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Published on: 6 May 2019 By

Court of Appeal Confirms Federal Carbon Tax Constitutional

On May 3, 2019 Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the Province by the federal government is constitutional and valid. The issue considered by the Court of Appeal was whether the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act(“GGPP Act”), is unconst…

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Published on: 2 May 2019 By

Big Changes Coming (again) to Land Use Planning Appeals in Ontario

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on May 2, 2019, that the most significant and disruptive of the 2017 legislative changes to Ontario’s land use planning appeal process are being repealed. The government announcement, contained in its “Housing Supply Action Plan” (the “…

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Published on: 30 Apr 2019 By

Ontario Government Announces Consultation on Environmental Assessment Process

On April 25, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a consultation paper inviting comments on proposed reforms to the environmental assessment process under the Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.18. The discussion paper provides a high-le…

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Published on: 25 Apr 2019 By

Ontario Moves to Formalize the Use of Third-party Off-sets Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

The Ontario government has published the results of its 10-year review of the Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 6(the “Act”). While the results are reported in summary fashion, the review has resulted in multiple proposed changes to the Act.  The proposed changes have been posted o…

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Published on: 22 Apr 2019 By ,

Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in the Class Action Context

Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in the Class Action Context: TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman, 2019 SCC 19 On April 4, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada issued reasons in TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision provides important guidance on the applicabil…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2019 By

$9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed

On Thursday, April 4, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the attempts of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio Region requiring Chevron to pay for water and soil contamination relating to Texaco’s activities in the area. The contamination was caused by Texaco’s activities between the years 1964 and 1…

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Published on: 11 Apr 2019 By

Further changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act

The Ontario government announced a new round of changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27 (the “Act”) and regulations in two Environmental Registry postings on Friday, April 5, 2019: Modernizing conservation authority operations – Conservation Authorities Act ht…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2019 By

Bill 66 Changes: Is “less pay for overtime” an accurate headline?

You may have seen this headline last week, and wondered how it will affect your organization. The answer is likely either “not at all” or “not much”. Prior to the passage of Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019, approval from the Director of Employment Standards was req…

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