Gramoxone® (Paraquat) associated with Parkinson’s Disease
Gramoxone® is a non-selective herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds and grasses with an active ingredient called paraquat. It is alleged that paraquat exposure is linked to Parkinson’s disease. Siskinds Desmeules, Siskinds LLP’s Quebec-based affiliate, has filed a class action law…Continue reading the post titled Gramoxone® (Paraquat) associated with Parkinson’s Disease
Bill C-230–A time for change
On February 26, 2020, Bill C-230, a private member’s bill, was introduced by Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann to seek environmental justice in Canada. Bill C-230 requires the Minister of the Environment to develop a national strategy to promote efforts across Canada to address the harm caused by…Continue reading the post titled Bill C-230–A time for change
What if Britney Spears lived in Ontario? Examining agency and guardianships in Ontario
Britney Spears’ conservatorship, and the resulting “Free Britney” movement, has been a topic of much discussion in the news. Plenty of attention, and rightfully so, has been focused on what Britney’s wishes are with respect to the conservatorship. Recently, Britney made a powerful statement …Continue reading the post titled What if Britney Spears lived in Ontario? Examining agency and guardianships in Ontario
Online presence for physicians: Appropriate use of social media
Our interactions and presence on social media have continued to increase, especially during the pandemic when the need and desire to stay connected with one another has been heightened. Many professionals, including physicians, use social media in their practice as an effective tool to commu…Continue reading the post titled Online presence for physicians: Appropriate use of social media
Changes on horizon for Canada’s privacy laws thanks to Bill C-11
Bill C-11 marks the first update to Canadian privacy law since the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) came into effect in 2000. If passed, the Bill would enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) and bring about significant changes to private-sector …Continue reading the post titled Changes on horizon for Canada’s privacy laws thanks to Bill C-11
Horseplay pain for both employer and employee: Eynon v. Simplicity Air
Employees often defend horseplay as an effective way to make work more fun. But when horseplay turns dangerous, liability accrues to everyone. The story of Daniel Eynon and Simplicity Air is a cautionary tale. Mr. Eynon foolishly took up a challenge from a coworker to climb a 14-foot-high ch…Continue reading the post titled Horseplay pain for both employer and employee: Eynon v. Simplicity Air
Considerations if you want a claim grounded in fraud to survive a debtor’s bankruptcy
Two recent cases, Bank of Montreal v. Mathivannan, 2021 ONSC 2538 (CanLII) and Johansen v Wallgren, 2021 ABCA 234 (CanLII), highlight some procedural pitfalls to avoid when trying to have a claim survive a debtor’s discharge. When a debtor files for bankruptcy, on their discharge they will b…Continue reading the post titled Considerations if you want a claim grounded in fraud to survive a debtor’s bankruptcy
Are COVID-19 unemployment payments deductible from wrongful dismissal damages?
When the COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread layoffs in Q2 2020, the Canadian government introduced the unprecedented Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit (or “CERB”). CERB was retired in September 2020 and was replaced with (among other things) the EI Emergency Response Benefit (“EI ERB”) and …Continue reading the post titled Are COVID-19 unemployment payments deductible from wrongful dismissal damages?
What’s an employer to do when Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ends?
With over 78% of adults in Ontario having received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is much talk about the economy starting to rebound and employees returning to in-person work. Just recently, CBC News and Global News reported that hiring intentions have hit an all-time…Continue reading the post titled What’s an employer to do when Infectious Disease Emergency Leave ends?
Privacy policies: Why are they important?
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