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Published on: 26 Jul 2018 By

Imperial Oil Limited Ordered to pay $650,000.00 by Ontario Court of Justice

Imperial Oil Limited was recently convicted of breaching s.14 of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”) for permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment. Imperial Oil, who pled guilty to the offence, was sentenced to pay $650,000.00, in addition to a $162,50…

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Published on: 24 Jul 2018 By

Ontario to intervene in Saskatchewan’s Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax

Last week, at the Council of the Federation talks in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced Ontario’s intention to intervene in Saskatchewan’s court reference to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal challenging the Federal government’s proposed carbon tax. The court r…

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Published on: 15 Jul 2018 By

Guardianship Applications under the Children’s Law Reform Act

A minor is considered to be a person under the age of eighteen years. In Ontario, a parent is automatically the guardian of the person of his or her minor child.[1] However, a parent is not automatically the guardian of property of his or her minor child.[2] In certain circumstances, a paren…

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Published on: 13 Jul 2018 By

Holding listed issuers to their word – for now anyway… Developments from the UK Court of Appeal on parent company liability for impacts abroad

Last year I wrote about a feature of the decision of the English and Wales High Court of Justice in HRH Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc[1], a case where residents of the Niger Delta brought a claim in negligence against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), an issuer incorporated in England and listed on …

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Published on: 9 Jul 2018 By

Hawaii to Ban Sale and Distribution of Sunscreens Deemed Harmful to Coral Reefs

On July 3, 2018, Hawaii Governor, David Ige signed a Bill to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The Hawaiian state legislature passed Bill SB2571 in May of this year in response to scientific evidence suggesting that oxybenzone and…

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Published on: 3 Jul 2018 By

Exercise Of Authority By ADM Constitutionally Valid Under CEAA

In the case of Maloney v Garneau (2018 FC 188) the Applicant, Mr. David Maloney, sought judicial review of Aéroports de Montréal’s (“ADM”), decision to develop federally-owned lands (the “Project”). The Applicant challenged the constitutionality of section 67 of the Canadian Environmental As…

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Published on: 27 Jun 2018 By ,

A good day for do-it-yourself investors: The CSA proposes to prohibit the payment of trailing commissions to discount brokers

On June 21, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) released a Status Report on their ongoing investigation into embedded commissions in the mutual fund industry. “Embedded commissions” is the term used to describe the practice of mutual fund managers compensating dealers (and t…

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Published on: 20 Jun 2018 By

Legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018

Canadian employers should be ready for the legalization of marijuana, set to take effect by October 17, 2018. The Senate voted to pass the Liberal government’s Bill C-45 on June 19, 2018 and today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the October 17, 2018 date, which allows the provinces …

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