Articles 2021


An Update on the Mandatory Disclosure Rules

  • January 19, 2023
  • Lisa Watzinger, senior associate, KPMG Law LLP, and Emily Zhong, associate, KPMG Law LLP

The implementation of changes to the Mandatory Disclosure Rules as proposed in the 2021 federal budget continues to be a multi-year process. The proposed changes include broadening the scope of the existing reportable transaction rules, enacting notifiable transaction rules and enacting uncertain tax treatment rules. Recently, the government renewed its commitment to implementing the proposed rules, but their coming into force has mixed timing.

Student Forum, Taxation Law

A Year in Review 2022 - Top Five Privacy Developments in Canada

  • January 18, 2023
  • Roland Hung (Torkin Manes LLP)

2022 was an eventful year for privacy law in Canada. The Canadian privacy landscape saw significant changes, as stakeholders at all levels recognized the need to keep up with a data-driven world. This article summarizes the top five recent developments that businesses and stakeholders should be aware of.

Privacy Law, Student Forum
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So, You Want to Become a Lawyer … Faster?

  • January 16, 2023
  • Oksana Romanov

Lincoln Alexander School of Law student Oksana Romanov recounts her professional placement at Buzaker Law Firm, and offers her insight to other students pursuing similar placements or articling positions.

Student Forum

A Brief Overview of the New Toronto Vacant Home Tax 

  • January 16, 2023
  • Birute Luksenaite

Effective January 1, 2022, the City of Toronto has begun to levy an annual 1% property-value-based tax on vacant residential properties (the Vacant Home Tax or “VHT”). VHT was codified in the new Chapter 778 of Part 2 (General By-Laws) of the Municipal Code, which Part already contained, inter alia, the City’s property tax and land transfer tax provisions. 

Student Forum, Taxation Law

Ottawa Signals Tougher Stance on Chinese Investments in Critical Minerals

  • January 12, 2023
  • Omar Wakil, Dany H. Assaf, and Rebecca (Moskowitz) Wagner

The federal government has ordered three Chinese companies to divest recently acquired interests in critical mineral assets. The statement confirming the order comes on the heels of a new policy on investments in the critical minerals sector by foreign state-owned or state-influenced enterprises (SOEs). This article outlines what you need to know about these recent developments.

Natural Resources and Energy Law, Student Forum

2022 Energy Regulatory Year in Review

  • January 12, 2023
  • Mark Rubenstein, Shepherd Rubenstein

It has been a busy and exciting year. As we start 2023, it’s an opportunity to look back and explore some of the most important themes and regulatory developments in the Ontario energy sector in 2022.

Natural Resources and Energy Law, Student Forum
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Can I Cut Down My Own Christmas Tree?

  • January 10, 2023
  • Sarah Hahn, Barriston LLP

An overview of the rules applicable to cutting trees in Ontario year-round, which may be particularly relevant during the holiday season, when clients may be considering cutting down their own Christmas tree.

Municipal Law, Student Forum