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Published on: 11 Jul 2017 By

Public Hearings Regarding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in London on July 17

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently working its way through the Ontario legislature and, if passed into law, would impose many new obligations on employers. For more details on those changes, please see our previous blog posts on the subject. Bill 148 is in the…

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Published on: 10 Jul 2017 By

The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws

The federal government has released a discussion paper outlining aspects of the approach it proposes to take to implement planned reforms to Canada’s environmental laws. It is inviting comments from the public until August 28, 2017. We’ve previously written about the progress of these reform…

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Published on: 5 Jul 2017 By

Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace

We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. How…

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Published on: 22 Jun 2017 By

Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?

The federal parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development has released a report resulting from its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The standing committee has recommended that a right to a healthy environment be included in forthcoming…

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Published on: 19 Jun 2017 By

Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts

Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic. Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so. Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the emp…

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Published on: 14 Jun 2017 By

Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?

(Note: This article was also published on AdvocateDaily) Last year was relatively quiet in terms of major (i.e. Court of Appeal) decisions or legislative changes. One interesting, and important, development is the increasing willingness of the courts to decide matters based on summary judgme…

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Published on: 9 Jun 2017 By

Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has published her Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, entitled Every Drop Counts (the “Report”). The Report focuses on the nexus between water and energy and finding ways to reduce municipal consumption of both in Ontario. The Report focuses …

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Published on: 2 Jun 2017 By

Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change

Bill 68—the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017—received royal assent on May 30, 2017, so is now officially in force. As we previously reported, Bill 68 introduces a host of changes to several key municipal statutes: the Municipal Act, 2001 (“Municipal Act”); City of Toront…

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