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Updates to BC’s Strata Property Act Lacking

Posted by on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 in Real Estate & Property Law

The BC government recently introduced several changes to the Strata Property Act which change several important elements; for the latest updates from the government see their page ( The changes target three areas: 1) The removal of general rental restrictions; 2) The removal of age restrictions; and 3) Confirming electronic participation in meetings. We provide […]

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Ghost Kitchen Leasing

Leasing out a ghost kitchen can be a good bonus for a budding restauranteur

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Canada Government Support re: COVID-19

Posted by on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized

There were some good sounding announcements today for small businesses. Here are some of the key details of today’s announcements as they apply to small businesses. Short answer seems to be that for any new funds, the federal government will get your local bank to assist in the assessment and application then the government will […]

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Coronavirus for Employers

Posted by on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 in Employment Agreements, Uncategorized

Below are some tips for employers todeal with coronavirus concerns: Prevention Alert employees as to the symptoms and risks associated with the coronavirus, as well as prevention measures. This information is readily available from official health sources, including your local public health office. Encourage employees to wash their hands prior to commencing work, after sneezing […]

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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 (  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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