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Posted in Commercial

On December 22, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Reference Re: Securities Act, 2011 SCC 66.  As noted in a previous post, the Reference involved a show down between the federal government and various provincial governments over the question of whether the legislation creating a proposed new national securities regulator is constitutionally ...

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B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office, still a relatively new entity, is becoming more aggressive in its approach to seeking forfeiture of what it sees as illicitly acquired assets or property that is being used for an unlawful purpose.  In September 2011, the Director of Civil Forfeiture seized five “high-end sports cars” for allegedly street racing.  In October 2011, the ...

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One of the most common forms of estate planning, particularly among couples, is not to have any plan at all.  That is often a very bad idea for a wide variety of reasons.  However, there are circumstances where it is a good idea and can avoid many estate problems.  This can be done by owning all assets in joint tenancy with your spouse.  Generally, when one of the joint tenants dies, the ...

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Posted in Commercial, Fraud

On November 7, 2011, the federal Government issued a consultation paper on proposed amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing (“PCMLTF”) Act and Regulations which, if enacted, will impose significant new obligations on reporting entities covered by the legislation.

The PCMLTF legislation, as the name suggests, is aimed at ...

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