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Welcome to the home of our blogging lawyers. Here you will find information and insights on legal trends that we hope will bring clarity to your complex business and personal challenges.

Field Law is a 100+ year old business law firm serving western and northern Canada from offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The Firm offers a comprehensive range of legal and complementary services to businesses, institutions, governments and other organizations. Additionally the Firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions. One of Field Law’s core values is giving back to the communities it serves and is active in many community and charitable initiatives. The Field Law Community Fund Program was launched in 2013 and has so far provided $475,000 in funding to 82 local projects.

 

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Fixing Tax Mistakes: Rectification Order Affirmed

On October 30, 2019 the British Columbia Court of Appeal (“BCCA“) dismissed the appeal of the Attorney General and upheld the order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (“BCSC“) rectifying a directors’ resolution declaring a dividend from the “capital dividend account” of a private corporation.[1] For additional background on the superior court decision under […] Read More
November 1, 2019
Tax

Think Leaving Equipment On Site Extends Your Lien Period? Think Again.

Builders’ liens provide unpaid contractors and subcontractors on a construction project the ability to secure a debt claim against a piece of land. While courts have acknowledged that the purpose of builders’ liens is to provide this protection, there are criteria that need to be met for a lien to be valid. One such criterion […] Read More
October 30, 2019

Immunizations and Immunity Provisions: The Scope of Protection Under the Public Health Act

The Alberta Court of Appeal has issued a decision involving the interpretation of the Alberta Public Health Act, which may have broad implications on limiting liability of public bodies. Frank v. Alberta Health Service, 2019 ABCA 332 involves a medical malpractice claim. The Plaintiff, Frank, was a patient at the South Calgary Health Centre operated […] Read More
September 30, 2019

Single Use Plastic Bans: What You Need to Know

The discussion on single-use plastics is heating up across Canada. The federal government announced in June 2019 its intention to institute a nationwide ban by 2021 if re-elected this fall. Meanwhile, a growing number of provinces, cities, and towns have already banned certain single-use plastic products and the British Columbia Court of Appeal has now […] Read More

Doing Work on a Provincial Project? Protect Yourself with a Public Works Act Claim

The Public Works Act (“PWA”) is a helpful, rarely litigated piece of legislation for unpaid subcontractors. By submitting a PWA claim to the Provincial Government, a subcontractor has the ability to seek compensation outside of its contractual rights from the party it contracted with on public projects that otherwise may not be lienable. This is […] Read More
September 10, 2019

Craft Cannabis: Micro-Cultivation + Micro-Processing Licences

Craft cannabis is hitting the market as newly licensed craft producers are coming into operation. With the introduction of the new regulations under the Cannabis Act, the federal government created micro-cultivation licences, often referred to as “craft producers”, which have less security and building requirements than a full-scale cultivation licence. Requirements for a Micro-Cultivation Licence Individuals are […] Read More
August 29, 2019