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Published on: 16 Apr 2019 By

$9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed

On Thursday, April 4, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the attempts of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio Region requiring Chevron to pay for water and soil contamination relating to Texaco’s activities in the area. The contamination was caused by Texaco’s activities between the years 1964 and 1…

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Published on: 11 Apr 2019 By

Further changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act

The Ontario government announced a new round of changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27 (the “Act”) and regulations in two Environmental Registry postings on Friday, April 5, 2019: Modernizing conservation authority operations – Conservation Authorities Act ht…

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Published on: 8 Apr 2019 By

Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise

Licensed producers and other cannabis companies[1] are licensing their trademarks to successful applicants for Ontario cannabis retail licenses. Trademark license agreements involve downside legal risk; in particular, the “accidental franchise”, and must be drafted with attentiveness to the …

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Published on: 1 Apr 2019 By

Final Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Focused on Energy Conservation

As of today, April 1, 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) website reads:  From 1994 to 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an independent officer of the Legislature, reported on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issue…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2019 By

Advocate Daily: Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules

Event data recorders (EDRs) that track and improve vehicle safety have become standard in most vehicles. In a recent article by Advocate Daily titled: Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules, Siskinds lawyer Peter Dillon addresses privacy concerns regarding EDRs that monitor vehicle behavio…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2019 By

Repeal of Toxic Reductions Act – Friend or Foe

The Ontario government recently voted in Committee to remove Schedule 10 from Bill 66,  Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The removal of Schedule 10 was in response to comments received concerning impacts to farmland, drinking water sources and other natural areas that risked being pr…

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Published on: 21 Mar 2019 By

Divisional Court: employees with mental stress injuries suffered at work must receive benefits though workers’ compensation; may not sue for damages

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”) is the cornerstone of Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. The basic principle of the WSIA is the “historic compromise” between employees and employers: in exchange for the benefit of no-fault insurance benefits for workplace injuries an…

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Published on: 20 Mar 2019 By

Ontario GHG Performance Standards for Industrial Emitters

The public consultation period for the Ontario government’s proposed greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission performance standards (“EPS”) ends on March 29, 2019.  The EPS proposal is the government’s replacement for the cap and trade regime under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy…

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Published on: 11 Mar 2019 By

Fisheries Act Violation Results In $350,000 Fine

On February 20, 2019 Fraser River Pile and Dredge GP Inc. (“Fraser”) was ordered to pay a penalty in the amount of $350,000.00 after pleading guilty to depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.  Section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act states …

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Published on: 8 Feb 2019 By

Peter Dillon comments on Canadian coffee giant and franchisee group potential settlement

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon recently spoke with Advocate Daily about a Canadian coffee giant and frustrated franchisees that appear to be close to reaching a settlement in two class action lawsuits. Click here to view the full article

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