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Published on: 3 Nov 2014 By

Jian Ghomeshi Case Involves a Complicated Interaction of Labour and Employment Law Principles

The recent termination of Jian Ghomeshi’s employment by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the “CBC”) from popular radio program “Q” has raised a number of important moral questions about the allegations against the former host. However, the situation also raises fundamental legal questi…

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Published on: 28 Oct 2014 By

Yukon proposes eco fees on tires and electronics

The Yukon government has proposed a new recycling regulation that includes eco fees on tires and electronics. The rollout of a similar system in Ontario several years ago, for  household hazardous waste, was fumbled and created an embarrassing backlash. Since then, Ontario has been “al…

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Published on: 28 Oct 2014 By

Consumer Protection Class Actions – Obtaining recovery for unfair business practices where individual damages are small

In Ontario, class actions are a mechanism for groups of people to seek justice. In this article, Elizabeth deBoer looks at how the Consumer Protection Act plays a role in class actions and provides examples of situations where the public can use this legislation to access justice. The Ontari…

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Published on: 27 Oct 2014 By

Chevron intervention: what is the “public interest”?

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has been engaged in a fierce internal debate over the Association’s decision, now revoked, to intervene in Chevron’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the case are seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment obtained in Ecuador for te…

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Published on: 20 Oct 2014 By

U.S. Pentagon: Climate Change an Immediate Security Threat

The U.S. Pentagon’s latest report, the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, calls climate change an immediate threat to national security. The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the tone: “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea le…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2014 By

Why do some franchisees fail while others thrive?

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal suggested that a number of prominent U.S. franchise brands are suffering higher than average default rates under the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program. In fact, these brands had a failure rate more than double the rate for borrowers …

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Published on: 17 Oct 2014 By

Appeal Court Rejects Pollution Exclusion in Oil Overflow

In O’Byrne et al. v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), 2014 ONCA 543, the Ontario Court of Appeal has forced an insurer to pay for a fuel oil cleanup after a spill, despite a pollution exclusion clause. The case involved an “all risks” insurance policy. A tenant inserted a piece o…

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