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The Indian Act – Exemption from Taxation

The Canada Revenue Agency notes on its website that “We recognize that many First Nations people in Canada prefer not to describe themselves as Indians. However, we use the term Indian because it has a legal meaning in the Indian Act.”  For the same reason, the … [Read More...]

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Bench Press

Bench Press 38-6: Limits to “Mr. Big” Stings

Police in Newfoundland suspected that Nelson Hart deliberately drowned his twin daughters but had no proof.  They began an elaborate hoax to recruit Mr. Hart into a fictitious crime ring. After about … [Read More...]

Bench Press

Bench Press 38-6: A Bride’s Worst Nightmare!

Melanie Johnson arranged for a Calgary designer and tailor to make four bridesmaid dresses, a flower girl’s dress and a wedding veil for her October 2011 wedding, and to make alterations to her … [Read More...]

Bench Press

Bench Press 38-6: Court Decision an “Earthquake”

Both the land and the legal landscape underwent a transformation recently as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada decision.  The Court ruled for the first time that an Aboriginal nation has title to … [Read More...]

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Practical Law for Everyday Life

Residential Tenancies Column (aka Landlord and Tenant Law)

Can a landlord charge a tenant for renovations?

I just got a question from a tenant. The landlord replaced all the windows in the rental property, and then gave the tenant a bill for half the cost of the renovations. Seriously. The tenant … [Read More...]

Family Law Column

A Brief Primer on Child Support: Part Two

This article is the second of a two-part series on the basics of child support. In the first article I talked about who can ask for support and who has to pay it. In this article, I’ll talk about how … [Read More...]

Family Law Column

A Brief Primer on Child Support: Part One

Child support is money paid by a parent toward the living expenses of his or her child. Other people can be required to pay child support, including guardians and stepparents. The duty to pay child … [Read More...]

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Nickel Shower: An Environmental Class Action

Introduction The recent Smith v. Inco Limited case is the first Canadian environmental class action lawsuit to proceed through a trial and appeal. It shows how the courts mediate between the interests of industry and of private landowners. Inco refined nickel near the small southern Ontario city … [Read More...]


The Ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility

What is Corporate Social Responsibility, and what is not? Companies engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) when they confer benefits on the communities located in or near where they work which are neither required by law nor an integral part of their primary, profit-oriented operations. … [Read More...]