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Pushor Mitchell Lawyer Matthew Canzer Presents at BRAINX 2018 Symposium on Brain Injury

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Firm News
Matthew Canzer, a member of our Brain Injury Litigation team, will be giving a presentation titled “We See You – Measuring the Invisible in Personal Injury Litigation.”

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ICBC Reforms Announced

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Until now the law has been that negligent drivers, whether careless, drunk or distracted, have had to pay for the full extent of the damage that they cause to other users of the roadways.

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Side with Victims, Not Bad Drivers: Say No To Caps

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
With a cell phone in every pocket, distracted driving accidents are on the rise and innocent people are getting hurt in more rear-end collisions than ever before.

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Good News for Designated Drivers

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Litigation
A drunk and unruly passenger is still "using" the vehicle, even if he is (thankfully) not driving it.

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In The Community – CF24: Twenty-Four Hours of Crossfit in Support of Special Olympics Canada

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Firm News
Admittedly, Crossfit is known for being slightly cult-like. Devotees to the exercise regime based on “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements” are not casual about their commitment to the sport (yes, it’s a competitive sport)

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Veterans Emergency Transition Services BC

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Firm News
When he’s not practicing law, Pushor Mitchell LLP Associate Matt Canzer is working to address the issue of homelessness amongst Canadian Veterans. Disturbed by media reports of suicides and declining community support available, Matt reached out to Veterans Emergency Transition Services (www.vetscanada.org) and agreed to help establish a provincial team in British Columbia. He now […]

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Without A Net: Unintended Tax Consequences of Child Support Payments

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Family Law, Tax
What a great night out that was! I owe you $100 for my concert ticket, and you owe me $150 for dinner and drinks. Why don’t you just give me $50 and we’ll call it even Steven? While most people don’t think twice about settling their debts this way, parents who owe each other child […]

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Pobody’s Nerfect: Director Liability for Corporate Remittances

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Tax
When a company’s financial situation becomes turbulent, it might be tempting for directors to ensure that creditors are paid before remitting source deductions (i.e. income taxes, GST, employment insurance premiums, and Canada Pension Plan contributions) to the government. To discourage this reprioritization of the company’s resources, directors can be held personally liable for the corporation’s […]

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GST on Marihuana

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Tax
Should consumers be charged GST on marihuana? Yes, according to the Tax Court of Canada in Hedges v. The Queen, 2014 TCC 270, because marihuana is legally available for purchase without a prescription and without a Ministerial exemption. Most goods and services are subject to a 5% GST. Some supplies, like basic groceries and prescription […]

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An Employee By Any Other Name: CRA Assesses “Employer” for EI and CPP Premiums

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Blog, Employment Law
Whether a worker is engaged as an employee or as an independent contractor has several legal consequences. Although the parties usually sign a seemingly clear written contract, the Tax Court of Canada is regularly called upon to review the working relationship to determine whether the work was insurable and pensionable employment under the Employment Insurance […]

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