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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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Published on: 20 Aug 2018 By

Divisional Court Refuses to Award Costs in Judicial Review of the White Pines Wind Project

The Honourable Marc Labrosse of the Divisional Court recently refused both moving parties’ demands for costs in the latest iteration of CCSAGE Naturally Green’s (“CCSAGE”) judicial review challenging various administrative decisions relating to the White Pines Wind Project. Labrosse J’s cost…

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Published on: 15 Aug 2018 By

Federal Government Announces Funding for Four Projects Under the Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund was established in 1995 to direct money received from fines and payments for environmental offences under 10 federal environmental statutes to worthy environmental projects. Eligible projects must be located in the region in which the offence occurred and addre…

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Published on: 14 Aug 2018 By

Tech firms must follow Canadian anti-spam laws

Two tech companies were recently fined a total of $250,000 for the installation of malicious software through online ads. The case is the first where firms were fined by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for breaching Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation …

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Published on: 30 Jul 2018 By

P.E.I.'s climate plan will not include a carbon tax

On Wednesday, July 11th, P.E.I’s Environment Minister Richard Brown stated that the province will submit a climate plan to Ottawa by September 1st, 2018. This climate plan will not include a carbon tax nor a plan for a cap-and-trade system; the two options that the federal government has giv…

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