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29 Jan 2014 By

Supreme Court: Honest efforts to understand the law are not enough

The Supreme Court of Canada has made compliance with ambiguous regulations tougher than ever, by ruling that honest efforts to understand the law (however confusing) are not enough. In La Souveraine, Compagnie d’assurance générale v. Autorité des marchés financiers, Sovereign General (SG) wa…

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29 Jan 2014 By

The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Guidance on Preferable Procedure and Access to Justice

On December 12, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in AIC Limited v Fischer, 2013 SCC 69, which provides very useful guidance on the preferable procedure requirement for certification, particularly on the meaning of access to justice in the preferability analysis. On Dec…

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27 Jan 2014 By

Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law

The farther we move away from the “polluter pay” principle, the greater the disarray in Ontario’s contaminated sites law and policy, and the greater its economic and environmental harm. The Ontario Bar Association is working on a submission to the Law Commission of Ontario,…

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27 Jan 2014 By

Common Law Rights Are Not The Same As Rights Of Married Spouses

There are many misunderstandings about who is a “common law spouse” in Ontario, and what exactly this means. Many people believe that if they are in a common law relationship they have all the same rights that a married spouse has, when in reality they do not. The purpose of this article is …

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23 Jan 2014 By

MacQueen class action struck out re Sydney Tar Ponds

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has struck out the groundbreaking class action that had been certified relating to contamination from the Sydney Tar Ponds and the associated steel and coke plants: MacQueen v. Ispat Sidbec Inc. This is another major setback to plaintiffs in contaminated land …

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22 Jan 2014 By , ,

Proposed Ontario Bill will Impact Unpaid Wages and Temporary Hiring Agencies

Bill 146, entitled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act,” was recently introduced into the Ontario Legislature by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour for the governing Liberal party.  Among other minor adjustments, the proposed changes would significantly increase employees’ ability t…

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