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HTMLRequirement for Notice to Municipal Defendants
Caroline C. Failes; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 17, 2016, previously published on March 10, 2016
In Ontario, if a municipality fails to maintain its bridges, roads and sidewalks in a reasonable state of repair, the municipality is liable for all damages that any person sustains because of the default.[1] However, a short, largely unknown deadline in the Municipal Act, 2001 may bar any...

 

HTMLSpring Clean Up For Your Business
Vincent T. Cieslik; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 15, 2016, previously published on March 2, 2016
New Year’s Resolutions have come, and in some instances, passed. Spring is now upon us and there is no better time than now to give your business a Spring Clean Up. Often times in business, we do not know what we need, until we need it, and then it may be too late. You can be proactive by...

 

HTMLThe Hazy State of Marihuana Regulation in Canada
Kristen Balcom, Evan Cooke; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 15, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016
With attitudes changing and seemingly mixed messages coming from our courts, police, politicians, and medical community, it is easy to see why the current legal status of medical marihuana may seem hazy. This article will provide a brief history of the changing regulatory regime in Canada, will...

 

HTMLCommon Reporting Standard: The Impact of New Tax Transparency Rules on Charities
Alana Petraske; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 9, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016
Some time ago we wrote about the impact on UK charities of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ('FATCA'). UK charities with US investments became obliged under FATCA to certify their status to banks and investment managers, but in essence, this was 'just another form to complete'. A new...

 

HTMLU.S. Senate Banking Committee Expected To Begin Confirmation Process For Two Nominated SEC Commissioners
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2016, previously published on March 4, 2016
According to the Wall Street Journal, Senator Richard Shelby, the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is ready to initiate the confirmation process for Lisa Fairfax and Hester Pierce, who were nominated by President Obama last fall to fill the two vacant seats at the SEC. A date has yet to be...

 

HTMLNew Fundraising Requirements Introduced in Final Amends to Charities Bill
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 18, 2016
The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill (the 'Charities Bill'), which has finished its passage through Parliament and is expected to receive Royal Assent very shortly, has not avoided the focus on charity fundraising.

 

HTMLMichigan: Governor to Address the Water Crisis in Budget Proposal
David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 19, 2016
A Feb. 10, 2016 press release summarizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, submitted last week, reveals that he is seeking a substantial supplemental request for the current fiscal year to help Flint get out from under the lead-in-the-water problem. Included is $30 million...

 

HTMLFRSB Publishes Report into Charity Fundraising Practices
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 18, 2016
On 20 January 2016, the FRSB published its long-awaited report following its investigation concerning the particular circumstances which led to Olive Cooke feeling overwhelmed by contact from charities and the complaints made to the FRSB following her death.

 

HTMLPossible Extension of the Freedom of Information Act to Charities
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 18, 2016
The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information, chaired by Lord Burns, is currently reviewing the operating of the Freedom of Information Act and is due to publish its report in February. Whilst the extension of the Freedom of Information Act to charities was not included within the...

 

HTMLCharity Commission Comments on Unauthorised Trustee Benefits
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 18, 2016
The Charity Commission has published its case report on the charity Nice Time which provides recreational facilities to advance the physical education of children and young people. Two of the trustees were benefiting from payments made by the charity's subsidiary. One trustee was paid to serve as...

 


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