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  • What Manitobans need to know about The New Home Warranty Act

    - On January 1, 2017, The New Home Warranty Act (the “Act”) will come into force in Manitoba. Our provincial government enacted this legislation in an effort to strengthen protection for buyers of new homes in Manitoba. Read more…

  • Lawyer Profile: Marni L. Karpiak

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  • Demystifying Constructive Dismissal

    - The concept of constructive dismissal causes a lot of confusion and is often misunderstood by both employees and employers. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada in Potter v. New Brunswick (Legal Aid Services Commission), provided a comprehensive overview of the law of constructive dismissal in non-unionized work environments. Read more…

  • Medical assistance in dying

    - On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)” received Royal Assent. Bill C -14 was drafted in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Carter v. Canada in February 2015, declaring parts of the Criminal Code that prohibited medical assistance in dying to be void for violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read more…

  • Uber & the evolution of Canadian transportation legislation

    - Uber, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2009, began as a transportation technology application whereby users could request premium transportation services in a few large metropolitan areas. The company has since transformed into a global transportation network, connecting drivers and riders in over 484 cities worldwide. Uber boasts benefits to the cities in which they operate, including strengthened local economies, improved access to transportation, and safer streets. Read more…

  • Unjust dismissal: Developments in federal employment law

    - The general rule in employment law is that employees can be terminated from employment without reason or cause, so long as employers provide proper notice of termination, or pay in lieu of notice. The exception to this rule is in unionized workplaces, where most employers are required to have just cause for termination in order to dismiss an employee. Read more…

  • Lawyer Profile: David J. Kroft

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  • Revenge porn, cyberbullying and the law

    - Technology has revolutionized how we work, communicate and socialize, but it has also given predators and bullies an additional platform to torment their victims. Legislators and the courts have been scrambling to catch up with ever-advancing technology to address “revenge porn” and “cyberbullying”. The following is a brief overview of how the Legislatures and the courts have considered these issues, in both the civil and criminal context. Read more…

  • The tax implications of a Canadian owning property in the United States

    - Over the past number of years, it has become increasingly common for Canadians to purchase U.S. vacation home properties. Although purchases of U.S. property by Canadians might be less likely in the foreseeable future due to the nosedive of the Canadian dollar, it is important for existing Canadian owners to be aware of the implications of U.S. property ownership, particularly on death. Read more…

  • In contempt of court? Better bring your toothbrush!

    - It has often been said that “debtors’ prison” was abolished many years ago. For the most part, that is true for impoverished people. A recent decision of the Federal Court demonstrates that the concept of prison for those who are unwilling to pay their debts despite having the ability to do so remains au courant. Read more…