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Published on: 5 Dec 2018 By

Lenders Beware: Not All Charge Terms Are The Same

When a lender, be they a large bank or a private individual, lends money to someone they will, in most cases, require security for that loan. One well-known type of security is the mortgage. A mortgage, otherwise known as a charge, is a lien or encumbrance on the property, giving the lender …

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Published on: 3 Dec 2018 By

Rooney v ArcelorMittal: the Superior Court confirms the suitability of Oppression Claims for Certification

In Rooney v ArcelorMittal[1], the Plaintiffs sought certification of a proposed shareholder class action arising out of the events leading up to the successful takeover of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (“BIM”). The key issue in dispute was certification of claims for relief from oppressi…

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Published on: 27 Nov 2018 By

2018 Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Annual Report

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (“ECO”) released her office’s 2018 Annual Report, titled, “Back to Basics: Respecting the Public’s Voice on the Environment” on November 13, 2018.[1] The Report is published in four volumes, spanning 339 pages. Volume 1 reports on government ministri…

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Published on: 22 Nov 2018 By

Government “Eco Fees” on New Tires Eliminated

If you recently purchased winter tires in Ontario you may have noticed that the government “eco-fees” charged on the purchase of new tires was eliminated as of October 1, 2018. The fee, which was approximately $3.30 per tire for passenger and luck trucks was levied by the government to suppo…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2018 By

Cannabis License Act: Franchising Implications

Before the Ontario Cannabis License Act was passed, I wrote about the relative merits of corporate store ownership and franchising as business models for cannabis retail.[1] It now appears that corporate store ownership will not be an option for licensed producers who wish to establish a sig…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2018 By

Federal Court Scheduled to Hear Application for Judicial Review in David Suzuki Foundation et al v. Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health et al.

This week, the Federal Court of Canada is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of David Suzuki Foundation et al v. Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health et al, T-1071-16 (“Suzuki Foundation”). Suzuki Foundation is an application for judicial review brought by the David Suzuk…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2018 By

TELUS v. Wellman – Siskinds lawyers represent consumer association in the Supreme Court of Canada

On November 6, Siskinds represented the Intervener Consumers’ Association of Canada (“CAC”) in the Supreme Court’s hearing of TELUS v. Wellman. The Court’s decision could have major implications on Canadians’ access to the civil justice system. The Wellman appeal arose from a certified class…

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Published on: 19 Nov 2018 By

The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Car crashes often cause serious injuries, which can be long term and require substantial treatment. Some accident victims unfortunately become disabled as a result of their injuries. In addition to what might be available through private benefits or through an automobile insurance policy, an…

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