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Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

When Quebec Court of Appeal can overlook ‘entire agreement clause’ windpower

Invenergy produces and sells electricity generated by wind towers. Éolectric finds suitable sites, maps them, obtains regulatory approvals and then collects royalties from Invenergy. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 9:01 AM

Climate change: Parties to M&A must be diligent climate_goldenegg_sm

Climate change has the potential to impact an exceptionally wide range of businesses, and failure to assess these risks when evaluating M&A opportunities may result in costly mistakes. As a result, businesses need to be especially diligent in their assessment of a range of factors that may be impacted by the changing climate when completing M&A transactions. While the risks that should be considered will, of course, vary between transactions, the following is a list of climate-related factors that will likely be relevant to the majority of M&A transactions. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Will carbon majors have to pay for climate damage? Governments could make them Earth melting to water

As shown in part one of this article, the climate crisis is already causing large financial losses. Governments and individuals will increasingly face overwhelming bills. Most of the fossil fuels that are driving this crisis have been produced and sold by 103 companies, the carbon majors. Can they be made to pay for the resulting damage? ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Role of secret surveillance in workplace Hi tech video

The most frequent use of secret surveillance is when an employee is off work and collecting benefits due to an injury, and the employer or the insurer has reason to suspect that the employee is exaggerating. The employer will sometimes hire a private investigator, who will follow the injured worker around and take secret videos.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 8:26 AM

Vavilov and Bell cases: Arbitration awards at risk? arbitration_loops_sm

On Dec. 19, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Canada v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 (and companion cases, see Bell Canada v. Canada 2019 SCC 66) on the issue of standard of review for administrative law decisions. The legal profession could not have asked for a better holiday present. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Rethinking the obituary in digital age digital_obituariy

We’re told not to click on links in e-mails, not to open attachments from unknown sources, and not to provide personal information to someone we don’t know on the phone or on the Internet. So why is it we still create obituaries, also known as death notices, as if we are completing a job application regardless if its purpose is a legal declaration or memorial announcement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

Natural resources, environmental cases to watch in 2020 B&WPowerGrid.jpg

Last year was very eventful for those practising in the energy sector. There have been some very important legal and policy decisions around carbon emissions and the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program that will continue to have an impact into the new year. This is the first part of a two-part article where we discuss three other key cases to watch in 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Paralegals and small claims court a good fit small_claims_court_sm

It has often been said that small claims court was intended to be the “people’s court,” where members of the public could represent themselves in respect to minor civil disputes, thus ensuring the public’s access to justice and providing a means by which parties could settle their differences without the sometimes prohibitive costs of the representation of lawyers. This was and to some extent still is the nature of small claims court as members of the public are still able to represent themselves in civil actions and obtain resolutions to their issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

The year Canada got serious about opt-out organ donation Hands holding heart

There are thousands of people in Canada on a waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant; hundreds die every year while waiting. One controversial option to improve this gained traction in Canada in 2019: an opt-out system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

Bosses who spy on you Eyes&Venetianblinds.jpg

There was a grim news report out of Switzerland last year about a scandal involving a major bank. The Credit Suisse bank was spying on one of its executives. The fallout from this included the firing of the bank’s chief operating officer. It may have contributed to the suicide of another individual who was involved. ... [read more]