First Time Home Buyers: New Property Transfer Tax Declarations

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When the province announced the new First Time New Home Buyers Rebate associated with the HST rebates, they tightened the definition of “First Time Home Buyer.” This tighter definition indicates that the government is looking more closely at (ie; auditing) who is a “first time” home buyer. This higher degree of oversight is also supported […]

I’m sorry I hurt your stupid feelings!

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“I’m sorry I hurt your stupid feelings!” This is not an apology.  Neither is “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by my remarks.” It implies no regret for the act; only the reaction to it.  Any version of “I’m sorry but…” is not much of an apology.  The “but” erases whatever came before it.  “I’m sorry […]

Love thy Noisy Neighbour?

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It’s a late Sunday night. Everyone has retired for the night in preparation for another long work week. Well, almost everyone. Your downstairs neighbour has decided to have a Sunday night dance party in his living room. The sound of the bass reverberates through the walls and right into your bedroom. It’s a party to […]

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas…or Does It?

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, not always – and a Kelowna-area woman found that out the hard way. While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and the Caribbean, a number of photos were taken of the young lady engaging in the type of activities one would expect at these […]

Employees: Too Ugly to Hire, or a Must Fire?

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Human rights in Canada have come a long way. The BC Human Rights Code states that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee or prospective employee because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, or a criminal conviction that is unrelated to the […]

How do you cut a Picasso in half? The sentimental side of inheritance planning

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People writing their wills are generally planning for an event in the distant future, and it can be difficult to specifically plan for every possibility. There are many considerations that should find their way into a solid estate plan, including fairly providing for your loved ones, providing clear direction on how your wishes should be […]

Can you be fired for being “videoed” at a riot?

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Given the massive public outcry following the recent Vancouver Stanley Cup riot, many employers are feeling pressure to deal with employees who were caught in photos or on video during the event. The question becomes this: if a “naughty” employee was seen participating in the riot – or even worse, possibly committing an illegal offense…

Toxic work environments – what you need to know

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Since Canadians spend a large portion of our daily life working, a healthy workplace environment is an essential part of our overall well-being. So it is no wonder then that when a workplace environment turns toxic, it can have overwhelming and far-reaching effects on both employers and employees a like. To ensure that the workplace…