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Raymond Leach Speaking at Straight from the Bench – June 14

Written by on June 12, 2018.

Siskinds partner Raymond Leach will be speaking at the 13th Annual Straight from the Bench Conference on June 14th. Raymond will participate in a panel discussion on estoppel and constructive trusts with The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Leach, Anne Marie Frauts of Frauts Dobbie, and Lou Anne Farrell of Ferguson Patterson PC. The conference is taking place at the London Convention Centre, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The agenda is fully loaded this year and contains EDI hours in addition to CPD hou...

Cyber Security: Peter Dillon and LEDC host session on June 14

Written by on May 29, 2018.

On Thursday, June 14, Peter Dillon will join the LEDC and other industry leaders in hosting a half-day information session about cyber security. This session is targeted to founders, CEO's, senior IT leads, and decision makers in small-to-medium sized businesses in London. Ideal sectors include digital creative, professional services, manufacturing, food processing, and health and life sciences. Book your tickets and join this informative session at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre.

Thompson Fuels Ordered to Pay Costs

Written by on May 28, 2018.

The case of Gendron v. Thompson Fuels, related to a home furnace oil tank that developed a leak in December 2008. The leak caused damage to the Gendron’s home and the surrounding environment, including nearby Sturgeon Lake. The City of Kawartha Lakes cleaned up the Lake. On July 17, 2017 the court released its decision on this matter, (2017 ONSC 4009) granting judgement in favour of Gendron against Thompson Fuels. The court appropriated 60% liability to Gendron and 40% to Thompson Fuels. Th...

Neonicotinoids Case Proceeds

Written by on May 22, 2018.

In July 2016 The David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Friends of the Earth, and the Ontario Nature and Wilderness Committee collectively filed an application requesting that the Federal Court declare that Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (“PMRA”) practice of registering neonicotinoid pesticides for use in Canada without being provided the supporting scientific information is unlawful. The environmental groups argue that PMRA’s course of conduct in initially registering a...

Legal Considerations for Start-Ups

Written by on April 18, 2018.

Introduction “Starting companies is a lot like launching rockets: if you’re a tenth of a degree off at launch, you may be a thousand miles off downrange” – Craig Johnson One of the most common mistakes start-ups make is not seeking legal advice when founding their company. While financial resources may be strained during the start-up phase of a business, having a solid legal foundation in place can help avoid major (and expensive) headaches down the line. Here are some important legal ...

Intellectual Property (IP) Firm Joins Siskinds LLP

Written by on April 05, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that on April 2, Anissimoff & Associates joined Siskinds LLP. Serge Anissimoff, Jaime Holroyd, Jessica Yaromich and Sina Giugno became members of our intellectual property (IP) team. The addition of these professionals expands our capabilities in legal services related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other aspects of intellectual property law. Welcome to the firm!

Congratulations, Paula Boutis!

Written by on April 21, 2017.

Siskinds warmly congratulates Paula Boutis from our Environmental Group on her appointment to the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”), effective May 1, 2017. With her appointment as a full-time member to the Ontario Municipal Board, Paula Boutis will be leaving private practice after nearly 17 years. Since arriving at Siskinds in the fall of 2015, Paula Boutis has been an integral part of the Environmental Group, assisting clients on a wide variety of challenging environmental issues. We’ll...

Fines for Failing to Properly Dispose of Asbestos Waste

Written by on January 05, 2017.

On December 8, 2016 an individual was convicted for transporting asbestos waste, storing asbestos, and failing to comply with the conditions of a Ministry order contrary to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”). The individual operated a business providing asbestos removal services. The individual was investigated by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“Ministry”) for two violations of the Environmental Protection Act. During the first investigatio...

Incorporation in Canada

Written by on December 09, 2016.

As most small businesses grow they are faced with a difficult decision of whether or not they should incorporate. The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including but not limited to the size of the business, projected future growth and potential liability/legal risks. Advantages of Incorporation Incorporation has a number of advantages as compared to sole proprietorships and partnerships generally related to following five factors (each of which is explained in further deta...

Sole Proprietorships

Written by on December 02, 2016.

Sole proprietorships and partnerships are often times the simplest and most cost-effective entities in which to operate a new business.  Furthermore, there are some attractive tax benefits that may be available by choosing one of these business organizations. Several factors need to be considered when deciding which form of business organization is suitable for your new business.  These considerations include: Need for limited liability; Number of owners/participants in the new busi...