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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. SOQUIJ | Le Blogue  2. First Reference  3. Canadian Securities Law  4. Rule of Law  5. Lee Akazaki: SQP avocats | virtual mentor for lawyers

SOQUIJ | Le Blogue
Recours collectif contre Bell Canada : attention à ce que vous téléchargez…
En 2004, Guy Lachapelle, un abonné du service Internet Sympatico de Bell Canada, a été surpris de recevoir une facture de 265,15 $ pour des communications interurbaines à São Tomé, en Nouvelle-Zélande et aux îles Cook. Après vérifications, il a appris que ces appels avaient bien été effectués à partir de sa ligne téléphonique et qu’il était responsable de leur paiement. Le mois suivant, Bell lui a facturé des frais de 175,14 $ pour des appels à destination de la Nouvelle-Zélande et des îles Cook, Tokelau et Tuvalu. Lachapelle a aussi été tenu au paiement de ces frais. . . .

First Reference
Nova Scotia proposes new OHS administrative penalty system
In January, 2010, Nova Scotia introduced an administrative penalties regime through regulations made pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This system has been controversial since its inception and the Nova Scotia Government has recently proposed significant changes. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Administrative Penalties Regulations, an Administrator is empowered to impose penalties on employers for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These penalties are meant to promote worker safety by punishing violations of the Act without the need for a full prosecution. . . .

Canadian Securities Law
UK Takeover Code expands jurisdiction
Effective September 30, 2013, the UK’s City Code on Takeovers and Mergers will be extended to apply to all Channel Islands, Isle of Man (British Crown Dependencies) and UK incorporated companies that have securities admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market or any other multilateral trading facility (MTF) in the UK, irrespective of whether their central management and control is in the UK, or the British Crown Dependencies (the residency test). . . .

Rule of Law
Preferred Beneficiary Election
The preferred beneficiary election allows a trustee of a trust to allocate income to a beneficiary of the trust so that the beneficiary pays Canadian income tax on the income without actually paying the income to the beneficiary. The trustee may then deduct the elected amount from the trust’s income in the trusts income tax return. The effect is to transfer the liability for income tax from the trust to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary’s income tax rate is lower than the trusts, using the preferred beneficiary election will reduce the amount of tax that is paid. . . .

Lee Akazaki: SQP avocats | virtual mentor for lawyers
Avoir le dernier mot, qu’importe? ~ Does getting in the last word matter?
Between lawyers, getting in the last word can seem to be a crude sport. We see it not only in litigation; we also see it in negotiations and transactions. The trap into which we fall – the last word appears as a last attempt at persuasion; pursuing it can open you to an elegant counter-attack. . . . | Les avocats et les avocates se luttent d’avoir le dernier mot, que ce soit une dispute, ou même une collaboration. Mais voilà le piège: le dernier mot semble être l’opportunité ultime de persuader, et ce peut ouvrir à une contre-attaque pure et élégante. . . .
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