Vancouver Island Receives Foreign Trade Zone Designation

Posted by on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in Buying & Selling a Business, Immigration

This week federal Minister for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development announced Vancouver Island is designated a Foreign Trade Zone (“FTZ”) in partnership with the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (see news story here). The only other designated FTZ in B.C. is the Port of Prince George. The designation is significant in terms of economic trade and […]

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Cannabis and Travel to the United States

Posted by on Monday, October 1st, 2018 in Immigration, Privacy Law, Uncategorized

SEE UPDATE BELOW On October 17, 2018 Bill C-45 comes into effect under the Cannabis Act; the distribution and consumption of cannabis products will be legalized, regulated, and controlled. For Canadians who have a business interest in a cannabis-related company this may prove problematic for future travel to the United States. A senior official with […]

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Express Entry Suggestions

Posted by on Monday, September 24th, 2018 in Immigration, Unique Matters

Navigating Express Entry – How to Be a Successful Applicant Every year 300,000 applicants are successful in immigrating to Canada as permanent residents. For skilled workers, the majority of applicants enter through the Express Entry system through the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class, or Provincial Nominee streams. Proposed candidates build an […]

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Parent and Grandparent Visa

Posted by on Friday, September 21st, 2018 in Immigration, Unique Matters

CHANGES TO SPONSORSHIP OF PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS Starting in January 2019 Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada is making significant changes to help achieve family reunification for sponsoring parents and grandparents to become permanent residents. The Government of Canada will replace the old lottery system with a new first come first served system. In 2019, the […]

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Still Collecting Samples

Posted by on Friday, December 30th, 2016 in Out and About

As people have a little more down time I wanted to put this out as a reminder to all the work that goes on every month and thanks the INFORM scientists for allowing us as community scientists to be part of this continuing and important research (www.timescolonist.com/news/local/b-c-s-citizen-scientists-on-alert-for-radiation-from-japan-1.1741775).  We look forward to another year of dips […]

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Google decision may increase the use of your .ca domain

Posted by on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Game & App Development, IP & Branding Law, Privacy Law

In a case in the Supreme Court of Canada (watch the video of the decision here) some strategies were suggested for those who are looking to protect their company on the Internet.  In an extension of a matter that began in the BC courts (and previously discussed by us here) the Supreme Court essentially ordered […]

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Avoid Costly Oil Tank Troubles when Buying a House

Posted by on Monday, April 6th, 2015 in Litigation, Real Estate & Property Law

There is a looming epidemic here in BC that may be more devastating to homeowners that the Leaky Condo Crisis.  It is hidden away and silently gnawing away at the equity many homeowners mistakenly feel they are building up in their homes.  Underground storage tanks (USTs), that used to be for heating oil, are causing […]

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Facebook Users Beware

Posted by on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 in Privacy Law, Uncategorized

I was recently asked to comment on a news story regarding an old scam run in a new way.  Despite the image many people have of computers and smart phones often having a detrimental effect on socializing, generally this is quite the opposite of what occurs in practice.  Social networking in many forms does allow […]

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Infographic of gTLDs (New Domains) in 2015

Posted by on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 in Game & App Development, IP & Branding Law

Those of you who know me have likely heard me speak about domain names to the point where you don’t really want to hear me say much more.  With many of the new gTLD (generic Top Level Domains or the letters after the “dot”) either already running or accepting registrations this is the perfect time […]

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Joint Tenancy in Estate Planning

Posted by on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 in Real Estate & Property Law, Uncategorized, Wills & Estate Planning

Earlier this month I was contacted by an adult child wondering about getting themselves registered as a joint tenant on their surviving parent’s property to “make the estate easier to deal with”.  For property owners hoping to save their children the cost of probate, and children looking to find a simple way to transfer a […]

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Practicing Safe Social Media Marketing

At this stage, it should be clear that marketing your business through social media has the potential for some positive impact on sales but many smaller businesses hold back because, among other factors, time conscious business owners simply do not know if the time investment of managing social media accounts will provide a corresponding benefit. […]

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Crowdfunding Counterfeiters – Be Aware of the Risks

Posted by on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 in Commercial Law & Incorporations, IP & Branding Law, Litigation

According to this 2013 study the crowdfunding market will soon surpass $1 Billion and suggests a ceiling on the investment levels may be hundreds times that amount. Already thousands of small companies, entreprneurs, artists, writers, musicians, gamers and others are using crowdfunding as an alternative (or often in addition) to the traditional friends and family […]

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NDA’s are Just the Beginning for IP Protection

It is pretty well accepted that if you want to protect your businesses proprietary information that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is the place to start.  A recent decision out of the US warns us that an NDA is only the first step on a long and continuing path to protecting your IP. In that case, […]

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BC Court Orders Google to Delist Advertiser

In the terms of use (which few of us read) Google search it very clearly states that “All claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of Santa Clara County, California, USA”. Unfortunately for Google, a recent British Columbia Case reminds […]

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Estate Planning – Covering your Digital Assets

Posted by on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 in Game & App Development, Privacy Law, Wills & Estate Planning

Efficient estate planning ensures that your worldly possessions transfer to your kith and kin in accordance to your wishes…but have you planned for inclusion of your virtual possessions? No longer are we able to pass on a bundle of love letters and pictures written to bridge the gap of miles and time. Similarly, we are […]

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Multi-Generational living: Everything old is new again.

Friends of mine are an inspiration, they seem to find ways to stick together, help each other, and have fun no matter what the circumstances. Several year ago, the parents, daughter and son were all working in the same city but house prices were increasing and the children could not save enough to afford a […]

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$1.6m later Quebec decides .quebec too expensive

In this recent article the Quebec government decided that it would be too expensive to justify continuing with switching provincial government websites over to the new .quebec registry.  For the uninitiated, there is a massive change happening as I write this as to the types of web domains that can be used. We are generally […]

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US Can Now Search Foreign Servers

Posted by on Friday, November 7th, 2014 in Privacy Law

At the start of the summer, a district judge in New York ruled that US authorities can access and search through electronic data stored by US companies on servers based outside the US.
Microsoft had plead the territorial limitations of a warrant issued to it by US law enforcement in respect of data held by the company on servers based in Ireland should bar access to a search in Ireland. The district judge did not accept this position finding that given the nature of the warrant and the practical implications of effectively ceasing enforceability of such warrants such territorial limitation was not warranted.

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Top 5 Wrongful Dismissal Questions

Posted by on Friday, November 7th, 2014 in Employment Agreements

In this article we provide some information and context in response to typical questions asked in employment termination situations. This includes the difference between termination for “just cause”, and termination “without cause”, “reasonable notice” and severance. We also provide information for union members, and details about the range of reasonable notice that the employee is entitled to receive.

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Franchise Vs Marriage

Posted by on Friday, November 7th, 2014 in Franchise Law

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian marriage lasts about 14 years, better than the Australian average of about 8 years, but not much longer than the average Franchise agreement which usually run for 10 years, with an option to extend for another 10 years. That’s a long time to be in a relationship and, if the state of many divorces is any information, it is hard to stay happy together for that long. Like all of life’s decisions, the time to think about the details of an agreement is before you commit.

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5 Questions for your Canadian E-commerce Strategy

Canadian retailers are apparently missing the boat when it comes to attracting online shoppers; at least that seems to be the conclusion from a recent news story.
Citing a study on e-commerce conducted for Google, the study estimates Canadian online consumption is expected to almost double during the 2010 – 2016 period to about $51 billion. The story goes on to report that small and medium sized businesses in Canada have been more reluctant than their peers elsewhere in the world to develop e-commerce strategies.

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