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Published on: 6 Jan 2015 By

Largest Canadian environmental penalty: $7.5 MM

Environment Canada obtained the largest environmental penalty ever imposed in Canada for breaches of the Fisheries Act and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations by a mining company: $7,500,000. The breaches occurred in 2011 and earlier under the old Fisheries Act, before massive changes to the l…

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Published on: 17 Dec 2014 By

Dividend Income: Should It Be Grossed Up When Calculating Child Support?

Siskinds Partner Marie Tukara recently argued a motion on how dividend income should be included when calculating income for child support purposes. In this article she outlines the decision and looks at other recent cases on this matter. In Rawluk-Harness v Harness, 2014 ONSC 2531, which I …

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Published on: 17 Dec 2014 By

Know Your Rights: Auto Insurance Benefit Levels

You are entitled to insurance benefits if you are involved in a car accident.  Car insurance, mandatory in Ontario, provides access to these benefits. The benefits are available in almost every accident regardless of who is at fault. Normally coverage will be accessed through your own car in…

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Published on: 17 Dec 2014 By

Contracts and the doctrine of good faith – A New Era

In Bhasin v Hrynew, the Supreme Court of Canada made a significant ruling regarding the duty of good faith in contract relationships. This will provide guidance to an area of Canadian law described as “piecemeal, unsettled and unclear.”. In this article, Cole Vegso provides a brief explanati…

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Published on: 11 Dec 2014 By

Balance needed in franchise laws, judicial process

As judges have taken a technical and pro-franchisee approach to the interpretation of Canada’s franchise legislation, most recent developments have not proven positive for franchisors, franchise lawyer Peter Dillon says in Corporate LiveWire’s Franchise Law 2014 Virtual Round Table. “This ha…

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