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A Call to Employers to Review Internal Dress Codes: Ontario Human Rights Commission Publishes Inquiry Report on Sexual & Gender-Based Dress Codes

By Vita Gauley In November, 2015, as a result of concerns appearing in the media, including a CBC Marketplace inquiry focused on restaurant dress codes, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (Commission) was prompted to revisit its position and policy on sexualized or gender-based dress codes. The CBC Marketplace highlighted that while the issue seemed prevalent […] Read More


PROTECT YOUR PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXEMPTION! – CHANGES TO REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SALE OF YOUR HOME By Dave Thomas   Generally speaking, Canadians do not pay any Capital Gains Tax on the growth in value of their homes.  The Income Tax Act provides an exemption called the “Principal Residence Exemption”.  In most cases, if you own […] Read More

Drafting Purposes for Charitable Registration of Arts Activities

  When preparing an application to register a corporation as a charitable organization, an applicant must take particular care in drafting the purposes section of the application, as these define the objectives and objects the organization hopes to achieve upon incorporation. The purposes define what the organization plans to accomplish in incorporating itself. This guide […] Read More

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

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