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Legal Year in Review provides detailed observations from the legal experts at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP on the most significant legal and business developments from 2021 and their implications for 2022. With 32 informative and in-depth articles covering a wide variety of topics, we help you stay informed.

Legal Year in Review Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Legal Year in Review provides detailed observations from the legal experts at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP on the most significant legal and business developments from 2021 and their implications for 2022. With 32 informative and in-depth articles covering a wide variety of topics, we help you stay informed.

    Overview of the most significant legal and business developments of 2021

    Overview of the most significant legal and business developments of 2021

    Welcome to Osler’s Legal Year in Review. In our introduction, we share important insights on significant legal developments in 2021, and their implications for Canadian business. The highlights covered here are further explored in the 32 articles that make up this year’s report.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 14 min
    Tax planning developments: Important international tax changes

    Tax planning developments: Important international tax changes

    In this article – “Tax planning developments: Important international tax changes” – we review such factors as the proposed changes for international taxation in Canada in 2021; Canada’s continuing work with the OECD, G20 and a number of other countries on significant international tax reform proposals; proposed new limits on interest deductibility; proposed anti-hybrid measures designed to reduce the tax advantages currently available in some situations as a result of an entity being treated differently by different jurisdictions; a proposed digital services tax on digital services that rely on the engagement, data and content contributions of Canadian users; an international tax reform proposal that provides new taxing rights for market jurisdictions to obtain a share of residual profit of a multinational enterprise; and an International Framework agreement that involves a proposed global minimum tax.
    This article is authored by Patrick Marley, partner and co-chair, Osler’s Tax Group, and Ilana Ludwin, associate, Tax Group.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 12 min
    Carbon capture and hydrogen development central to Western Canada’s energy transition

    Carbon capture and hydrogen development central to Western Canada’s energy transition

    In this article – “Carbon capture and hydrogen development central to Western Canada’s energy transition” – we discuss how Canada’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 has contributed to a transition in the country’s energy sector toward new technologies and processes like carbon capture and blue hydrogen, and the anticipated impacts of those developments on other sectors of the economy. We also take a look at the ways the Western provinces are encouraging this transition through tax incentives, carbon credits, and more.
    This article is authored by Sander Duncanson, who is a partner in Osler’s Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land Group; Paula Olexiuk, a partner in the Energy Group; Dana Saric, a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group; Jessica Kennedy, an associate in the Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land Group; and Maeve O’Neill Sanger, an associate in the Litigation group.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 10 min
    Supreme Court ends uncertainty over constitutionality of federal carbon pricing framework

    Supreme Court ends uncertainty over constitutionality of federal carbon pricing framework

    In this article – “Supreme Court ends uncertainty over constitutionality of federal carbon pricing framework” – we review Canada’s federal carbon pricing regime and the history of its constitutional challenges through courts in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta and eventually the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court’s final decision, which provides much-needed clarity on the government’s ability to impose a minimum price on carbon, favours “modern cooperative federalism” and stresses the need for a national approach in addressing the existential threat of climate change.
    This article is authored by Richard J. King, who is a partner in Osler’s Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land Group; Jennifer Fairfax, a partner in the Litigation and Regulatory Groups; Jake Sadikman, a partner in the Commercial Group; Patrick G. Welsh, a partner in the Litigation and Regulatory Groups; and Isabelle Crew, an associate in the Litigation and Regulatory Groups.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 12 min
    Decoding crypto – Providing regulatory clarity to cryptoasset businesses

    Decoding crypto – Providing regulatory clarity to cryptoasset businesses

    In this article – “Decoding crypto – Providing regulatory clarity to cryptoasset businesses” – we review such factors as the adoption of a clear registration regime for cryptoassets trading platforms (CTPs); regulatory guidance with regard to the advertising and marketing practices of custodial CTPs; new anti-money laundering requirements relating to virtual currencies; the lack of clarity about the extent to which securities regulators have jurisdiction to regulate cryptoassets; and the arrival of new regulated investment products for Canadian retail investors for investing in Bitcoin and Ether.
    This article is authored by Lori Stein, partner with Osler’s Corporate practice, and Asad Akhtar, associate with the same practice.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 16 min
    Government of Québec proposes stricter French language law

    Government of Québec proposes stricter French language law

    In this article – “Government of Québec proposes stricter French language law” – we review aspects of An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec, which proposes the most significant changes to the Charter of the French Language since its enactment in 1977. We have highlighted the most significant considerations that may apply if the legislation comes into force. Several key amendments may be particularly significant in light of the new private right of action created in the Act, which could create material exposure for those not complying with the Act.  
    This article is authored by Alexandre Fallon, a partner in Osler’s Litigation practice, Sven Poysa,  a partner in the Employment and Labour practice and Julien Ranger, partner in the firm’s Pensions and Benefits practice.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 450 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 7, 2021, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 7 min

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