Courts reject “improvident” settlement in CHL class actions
Recent settlement approval decisions issued by the Ontario, Alberta and Quebec courts provide useful commentary on the appropriate scope of a release in a class action settlement. Class actions were commenced in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec concerning the employment status of major junior hoc…Continue reading the post titled Courts reject “improvident” settlement in CHL class actions
Right to access your vehicle’s telematic data?
In our previous post, we explained how the US November 3rd election resulted in developments that were overlooked. Namely, the expansion of the recreational and medicinal cannabis market. Another underreported but critical development took place in Massachusetts where Bay Staters voted en ma…Continue reading the post titled Right to access your vehicle’s telematic data?
Employers: Supreme Court of Canada weighs in on discrimination, bonus entitlements
It has been some time since the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) last addressed employment-law related issues, but it recently issued two noteworthy decisions that may be relevant to employers. In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28, the SCC arguably set the bar lower for employe…Continue reading the post titled Employers: Supreme Court of Canada weighs in on discrimination, bonus entitlements
What real estate professionals need to know about incorporating
On March 4, 2020, Bill 145 received royal assent and amended and replaced the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act with the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (TRESA). The most significant amendment ushered in under TRESA is that real estate professionals are now permitted to carry on their b…Continue reading the post titled What real estate professionals need to know about incorporating
Fines of over $120,000 imposed for serial violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Not ensuring a safe workplace can be a costly mistake as one London, Ontario rebar fabricator recently found out. During the summer of 2018, a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Inspector issued 18 orders to AGF Rebar Inc. (“AGF”) requiring that certain machinery inside its…Continue reading the post titled Fines of over $120,000 imposed for serial violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
COVID-19 and limiting liability
In response to growing and prospective litigation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, several jurisdictions have considered liability protection legislation1. The Ontario Government is no exception and has recently introduced Bill 218, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act (the “Act” or th…Continue reading the post titled COVID-19 and limiting liability
The ever-expanding cannabis market
On November 3, 2020, the world watched eagerly to determine whether President Trump would become re-elected or whether Former Vice-President Challenger Joe Biden would supplant the incumbent. Finally, on November 7th we received the definitive answer. But many have overlooked another importa…Continue reading the post titled The ever-expanding cannabis market
Estate planning for professionals
As professionals progress in their careers, the estate planning process may become quite complex. The development of a clear estate plan is critical to ensure that the intentions of the testator are honoured, while dealing with the estate in the most tax efficient manner. Many business owner…Continue reading the post titled Estate planning for professionals
Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses
Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses
How many questions is too many on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories?
In a case of sufficient size and complexity, asking several hundred questions on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories may not be disproportionate absent bad faith or illegality, according to a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In the recent case of …Continue reading the post titled How many questions is too many on an examination for discovery by written interrogatories?