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Published on: 11 Jun 2019 By

Illegal Collection of Migratory Bird Eggs Results in $18,000 Fine

On March 27, 2019, three individuals in Quebec pleaded guilty to two counts each under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, S.C. 1994, c. 22, (the “MBCA”) for unlawfully disturbing migratory bird nests and unlawfully taking migratory bird eggs. The MBCA, section 5(a), makes it an offenc…

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Published on: 7 Jun 2019 By

Proposed Migratory Bird Convention Act Regulations offer some new legal certainty for Industry

On June 1, 2019, proposed Migratory Bird Convention Act Regulations (“MBRs”) were published in Part I of the Canada Gazette. The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (the “MBCA”) was first adopted in 1917 to implement the 1916 international convention on Migratory Birds between Canada (the U…

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Published on: 3 Jun 2019 By

The Ever-Changing Carbon Tax Debate Throughout Canada

On May 22, 2019 the Alberta government tabled the Carbon Tax Repeal Act to immediately repeal the existing carbon levy. The repeal of the Carbon Tax Repeal Act is under the provisions of Bill 1 by Alberta’s new United Conservative Party (UPC) government. The Alberta carbon tax however was en…

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Published on: 31 May 2019 By

Not-so-breaking news: You may not contract out of the Employment Standards Act, 2000

In a previous blog, I discussed recent cases discussing the enforceability of termination clauses in employment agreements. In Ariss v. NORR Limited Architects & Engineers, 2019 ONCA 449, a Court of Appeal decision released on May 30, 2019, the Court confirmed that employees and employe…

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Published on: 29 May 2019 By

Advocate Daily: Canadian case provides valuable lessons for crypto users

While cryptocurrency exchanges may not be the Wild West they once were, consumers are still advised to venture carefully into online currency territory, says Peter Dillon during a recent interview with AdvocateDaily.com. Click here to view the full article.

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Published on: 28 May 2019 By ,

Hughes v. Liquor Control Board of Ontario: Ontario Court of Appeal provides guidance on breadth of the Regulated Conduct Defence

On April 17, 2019 the Court of Appeal of Ontario released its decision in Hughes v. Liquor Control Board of Ontario, 2019 ONCA 305 [Hughes]. The Court of Appeal’s decision provides guidance to counsel on the scope of the Regulated Conduct Defence (the “RCD”). The RCD is a defence in the Comp…

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Published on: 27 May 2019 By

BC Court of Appeal rules legislation with the sole effect of setting conditions for Trans Mountains Pipeline is not within BC’s authority.

On May 24, 2019, the BC Court of Appeal released a unanimous decision in Reference re Environmental Management Act (British Columbia), 2019 BCCA 181. At issue in this reference case was a proposed amendment to BC’s Environmental Management Act (“EMA”) dealing with “hazardous substance permit…

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Published on: 16 May 2019 By

Ontario Government Continues Roll-out of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016

Proposed regulations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016(RRCEA) for recycling of electrical/electronic equipment (e.g. televisions, laptops, cellphones, light bulbs, appliances, etc.) and batteries have been posted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO). The re…

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