News & Publications Results
|National Valuation and Legal Symposium, Cross-Canada Legal Panel: British Columbia Update
"Is the tax system becoming more or less equitable and transparent?" - paper presented at the Canadian Property Tax Association Ontario Chapter, 5th National Valuation and Legal Symposium.
|International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Transition Disclosure Update
Issuers filing financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the financial year ending December 31, 2009 are required to provide disclosure on their progress towards IFRS adoption. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published pertinent advice on IFRS-related disclosure expectations for forthcoming MD&A.
|Canadian Freestyle Ski Association Olympic Success
Lawson Lundell is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. We offer our congratulations to Alexandre Bilodeau and Jennifer Heil on their medal winning moguls performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
|Canadian Mining Law
This paper provides a general sense of how hard rock mining law works in Canada by examining topics such as the Canadian legal and political structure; foreign investment; aboriginal title and rights; environmental law; the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and British Columbia. It was presented at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Mining Law Short Course.
|Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations
This paper discusses five types of for-profit unincorporated business organizations: general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and unlimited liability companies. It was presented at Insight's 2010 Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference.
|Climate Change Newsletter: New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations
As of January 1, 2010, “single facility operations” and “linear facilities operations”, located in British Columbia and emitting 10,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gases (GHGs) per year will be required to register with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), collect emissions data, and report their GHG emissions.
|Winner of the 2009 Lawson Lundell LLP Prize in Aboriginal Law Announced
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce that Orlagh O'Kelly is the 2009 winner of the annual Lawson Lundell LLP Prize in Aboriginal Law.
|Labour and Employment Law Bulletin: British Columbia Bans Use of Electronic Devices While Driving
Upon proclamation of amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, the use of handheld electronic devices while driving or operating a motor vehicle will be prohibited in British Columbia effective January 1, 2010.
Employers should ensure that their employees are informed of the new legislation and required to comply with the law when operating any motor vehicle for business purposes, whether the vehicle is personally owned or provided by the employer.
|Pension and Employee Benefits Law Briefing Note: R. v. Christophe (2009 ONCJ 586)
Trustees Convicted of Regulatory Offence
In a decision that stands as a cautionary note to trustees of pension and benefit plans, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has found the Trustees of the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan guilty of breaching the investment rules applicable to pension plans in Ontario.
|Purchase and Sale Agreements
Presentation made to the 10th Annual Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference hosted by Federated Press in Vancouver, BC on November 2-3, 2009.
|Labour and Employment Law Update: A Cautionary Tale About Temporary Layoffs
A recent decision of the B.C. Supreme Court, Besse v. Dr. A.S. Mechner Inc., 2009 BCSC 1316, serves as a reminder that employers do not have the right to lay off employees temporarily (and without severance) unless this right is specified in the employment agreement.
|Pension and Employee Benefits Bulletin: Pension Reforms Announced by the Minister of Finance
On October 27, 2009 the Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty announced a number of proposed changes to the pension framework in Canada. Most of the proposed changes will be made to the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (Canada) (the “PBSA”), which governs federally regulated pension plans.
|Patricia Gallivan, Q.C., honoured with Lexpert Zenith Award
Patricia Gallivan, Q.C., has been honoured as a recipient of the Lexpert Zenith Award.
|Legal Challenges of Valuing Property in Falling (or Otherwise Turbulent) Market - British Columbia Perspective
Paper prepared for the 43rd Annual Canadian Property Taxation Association National Workshop Cross Canada Legal Panel. The paper examines some of the "tools" available to the Baord to sort out complex valuation questions complicated even further by the turbulence in our markets over the past 18 months.
|Getting The Deal Through
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through - e-Commerce 2010 (published in August 2009; contributing editor Robert Bond - Speechly Bircham LLP). For further information please visit www.GettingTheDealThrough.com.
|Lawson Lundell welcomes Peter Tolensky
Lawson Lundell is pleased to welcome Peter M. Tolensky as a partner to the Firm.
|Pension & Benefits Law Briefing Note: Nolan v. Kerry (Canada) Inc.
On August 7, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much anticipated decision in Nolan v. Kerry (Canada) Inc. The high court voted 5-2 in favor of upholding a 2007 lower court decision which backed Kerry’s ability to pay plan administration expenses using plan assets.
|Jurisdiction: Various Issues
This paper addresses a number of "key concepts and thorny issues" relating to the issue of jurisdiction under administrative law.
|New Civil Rules, Family Rules and Court Fees
The Province has adopted new civil and family court rules that are to be fully implemented by July 1, 2010. The aim of the new rules is to make it easier for the average citizen to access the courts to resolve legal disputes. The new rules are intended to speed up the process, lower the costs associated with litigation and simplify the litigation process.
|Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students
On July 10, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered reasons in Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students, 2009 SCC 31 [GVTA]. This case is important because it further delineates the right to freedom of expression protected in section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Secondly, the Court elaborates on the principles that will be applied in determining whether certain entities will be considered “government” for the purposes of the Charter.