Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace
We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. How…Continue reading the post titled Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace
The road to increased solar power infrastructure?
France has implemented environmental legislation that will require new buildings constructed in commercial areas to partially cover their roofs in either plants or solar panels. Although we are not aware of any Canadian legislation requiring the installation of solar panels on roof tops, req…Continue reading the post titled The road to increased solar power infrastructure?
The (Un?!-)Enforceability of Forum Selection Clauses in Adhesion Consumer Contracts
Case Commentary: Douez v Facebook, Inc., 2017 SCC 33 Ms. Douez, an ordinary citizen of the Province of British Columbia, brought a proposed class action against the internet giant, Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”), alleging that it improperly used her personal information to advertise companies a…Continue reading the post titled The (Un?!-)Enforceability of Forum Selection Clauses in Adhesion Consumer Contracts
Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?
The federal parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development has released a report resulting from its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The standing committee has recommended that a right to a healthy environment be included in forthcoming…Continue reading the post titled Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?
Linda Visser Quoted in Law Times about Umbrella Purchaser Claims
Linda Visser was interviewed by the Law Times last month to get her views on the recent Divisional Court decision, Shaw v LG Chem Ltd. Read the full article here.Continue reading the post titled Linda Visser Quoted in Law Times about Umbrella Purchaser Claims
Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts
Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic. Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so. Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the emp…Continue reading the post titled Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts
3-month Jail Time for Illegally Trafficking Iguanas
An Ontario man was sentenced to three months jail in New Brunswick for illegally trafficking threatened iguanas. The individual, who is from Thornhill, Ontario, was sentenced in Fredericton Provincial Court to concurrently serve two three-month jail terms after pleading guilty to one count o…Continue reading the post titled 3-month Jail Time for Illegally Trafficking Iguanas
Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
Earlier this month, an Alberta-based mining company, Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC, pleaded guilty to two counts under the Fisheries Act. The charges related to a dike failure that occurred in October 2013. The dike was used to contain a large volume of waste water containing coal, clay, …Continue reading the post titled Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?
(Note: This article was also published on AdvocateDaily) Last year was relatively quiet in terms of major (i.e. Court of Appeal) decisions or legislative changes. One interesting, and important, development is the increasing willingness of the courts to decide matters based on summary judgme…Continue reading the post titled Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?
The Supreme Court confirms: Mental and physical injury are to be treated identically
– “[t]he loss of our mental health is a more fundamental violation of our sense of self than the loss of a finger” The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, released June 2, 2017, confirmed that the law of negligence requires identical treatment of both mental and physical…Continue reading the post titled The Supreme Court confirms: Mental and physical injury are to be treated identically
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