In This Issue #179 January 31, 2014

  1. Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Taryn Moore 
  2. Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Andrew Brunton 
  3. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Nick Nerfold 
  4. Tax And Estate Planning Considerations For Winery Owners 
  5. Participants In Illegal Construction May Have No Remedy In Court 
  6. Assessing Charities: Cause and Outcome 
  7. Developers Beware! Strata Owners May Unite In A Class Proceeding Against You 
  8. Canada Revenue Agency Launches Offshore Tax Informant Program 
  9. In The Community - Okanagan College Foundation: We Are Your Community 
  10. Legal Lite - Google Glass Wearer Detained By Federal Agents At Movie Theatre 

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1. Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Taryn Moore

We are pleased to announce that Taryn Moore has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2014.

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2. Pushor Mitchell Welcomes New Partner Andrew Brunton

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Brunton has become a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2014.

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3. Monthly Lawyer Profile - Nick Nerfold

Why did you become a lawyer?

When I was a teenager, my father and grandfather caught me using “facts” and “proof” to win an argument with them. Until then, those were considered four-letter words in my family since it was well known that facts ruin any good discussion. One day they suggested that I would make a good lawyer and I never turned back.

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4. Tax And Estate Planning Considerations For Winery Owners - by Melodie Lind

 There are a wide variety of tax and non-tax elements to be considered as part of the estate planning process for business owners, such as capital gains planning, minimizing taxes on death and the use of trusts, to name a few. Winery owners are often in a unique position because, in addition to all of the usual considerations, they may be able to take advantage of some of the “farming” provisions available in the Income Tax Act.

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5. Participants In Illegal Construction May Have No Remedy In Court - by Mark Danielson

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently held that a party that submitted misleading plans to a municipality to obtain a building permit had no remedy in court even though it may have suffered damages.

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6. Assessing Charities: Cause and Outcome - by Vanessa DeDominicis

Your Estate Planning process is underway. You know that you want to provide for a charity in your Estate Plan, but you have no particular affiliation with any charity. You do, however, have one criteria...

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7. Developers Beware! Strata Owners May Unite In A Class Proceeding Against You

Recently in Bosworth v. Jurock, 2013 BCCA 4, the British Columbia Court of Appeal affirmed that where a developer has misrepresented facts to a group of strata owners, a strata owner need not rely on the strata corporation to commence proceedings and may obtain class certification on behalf of all the other owners.

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8. Canada Revenue Agency Launches Offshore Tax Informant Program - by Melodie Lind

 As part of the Minister of Finance’s effort to crack down on offshore tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, on January 15, 2014 the Canada Revenue Agency launched the Offshore Tax Informant Program.

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9. In The Community - Okanagan College Foundation: We Are Your Community

Alf Kempf is the new President of the Okanagan College Foundation, having accepted the three-year position after serving as Vice President and Chair of the Foundation's Advancement Committee, focused on marketing and fundraising.

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10. Legal Lite - Google Glass Wearer Detained By Federal Agents At Movie Theatre

Another day, another Google Glass run-in.

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