We have opinions.

And we want to share them. Whether it’s at speaking engagements, in publications or in our blog. Think of this as the MT+Co. highlight reel.

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  • Election Day: Your Rights + Obligations as an Employer + Employee

    As you may have gathered from the vicious arguments occurring in your Facebook newsfeed, the Federal election is coming up on Monday, October 21st. Here is a quick refresher on employers’ and employees’ rights and obligations on election day. Employers Required to Provide Paid Time-Off The Canada Elections Act provides that every employee who has… Read more »

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  • Part II – The Neverending Story: The Labour Relations Code Strikes Back

    As we regaled you with our post last week, labour and employment-related legislation in BC and federally has been subject to some major changes in 2019. Following last week’s post about changes to the BC Employment Standards Act, this is the second installment in our four-part series on the legislative changes that could affect you… Read more »

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  • Squaring the Circle – Indigenous Intellectual Property and the Canadian Trademark System

    Indigenous peoples, from time immemorial, have been creating and developing original marks in relation to their respective cultures, social orders, economies, and legal traditions. With property ownership in many Indigenous communities usually contemplated within a shared system, possible gaps arise in Western legal intellectual property frameworks, as these are often derivatives of antiquated colonial statutes… Read more »

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  • The Neverending Story: A Legislative Journey in Four Parts

    Over the past few months, virtually every significant piece of legislation governing BC and federal workplaces has been subject to some major changes. To ensure you’re up to speed, we have prepared a four-part series focusing on the changes to BC’s Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Code, Human Rights Code and the Canada Labour Code. Stay… Read more »

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  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Fight Continues

    WE STAND HERE TOGETHER as Tsleil-Waututh people and we say ‘no.’ We say ‘no’ the risk is too great. Our obligation is not to oil. Our obligation is to our land, our water, our people, our life, our snəwayəɬ. According to our snəwayəɬ, our law, this project represents a risk that we the Tsleil-Waututh people,… Read more »

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  • Grand Theft Articling

    The Supreme Court of British Columbia’s recent decision in Acumen Law Corporation v. Ojanen highlights that even lawyers can benefit from speaking to employment lawyers before terminating an employee. Case Overview Acumen Law is a Vancouver law firm that specializes in defending individuals charged with criminal offences while driving. The Plaintiff, Ms. Ojanen began working… Read more »

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  • First Nations and Cannabis Jurisdiction: The Calm before the Storm?

    The legalization of cannabis for non-medicinal (“recreational”) purposes last year was greatly anticipated by many Canadians throughout the country. Concerns were raised by the Senate’s Indigenous caucus around the lack of consultation and accommodation in the drafting of cannabis laws, and despite their recommendation to delay legalization by a year in order to adequately address… Read more »

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  • Top 10 Legal Tips for Start-Ups – PART 3 of 3

    Starting Up? As promised, business lawyers Emily Savage and Yvan Guy Larocque bring you the third and final part to a three-part series – Top 10 Legal Tips for Start-Ups. To refresh your memory (or get up to speed), check out Part 1 and Part 2. 7. Leverage Small Business Tax Incentives If death and taxes… Read more »

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  • Transparency Register: Lifting the Curtain on Private Companies

    British Columbia is following the Canadian trend of increased transparency of corporate ownership with Bill 24 – 2019, Business Corporations Amendment Act, 2019 (“Bill 24”). Bill 24 received royal assent on May 16, 2019, and though not currently in force, the changes are expected to come into force imminently, by regulation. When Bill 24 comes… Read more »

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  • Becoming a Hereditary Chief – A Conversation with Merle Alexander on National Indigenous Peoples Day

    On a car trip out to T’iyt Tribe territory to visit MT+Co. clients, I had the chance to ask Merle Alexander, lawyer and Principal of First Nations Economic Development at MT+Co., a few questions about his recent recognition as a hereditary chief in his coastal Tsimshian community of Kitasoo. The hereditary leaders of Kitasoo (also… Read more »

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