The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws
The federal government has released a discussion paper outlining aspects of the approach it proposes to take to implement planned reforms to Canada’s environmental laws. It is inviting comments from the public until August 28, 2017. We’ve previously written about the progress of these reform…View the post titled The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws
Toward Justice – The Road Ahead in Garcia v Tahoe Resources Inc.
“Get those coming up from under! Los de Abajo! Get the underdogs!”  On June 8, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada refused Tahoe Resources Inc.’s application for leave to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision in Garcia v. Tahoe Resources Inc., 2017 BCCA 39. I…View the post titled Toward Justice – The Road Ahead in Garcia v Tahoe Resources Inc.
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…View 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…View 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…View 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…View 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.View 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…View 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…View 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, …View the post titled Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
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