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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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Published on: 8 Apr 2019 By

Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise

Licensed producers and other cannabis companies[1] are licensing their trademarks to successful applicants for Ontario cannabis retail licenses. Trademark license agreements involve downside legal risk; in particular, the “accidental franchise”, and must be drafted with attentiveness to the …

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Published on: 1 Apr 2019 By

Final Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Focused on Energy Conservation

As of today, April 1, 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) website reads:  From 1994 to 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an independent officer of the Legislature, reported on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issue…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2019 By

Advocate Daily: Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules

Event data recorders (EDRs) that track and improve vehicle safety have become standard in most vehicles. In a recent article by Advocate Daily titled: Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules, Siskinds lawyer Peter Dillon addresses privacy concerns regarding EDRs that monitor vehicle behavio…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2019 By

Repeal of Toxic Reductions Act – Friend or Foe

The Ontario government recently voted in Committee to remove Schedule 10 from Bill 66,  Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The removal of Schedule 10 was in response to comments received concerning impacts to farmland, drinking water sources and other natural areas that risked being pr…

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