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The Importance of Shareholders’ Agreements for Private Corporations

When incorporating a corporation with other individuals or purchasing shares in an existing corporation as a way of partnering in business with others, taking the time to negotiate a Shareholders’ Agreement is always strongly advised. A Shareholders’ Agreement is a highly valuable document that not only sets out the current organizational structure of a corporation […] Read More

New regulations under the Securities Act, makes it easier for corporations to sell shares over the Internet

By Matthew Leask, Associate LBW Start-ups and Small businesses looking to enter new markets or create new products or services often face challenges raising money to fund their entrepreneurial ventures. At Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP we specialize in helping people with great business ideas get off the ground, and proper funding can be major […] Read More

Full Olympic Ban On Russia Never Had A Chance

By Jamie Strashin, CBC Sports In the wake of the latest investigation into widespread doping by Russian athletes, many reached what they thought was an obvious conclusion: the traditional athletic superpower would be sidelined for the Rio Olympics because of its numerous, grievous and brazen violations. If you read Richard McLaren’s damning report on Russia’s government-supported cheating, […] Read More

How to Keep Your Parent/Child Joint Assets Out of Estate Litigation

By Kristi Collins One very common source of estate litigation today stems from a key misunderstanding about how the law treats assets held jointly by elderly parents and their adult children. In this Part 1, I briefly define “joint tenancy with right of survivorship” and explain the difference in the way the law treats joint […] Read More

Bill 132: Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan New Employer Responsibilities Effective September 8, 2016

By Leanne Standryk In March 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne released the report “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment”.  The Plan was aimed at raising awareness and addressing sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, schools and the community.  The Plan recommended the introduction of a new definition of sexual […] Read More

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: Changes Coming Summer 2016

By: Leanne Standryk   This summer, Ontario organizations will see changes coming into effect with respect to our province’s laws on accessibility for people with disabilities.  In 2005, the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which called for organizations, including employers and trade unions, to work towards providing accessible services […] Read More

UPDATE ON THE ONTARIO RETIREMENT PENSION PLAN

by Leanne Standryk and Alexandra Delvecchio   In our March 2016 Corporate Bulletin, we introduced you to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), a mandatory pension plan for Ontario resident employees who do not enjoy a comparable plan through their employment. The goal of the ORPP was to ensure that every employee in Ontario will […] Read More

Bill 132: Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan New Employer Responsibilities Effective September 8, 2016

By Leanne Standryk In March 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne released the report “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment”.  The Plan was aimed at raising awareness and addressing sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, schools and the community.  The Plan recommended the introduction of a new definition of sexual […] Read More

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY BUSINESS ASSETS IF MY MARRIAGE FAILS

Most young people marry with little or no assets or savings so they don’t worry about protecting something that doesn’t exist yet. Therefore, Marriage Contracts are rarely utilized in most first marriages. The exception is if there is a substantial differences in wealth between the bride and groom, particularly, where one has inherited or expects […] Read More

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and Your Workplace

by Leanne Standryk, Partner The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) received Royal Assent on May 5, 2015. The ORPP is a mandatory pension plan for Ontario resident employees who don’t have a “comparable plan”. The stated goal of the ORPP is to ensure that every employee in Ontario will be part of either the ORPP […] Read More

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