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Published on: 6 Feb 2020 By

What Exactly is Canada Doing About the Protection of Our Environment?

The Federal Government is required under the Federal Sustainable Development Act, S.C. 2008, c.33 (“Act”[1]) to provide Canadians with a strategy as directed by the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle is defined in section 2 of the FSDA, for implementing any thing, action or…

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Published on: 4 Feb 2020 By

Coronavirus – Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions

With health experts proclaiming that the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (i.e., the “Coronavirus”) is likely to become a pandemic, Canadian employers should prepare for the worst and plan how to respond to various employment-related issues that could arise if the virus continues to spread. With that…

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Published on: 3 Feb 2020 By

Climate Justice and Equality of Women and Girls

On November 7, 2019, the National Association of Women and the Law (“NAWL”) and Friends of the Earth (“FOE”) filed a Memorandum of Argument of the Proposed Intervenor in the Climate case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) by the Provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan. The F…

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Published on: 24 Jan 2020 By

Guidance from the Canadian Securities Regulators on Crypto-Platforms

Last week, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) published guidance on situations when securities legislation may apply to entities that facilitate crypto-currency trading. The CSA is an umbrella organization of securities regulators from each of the provinces and territories. T…

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Published on: 20 Jan 2020 By

When is an investigation “appropriate in the circumstances”?

Every investigator has had one of “those” files. Allegations are abundant, historical, and/or about things like “he walked past me once without speaking to me.” Can an investigator refuse to look into allegations if they are ancient? What if they wouldn’t constitute harassment even if they c…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2020 By

Are employees “off-ramping” from your organization?

When employees experience personal trauma, challenging transitions in the workplace, difficult relationships with managers, etc., some of them will choose to “off-ramp,” a term referring to those who voluntarily resign or reduce their working hours. Many employers will be familiar with an em…

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Published on: 14 Jan 2020 By

Should I practice through a professional corporation?

Several years ago, most professions governed by colleges or institutes were granted the ability to incorporate. Since that time, thousands of professionals across Canada have incorporated their practices. For newer graduates, whether, and when, to incorporate will be an important decision. T…

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Published on: 13 Jan 2020 By

Citizen suits against the government for GHG emissions

Numerous climate change actions have been brought against governmental entities globally within the past decade with increasing frequency. In Canada, three actions have been brought against the Canadian government within the past three years for insufficient action to reduce greenhouse gas e…

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