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Published on: 9 Sep 2019 By

Federal Carbon Tax Appealed to Supreme Court

On August 28, 2019 the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced Ontario’s appeal of the Court of Appeal’s decision on the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act to the Supreme Court of Canada. In making the announcement the Minister stated: …

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Published on: 30 Aug 2019 By

What can you ask for in a medical certificate?

Many employers have often had the experience of receiving a vague doctor’s note from an employee that reads something along the lines of, “this individual is unable to work for X weeks”. Employers are left wondering: Why? Can I be sure this is legitimate? Is the employee likely to return aft…

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Published on: 27 Aug 2019 By

The Marine Liability Act and the “Polluter Pay” Regime: A Review of the Court’s Decision in British Columbia v. The Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, 2019 BCCA 232

Earlier this summer, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Province of British Columbia concerning the Province’s liability for oil pollution under the federal Marine Liability Act, S.C. 2001, c.6. The pollution in question had emanated from a derelict vessel of whi…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2019 By

OTLA Blog: Car Seat Safety Information that Every Parent should Know

Car collisions are the leading cause of death of children in Canada*. The correct use of car seats and booster seats can prevent or lessen these tragic outcomes by ensuring the safety of the most precious little ones in our lives. Anna Stoll lists additional ways to keep your child safe in h…

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Published on: 20 Aug 2019 By

We (do not?) have a deal: Mutual agreement on essential terms will make settlement binding

Consider the following scenario. A business gives advance written notice of termination to one of its employees. At the same time, the business delivers to the employee a letter offering a termination package (i.e., a settlement agreement) that exceeds the employee’s minimum entitlements und…

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Published on: 19 Aug 2019 By ,

Ontario Government Moving Towards Further Auto Insurance Reforms

On April 11, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Government released the “Putting Drivers First” blueprint, which proposes a series of reforms to the auto insurance system in Ontario. While many details of the plan have yet to be released by the Government, some of the proposed changes include: All…

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Published on: 12 Aug 2019 By

Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe, [2019] UKSC 20

Removing straitjackets, and widening the potential scope of parent company liability for a subsidiary’s actions Can the parent company of a multinational group owe a duty of care to a third party for the actions of a foreign operating subsidiary? There remains no definitive answer at the tim…

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Published on: 8 Aug 2019 By

Ministry of Finance seeks to prevent insurers from improperly including HST in accident benefit limits

On March 13, 2019, the Ministry of Finance proposed changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”) under the Insurance Act to clarify that Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) is required to be paid by insurers in addition to the maximum accident benefit amounts limits. In Ontario, con…

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Published on: 7 Aug 2019 By

Speeding up Certification by Extending Filing Deadlines?

On July 17, 2019, the Law Commission of Ontario (“LCO”) released its final report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experience and Reforms. The LCO report makes 47 recommendations to reform Ontario’s Class Proceeding Act (“CPA”) and related policies. One major theme of the report is that the speed…

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