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Transfer pricing: What’s new in Canada (Part I)

Since 2012, there have been unprecedented developments in Canada and globally in the area of international tax. The sheer volume and complexity of these developments make it difficult for Canadian corporations to keep up on what changes actually impact transfer pricing.

 

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Competition Bureau reinforces its focus on non-notifiable transactions

In a recent news release, the Competition Bureau made official its intention to increase the resources it devotes to the identification and review of non-notifiable merger transactions.

 

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Ten common Builders Lien Act misconceptions

An important object of the Builders Lien Act, S.B.C. 1997, c. 45 is to assist those who contribute their work and materials to a construction project in being paid. However, the use of builders liens and other remedies afforded by the BLA is commonly misunderstood.

 

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The rising tide of global whistleblower regulations

The whistleblowing landscape has changed substantially over the past few years. High profile cases have spurred new whistleblower protection regulations across the globe.

 

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Allegations and investigations

What we should all note from the news is that a failure to perform an appropriate investigation is a serious source of risk to any organization.

 

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Compliance with the Quebec language requirements for display of trademarks to be ‎mandatory on November 24, 2019‎

This information bulletin addresses the language requirements pertaining to display, in a language other than French, of trademarks on real estate in Quebec.

 

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Ways to maintain proper books and records

A recent Tax Court of Canada (“TCC”) decision, Promised Land Ministries v. The Queen[1], serves as a reminder to charities of the importance of maintaining proper books and records.

 

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KPMG studies ERM and gets some things right but misses the key point

There’s some good material in KPMG’s Enterprise Risk Management Benchmarking Study, subtitled Evolving to an active, integrated and agile approach amidst change and disruption.

 

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Keeping things in context: B.C. Court of Appeal considers the roles of context and public debate in defamation cases

The B.C. Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Northwest Organics, Limited Partnership v. Fandrich demonstrates the importance of keeping things in context when determining whether an allegedly defamatory statement has a defamatory meaning.

 

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Prompt payment legislation in British Columbia: Long overdue?

The federal government and several provinces have now each proposed or enacted legislation to create “prompt payment” regimes for construction projects.

 

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Ten tips to a better month-end close

A better month-end close is possible. Like clockwork, a calendar month ends and in honour of this unchangeable fact, you must update the general ledger and prepare financial statements and management reports. The practical tips below can reduce stress, shorten the month-end cycle, increase accuracy and otherwise improve month-ends:

 

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New B.C. Business Corporations Act transparency register requirements: A primer

Beginning on a date to be announced, privately-held B.C. Business Corporations Act (“BCA”) companies ‎will be required to maintain a “transparency register” of “significant individuals”, being individuals who:‎

 

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The board and cyber security

There’s another useful article on Forbes. How to talk to the board about cybersecurity is written by an experienced CIO, John Matthews. Here are some useful excerpts with my highlights:

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal confirms super-priority status of restructuring charges

There were conflicting decisions from Nova Scotia (Rosedale) and Alberta (Canada North) on whether it was possible for CCAA and BIA created super-priority claims to rank senior to the Crown’s deemed trust claims under the fiscal statutes.

 

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Listing in the REIN: Cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter?

Does the automatic listing in the Register of enterprises ineligible for public contracts (REIN) constitute cruel and unusual punishment within the meaning of section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

 

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