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|“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide”||Annual, to date|
|Law Society Practice Checklists – Examination in Aid of Execution||Annual, to date|
|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|
|Peter Roberts quoted in Business in Vancouver||14.3.17|
|Ontario Court of Appeal Judgment a Reminder of the Importance of Carefully Drafted Termination Clauses
In a recent decision, Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158, the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a 2016 judgment of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that had found a termination clause in an employee’s employment agreement enforceable. The consequence for the employer was that, instead of 13 weeks’ working notice and a lump sum equivalent to eight weeks’ pay, the employee was entitled to nine months’ reasonable notice.
|No Common Law Duty Requiring Employers to Reasonably Exercise their Discretionary Contractual Powers in Relation to their Employees
In a recent decision, Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1, the Alberta Court of Appeal reversed a 2015 judgement of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench that had recognized a common law duty requiring employers to reasonably exercise their discretionary contractual powers in relation to their employees. The Court of Appeal found that such a duty is not one that should be imposed upon employers.
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