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Published on: 17 Jun 2016 By

The importance of properly conducting workplace investigations

If not done properly, conducting a workplace investigation can be costly. This lesson was learned by the Royal Bank of Canada in Lau v. Royal Bank of Canada[1]. Mr. Lau was an account manager at one of RBC’s Vancouver branches. A customer of Mr. Lau’s filed a complaint about the manner in wh…

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Published on: 15 Jun 2016 By

Court confirms PMRA’s duty to conduct special reviews of pesticides

A recent decision out of the Federal Court has confirmed the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (“PMRA”) duty to conduct special reviews. More specifically, the PMRA must conduct special reviews of any pest control product containing a special ingredient banned for environmental or …

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Published on: 13 Jun 2016 By

“Comfortably Numb”: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Traditionally, Canadian courts and arbitrators have upheld discipline against employees who have disobeyed company policies by using or possessing marijuana[1] on company premises. There has generally been no need for the employee to have engaged in dangerous conduct, so long as the employee…

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Published on: 10 Jun 2016 By

Misrepresentation in Accredited Investor Prospectus Exempt Offerings in Ontario

Part I – Mind the Angle Shooters The more dangerous malefactors are the men in high places who take a good property, overcapitalize it, appraise its value at many times what it is worth, use artful publicity and market methods to beguile the public into believing the stock is worth par…

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Published on: 6 Jun 2016 By

Don’t FALL into trouble with the Ministry of Labour this summer!

It’s summer and the livin’ may be easy if you’re on vacation. But if you’re at work, you’d better be working safely! The Ministry of Labour is running a blitz from May 16th until July 15th, focusing attention on falls from height. They’ve warned us that they “will be taking a no tolerance in…

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Published on: 27 May 2016 By

Could an update to the Environmental Registry be coming soon?

Change may soon be coming to the Environmental Registry. The Registry has been crucial to supporting public participation in environmental decision making in Ontario for nearly two decades. Created under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 and administered by the Ministry of the Environme…

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Published on: 27 May 2016 By

Double Jeopardy Also Applies to Employee Discipline

I recently came across the Ontario decision of Garreton v. Complete Innovations Inc.[1] from earlier this year. While an interesting read for a number of employment reasons, it is a good reminder to employers that “double jeopardy” also applies to employee discipline. The relevant facts in t…

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