Does your partnership agreement make room for a side hustle?

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November 1, 2019
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This article originally appeared in the October edition of the Ottawa Business Journal Don’t limit your entrepreneurial passions with poor planning The side hustle. Entrepreneurs are driven by the passion to create. The next great idea is always percolating. It is now common for people to juggle multiple business ventures simultaneously. According to a study… Read more »

How Ottawa’s Fauna restaurant fought back to overcome a $900K landlord dispute

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May 6, 2019
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After spending months preparing to launch his new Centretown restaurant Fauna, Jon Svazas received a troubling phone call around midnight just hours before its grand opening. A water pipe had burst in the restaurant, flooding the basement and damaging the dining room. That setback alone would be discouraging for any entrepreneur. But for Svazas, it… Read more »

How to protect yourself during a business breakup

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September 25, 2018
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Like any relationship, business partnerships can be susceptible to disagreements. And just like the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship, business breakups can be painful and costly. What are some steps you can take to protect yourself if your business partnership fizzles out?

David Contant Interviewed By Canadian Underwriter

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April 26, 2018
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In the wake of tragedies such as the van attack in Toronto early this week, it is natural for people to think about whether it could have been prevented. Our very own David Contant was interviewed on Tuesday for an article in Canadian Underwriter. He spoke about the liability of the rental company that had leased out the van that was used in the attack, as well as implications for insurers.

Construction Reform: Bill 142 Receives Royal Assent

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January 24, 2018
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Last month, Bill 142 received Royal Assent and is now law. The bill proposed major changes to the Construction Lien Act, seeking to modern the Act and introduce long-overdue reforms to the construction industry.

Top 6 Risks to Avoid for Online Businesses

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October 26, 2017
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Statistics Canada reported earlier this year that retail sales in general increased by 4.7% year over year, but e-commerce retail sales increased by a whopping 41.6% over the same period. However, in the rush to get into this burgeoning market, it is also easy to overlook some of the risks.

Toronto Neighbourhood Heats Up Over Copyright Battle

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October 13, 2017
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Copyright can apply to a wide variety of creative works. This includes sculpture, paintings and architectural work. An architect generally maintains the copyright in architectural designs unless those designs were developed for a client under the explicit understanding that the client owns the architect’s work product. But what happens when a newly built house appears to bear the exact same design as another house in the same neighbourhood?