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The Taxation of Single-Employer Target Benefit Plans – Where We Are and Where We Ought to Be

In the C.D. Howe Institute's latest report, Osler's Ian McSweeney and Jana Steele, along with co-authors Barry Gros and Karen Hall of Aon Hewitt, propose a tax treatment for single-employer target benefit plans that is consistent with the existing tax regime. 

Mar 4, 2015

Ontario reviews FSCO and DICO mandates

Larry Ritchie, Chair of Osler’s Risk Management and Crisis Response team, has been appointed to a panel that will review the mandates of two Ontario financial industry regulatory agencies – the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario. 

Mar 3, 2015

Energetic Ngo founds local chapter of Asian law association

Osler’s Steven Ngo, founder of the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, is profiled in this great read from the Calgary Herald.

Mar 3, 2015

Katy Perry roars at 3-D version of Super Bowl “Left Shark”

Osler’s John Cotter speaks with Canadian Lawyer about the recent intellectual property battle surrounding the “Left Shark” featured in Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show performance. 

Feb 23, 2015

Corruption allegations

Osler’s Riyaz Dattu, who advises companies on corruption issues, said the charges for SNC-Lavalin are a dire warning for other Canadian companies that they need to bring in stronger anti-corruption controls and new training for employees to ensure bribes are not being paid around the world. 

Feb 19, 2015

2015 National Patent Rankings Published

Managing Intellectual Property has published the first part of its annual IP stars survey, covering the top-rated firms for patent work. Osler’s patent contentious and patent prosecution areas have received Tier 2 rankings in Canada (an upgrade in rankings on the patent prosecution side).  The full survey covers patent (published in February), trademark (published in March) and copyright work (published in April) and also includes their IP Stars individual rankings. 

Feb 9, 2014

Benchmark Canada 2015 Awards

Benchmark Canada recently announced their 2015 winners at a gala ceremony held in Toronto. We are pleased to announce that Tom Isaac was honoured as the winner in the area of Aboriginal Law. 

Feb 9, 2015

Environmental class actions a tough sell: report

Jennifer Fairfax, Litigation; Regulatory, Environmental and Aboriginal Law, delivered a paper at the OBA Institute’s 2015 conference on the failed attempts to certify an environmental class. She cites as reference, a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in Western Canadian Shopping Centres v. Dutton and goes on to say that 15 years later, despite the intuition that environmental harm may strike a common class, in practice, environmental classes can be difficult to certify.

Feb 5, 2015

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Closing Tax Loopholes

Al Meghji, Partner, Taxation and Diana Gibson, President of Canadians for Tax Fairness, discuss the serious economic issues facing Canadians, the widening income gaps and the government policies that are passed to ensure that corporations pay their taxes in this February 4, 2015 documentary titled “Closing Tax Loopholes” on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. 

Feb 4, 2015

Country’s Consummate Tax Jurist Joins Osler’s Tax Litigation Team

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is delighted to announce that the Honourable Karen Sharlow has joined the firm.

Feb 4, 2015