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…View 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…View the post titled The Supreme Court confirms: Mental and physical injury are to be treated identically
Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has published her Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, entitled Every Drop Counts (the “Report”). The Report focuses on the nexus between water and energy and finding ways to reduce municipal consumption of both in Ontario. The Report focuses …View the post titled Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change
Bennett v Lenovo – Another Step Toward a Consumer Privacy Protection Jurisprudence
Introduction The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Bennett v Lenovo, 2017 ONSC 1082 is an important step in the development of privacy class actions in Canada. In Lenovo, the Court refused to strike the majority of causes of action pleaded by the Plaintiffs, permitt…View the post titled Bennett v Lenovo – Another Step Toward a Consumer Privacy Protection Jurisprudence
Government delays private right of action under CASL
Recently at Siskinds, we’ve written about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation or CASL (see here and here). In those articles, we described the private right of action contemplated by CASL. Broadly speaking, the private right of action would allow a person affected by a breach of certain sectio…View the post titled Government delays private right of action under CASL
Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
Bill 68—the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017—received royal assent on May 30, 2017, so is now officially in force. As we previously reported, Bill 68 introduces a host of changes to several key municipal statutes: the Municipal Act, 2001 (“Municipal Act”); City of Toront…View the post titled Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
The Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) will be undergoing radical reform in the coming months. The Ontario government recently announced its long-awaiting plans to restructure the OMB. If the changes are passed, the OMB will be replaced by a new statutory body, which will be referred to as the …View the post titled Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
$600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
On May 15, 2017, 228057 Ontario Inc. (formerly Naylor Renewable Energy Inc.) pled guilty to three offences and was fined $600,000 plus the 25 per cent victim fine surcharge for discharging sediment-laden stormwater causing the impairment water quality, failing to notify the Ministry of the E…View the post titled $600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
Got Spam? What you can do if you are receiving unwanted e-mails.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL, came into force in July of 2014. Effectively, sending spam is a violation of the law. You may have received spam if you can answer “no” to any of the following questions: Did you consent to the sender contacting you? Are you easily able to unsubscr…View the post titled Got Spam? What you can do if you are receiving unwanted e-mails.
The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers
Along with franchisors and unionized employers, the recommendations made in the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report could signal change for temporary help agencies, the individuals they employ (“assignment workers”), and the businesses who use these services to staff their operations (“c…View the post titled The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers
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