government will be looking into:

1. Income sprinkling using private corporations

2. Holding a passive investment portfolio inside a private corporation

3. Converting a private corporation's regular income into capital gains

This article, prepared by our Tax Group, discusses highlights of the new budget.

Freehold Lease Termination and Damages: The Post Stewart Estate World, CAPLA 14.3.17