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Published on: 3 Oct 2018 By

Is Bill 148 being scrapped in its entirety?

Premier Doug Ford was quoted yesterday (Tuesday October 2, 2018) in the legislature as saying, “We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.” His Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson was quick to slow down the move, saying, “There are parts t…

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Published on: 28 Sep 2018 By

Cities could add another layer to data protection

Protecting citizens’ private online information is so important that municipalities are even stepping up to provide another layer of protection to consumers, On Nov. 6, voters in San Francisco will decide whether to enact a municipal “Privacy First Policy.” If passed, businesses in the…

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Published on: 27 Sep 2018 By ,

Ontario Government Announces WSIB Premium Relief for Employers

On September 26, the government of Ontario announced that Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) premium rates for employers will be reduced due to a steep reduction in the WSIB’s Insurance Fund’s unfunded liability. In the announcement, the provincial government stated that “the WSIB…

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Published on: 25 Sep 2018 By

Environmental Commissioner’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report

On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report: Climate Action in Ontario: What’s Next? The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario created by the Environme…

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Published on: 21 Sep 2018 By

Cannabis Retail in Ontario: Franchising as a Business Model

Cannabis Retail in Ontario  In the wake of federal plans to legalize recreational cannabis use,[1] the Western Provinces announced licensing schemes for private sale. A number of cannabis companies, such as Canndara, Spiritleaf, and Starbuds, began the process of organizing franchise systems…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2018 By

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Sets Aside Provisions of Legislation Cutting Toronto City Council in Half in City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151.

In July 2018, merely one month into his new role as Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced his intention to reduce the number of Councillors in the City of Toronto by almost 50%. Bill 5, Better Local Government Act (“Bill 5”), which received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018, reduced the number …

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Published on: 31 Aug 2018 By

Franchise rescission no relief from loan obligations

Last week, Perell J. granted summary judgment to the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) for indebtedness owed by Everest Group Inc. (“Everest”), a franchisee which had sought to rescind its franchise agreement.[1] Perell J. refused to require the bank to forebear exercising its rights until the fr…

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Published on: 30 Aug 2018 By

Federal Court of Appeal Quashes Order in Council Approving Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FCA 153

On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision concerning the judicial review of an Order in Council approving the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (the “Expansion Project”). The Order in Council, dated November 29, 2016, was based on a report an…

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Published on: 29 Aug 2018 By

Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications

In a significant victory for employers engaged in construction work in federally-regulated sectors, the Divisional Court in Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council v Ramkey Communications Inc [1] has overturned an Ontario Labour Relations Board (“…

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Published on: 24 Aug 2018 By

Ontario Court of Justice Sentences Corporation and its Director to $420,000 Fine and 45-day jail term for Contravention of PCB Regulations of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Environment and Climate Change Canada has reported that on August 21, 2018, a Collingwood corporation and its director were sentenced to a $420,000 fine plus a 45-day jail term, for 10 counts of contravening the PCB Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and one c…

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