12 years later – have things changed?
Approximately 12 years ago the Nobel Peace Prize was equally shared between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are ne…View the post titled 12 years later – have things changed?
Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably considering franchising as a method of expansion for your business. You might be considering franchising as a result of your own research into expansion options for your business, or (as is often the case) you might be considering franchising b…View the post titled Advantages and disadvantages of franchising your business
Should I franchise my business?
Franchising as a business expansion model has many advantages and can be a great choice for the right business. However, not all businesses are well-suited to be franchised (sometimes called “franchisable”). Moreover, a business needs to be at the right stage to start franchising. This artic…View the post titled Should I franchise my business?
‘Tis the season: A refresher on social host liability
Another year is coming to an end. ‘Tis the season of holiday parties with friends, family, and colleagues. Amid this festivity, a reminder about the law on social host liability is apropos. The leading case on social host liability is Childs v Desormeaux, where the Supreme Court of Canada…View the post titled ‘Tis the season: A refresher on social host liability
6 key elements of a business succession plan
Business succession planning is an important part of operating a successful business and developing a strong retirement plan. In this article, retired Siskinds’ partner and business lawyer, Henry Berg, discusses the importance of careful and intentional planning in order to ensure a successf…View the post titled 6 key elements of a business succession plan
Changes are coming: 2020 amendments to the simplified procedure
The new year will be ushered in with substantial changes to Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to the simplified procedure, with amendments taking effect on January 1st, 2020. Related changes to the Courts of Justice Act have also been implemented. The amendments are part of an…View the post titled Changes are coming: 2020 amendments to the simplified procedure
Investigations and inspections
What to do when the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks comes knocking It can be unnerving when a provincial officer from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”) shows up at your business unannounced. Being prepared, and understanding your rights and …View the post titled Investigations and inspections
$100,000 fine for smoke discharge
On November 28, 2019 Clean Harbors Canada Inc., (“Clean Harbors”) pled guilty to violating the Environmental Protection Act on June 12, 2017 due to the discharge of a contaminant, namely smoke into the natural environment, and was fined $100,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge. The compa…View the post titled $100,000 fine for smoke discharge
Know your privacy rights
A recent update from the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides insight into the prevalence and effect of data breaches in Canada In the digital age, the Internet plays a significant role in the daily lives of Canadians. Along with the benefits it brings in terms of connectivi…View the post titled Know your privacy rights
Public holiday pay: Is your absent employee entitled to it?
Section 26 of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) outlines an employer’s compensation obligation towards their employees when a public holiday falls on a regular work day. In order to be entitled to public holiday pay, the employee must pass the “Last and First Rule” – which req…View the post titled Public holiday pay: Is your absent employee entitled to it?
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