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MC Business Solutions Wendy MacIntyre in The Chronicle Herald’s Cream: The Road to Strategic Human Resources
By Wendy MacIntyre May 25, 2015

Most organizations have a strategic plan to guide them in successfully meeting their mission and responding to change – organizational, technological, global and legal. Organizations routinely map out financial plans to ensure they achieve their goals and minimize risk exposure; workforce plans are not as common – but just as important.   Strategic Human Resources

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Legal Update: Tread Carefully – 10 Considerations for Right of Way Agreements
By A. Douglas Tupper May 25, 2015

Every party to a Right of Way has some idea of what that Right of Way is – but many times, those ideas are different. This failure to clarify what both parties actually intended can be a road to lengthy, costly, and acrimonious disputes between the current or subsequent owners of the road, and people

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McInnes Cooper’s David Fraser & Trent Skanes in Construction Law Letter: Complying with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) – A Blueprint for the Construction Industry
By David Fraser, Trent Skanes May 22, 2015

The construction industry, from project owners and contractors to subcontractors and trades, might be sitting back, ignoring the hype around Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), thinking it’s targeted at “spammers”: faceless entities that bombard us with electronic “junk”. But they shouldn’t get too comfortable; CASL applies to them, too.    Read McInnes Cooper lawyers David Fraser and Trent Skanes‘ article “Complying

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Legal Update: Positive Onus on Sellers – 3 Key Changes to Prospectus Exemption Rules & 3 Compliance Tips
By Basia Dzierzanowska , Danielle Daigle May 22, 2015

On May 5, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) adopted amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) changing the accredited investor and minimum amount exemptions – and squarely placing a positive onus on securities issuers and sellers to make sure an investor actually qualifies for the exemption. The Ontario Securities Commission adopted similar

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Legal Alert: School Board Powers Only as Broad as Province Delegates – Including Charter Minority Language Educational Rights in Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v. Yukon (Attorney General)
By Kiersten Amos May 19, 2015

On May 14, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada decided that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee of minority language educational rights doesn’t give a school board the unilateral power to admit students to a French Language School other than those who are “eligible” under the relevant provincial legislation.   The SCC’s decision

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Legal Alert: Can you Measure Equality? SCC Puts Substance Into Minority Language Educational Rights in Association des parents de l’école Rose des vents v. British Columbia (Education)
By Marie-Claude Blais April 27, 2015

On April 24, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada decided the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee of minority-language educational rights protects substantive equality of minority-language education, not merely formal equality – and this is measured by the quality of the educational experience, not costs and practicalities. The SCC’s decision moves minority-language educational rights

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Legal Update: 2015 Atlantic Canada Minimum Wage Roundup
April 22, 2015

After a very long winter, the snow is almost gone: time for our annual look at Atlantic Canadian general minimum wage rates. The minimum wage rate is the lowest rate an employer is permitted to pay an employee. The minimum wage rate in every Atlantic Canadian province is higher than it was a year ago

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Legal Alert: SCC Gives Municipalities (& Other Government Authorities) 3 Reasons Not to Say A Little Prayer in Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City)
By James C. Mosher April 15, 2015

On April 15, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada decided the City of Saguenay’s recitation of a religious – though non-denominational – prayer before public Council meetings is discriminatory and breaches its duty of neutrality. Technically, this decision doesn’t say that every religious prayer or practice will breach a state authority’s duty of neutrality. A

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Legal Alert: Section D Subrogation – Insurance Settlement Relevant in Damages Assessment Against Uninsured Driver in MacKean v. Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance
By Wendy J. Johnston April 15, 2015

On April 10, 2015 the NS Court of Appeal confirmed the law in NS when it decided in MacKean v. Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, 2015 NSCA 33 that a court must review the reasonableness of any settlement a Section D insurer made with an injured party when considering the insurer’s claim for recovery of

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Legal Alert: Express Wish Prevails in First Court Interpretation of NS Personal Directives Act in B.M. v. K.S.
By Catherine D. A. Watson April 13, 2015

  On April 9, 2015 the NS Supreme Court decided a person’s express wish as stated in a valid personal directive – and not what is in her best interests – carries the greatest weight in the first decision by a court considering the NS Personal Directives Act. The decision in B.M. v. K.S. makes

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McInnes Cooper’s Megan Seto in Taxnet Pro™: The Export / Import Journey – 3 Ways Choosing a Free Trade Agreement Country Can Simplify the Trip
By Megan Seto April  8, 2015

Our lawyers share not only their knowledge of the law with our clients; they also share the practical business implications of that legal knowledge. In Megan Seto’s article, The Export / Import Journey – 3 Ways Choosing a Free Trade Agreement Country Can Simplify the Trip, Megan discusses 3 keys ways that choosing a country

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Legal Alert: Investing in Atlantic Canada – NB Increases Small Business Investor Tax Credit Rate
By Marie-Claude Blais April  2, 2015

On March 31, 2015 the NB Government announced an increase to the tax credit rate for individual investors under the NB Small Business Investor Tax Credit Program. For investments made after March 31, 2015 the rate will be 50% for eligible investments by eligible individual investors under the Program, up from 30%, and the maximum

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Legal Update: The Export/Import Journey – 3 Key Ways Choosing a Free Trade Agreement Country Can Simplify the Trip
By Megan Seto April  2, 2015

The market for the sale and the supply of goods is a global one for many businesses in today’s economy. Both exporting goods from Canada and importing goods into Canada can be a complex journey for any business, and especially for first-timers or small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). There are alot of players, alot of

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Legal Alert: Expert Evidence – Clarification of Requirements for Admission @ Trial in Westerhof v. Gee Estate
By Tom Keeler March 31, 2015

On March 26, 2015 the Ontario Court of Appeal clarified the requirements for introducing expert witness evidence at trial by deciding that Ontario’s civil procedure Rule 53.03 doesn’t apply broadly to all witnesses with special expertise who give opinion evidence. The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Westerhof v. Gee Estate, 2015 ONCA 206 is relevant to

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McInnes Cooper’s Danielle Kershaw in LIANSWERS: Final Form of New NS Limitation of Actions Act – ‘Sudden Death’ Limitation is Out for Personal Injury Claims
By Danielle Kershaw March 31, 2015

Our lawyers believe it’s important to contribute to professional education and to stay abreast of legal developments.   In her article, Final Form of New NS Limitation of Actions Act: “Sudden Death” Limitation is Out for Personal Injury Claims, McInnes Cooper’s Danielle Kershaw reviews the final form of the new NS Limitations of Actions Act – the

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