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Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

CETA introduces new possibilities for European citizens to work in Canada Business immigrant

The agreement between Canada and the EU contains provisions governing the ability of Europeans to enter the country to work without a permit, as well as the possibility to obtain work permits that are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Some provisions are similar to those in other free-trade agreements, while others are new. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

Post-Energy East, what's next for Canada's energy policy as NEB is modernized? Pipeline

There is an ongoing debate as to whether TransCanada's decision to withdraw its application was a response to the National Energy Board's GHG emission scoping decision or to the company's market assessment. The issue can and should be clarified by the federal government and ultimately by Parliament — which should also recognize the nexus between climate and energy policy in legislation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

Implementing Bill 106: Big shake-up for the condominium Industry

The condominium industry will be undergoing significant changes in the next few weeks. On December 3, 2015 the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, also known as Bill 106, received royal assent by the Ontario Legislature. Bill 106 is important because it marked the first overhaul of the province’s condominium law in over 16 years. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Study shows refugee children at increased risk of injury, but who is responsible?

Many of these children may not only be subject to injury due to accidents, but they may also have suffered from torture and persecution in their country of origin. Lawyers representing them in personal injury cases must apply the 'thin skull versus crumbling skull' doctrine when demonstrating causality. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:41 AM

Privacy rights apply to travellers’ luggage, court says luggage_search_sm

You may assume that your privacy rights are moot once you enter an airport, and especially so after you watch your luggage drift further and further away from you on a conveyer belt. Yet interestingly, in R. v. Neyazi 2014 ONSC 6838, Ontario’s Superior Court has confirmed that we do in fact have privacy interests in our luggage when we enter an airport — substantial ones. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

False and defamatory Google business reviews? Maybe it's time to take action Google

There are ways — both non-litigious and litigious — to deal with reviewers, but a court in Australia has now made it easier to sue Google itself as a co-publisher in cases where the search engine has notice of false and defamatory statements and fails to remove them within a reasonable time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:45 AM

An ill wind blowing: Insurers are bracing for challenges from climate change Climate change

Weather is one of the greatest catalysts of insurance claims, and coverage for everything from business interruption and environmental liability to automobiles and property is susceptible due to a changing climate. Litigation can be expected once governments in Canada implement legislation that provides measurable standards. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

The significance of ‘pipefill’ in two generic drug damages awards

In early 2017 the Federal Court issued decisions involving two significant damages awards under s. 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. An important component of these damages awards related to the concept of “pipefill.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

How Ontario’s rent control changes will hurt new apartment construction

In April, Ontario enacted the Rental Fairness Act, 2017, revoking an exemption from rent controls for apartment rentals in buildings first occupied after Nov. 1, 1991. The revocation of the rent control exemption occurred in response to some high profile media reports chronicling substantial rent increases to residential tenants — in some cases as much as 100 per cent — in buildings which were exempt from the province’s 2017 rent control guideline (the guideline) of 1.8 per cent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:36 PM

Ontario proposes to allow 'social investments' by charities in Bill 154 Charities invest

While the province is to be commended for launching an initiative to facilitate the access of charitable capital for social investments, charities will want to closely monitor the progress of the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act to ensure that a number of questions are addressed. ... [read more]