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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 8:14 AM

Employment standards claims cannot be pursued in B.C. courts Goldmineinterior.jpg

A recent summary trial decision from the B.C. Supreme Court confirms that claims arising from breaches of the B.C. Employment Standards Act (ESA) cannot be pursued in a civil action and denies the application of the tort of intimidation to a threatened breach of an employment contract. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

Netflix putting out fires over Fyre festival documentary Directorsactionclapper.jpg

In 2019, Netflix found itself at the centre of pop culture with its release of the popular documentary about the Fyre Festival debacle. If you’ve been living under a rock and need a quick primer, here’s Fyre Festival in a nutshell: New York-based serial entrepreneur Billy McFarland and hip hop artist Ja Rule joined forces to launch an online music booking app. As part of the launch, they concocted a super VIP music festival that would be held on a private island in the Bahamas, specifically on an island owned by Pablo Escobar. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Marriage of family law and technology: A much-needed union Female hands typing on laptop

Technology has become so enmeshed in modern life that citizens engaging with the legal system wonder why the same level of service and convenience is not available. Fortunately, in Ontario, the superior and provincial family courts are implementing new technological processes in order to modernize the system. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Careful how you market that cannabis edible cannabis_drink_sm

The much-awaited market entry of legal cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals is here. These new classes of products are subject to a complex web of promotional, packaging and labelling requirements. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

What U.K. employers should know about Canadian termination, dismissal law Britcanadaflag_sm.jpg

Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislation operates within a federalist state. Part three of this four-part series looks at a key aspect of Canadian employment law that is distinct from U.K. employment law. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:14 PM

Recognition of ‘umbrella purchasers’ will increase size of class actions umbrella_people_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Pioneer Corp. v. Godfrey 2019 SCC 42, the court’s latest pronouncement on price-fixing class actions. While Godfrey raised a number of issues relating to the interpretation of the Competition Act and class action procedure generally, the biggest takeaway from the decision is the Supreme Court’s recognition of a cause of action for so-called “umbrella purchasers.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Legal cannabis one year in: Minimal impact, but employers will face new issues potsmoking.jpg

A year ago Canada embarked on an ambitious experiment that had only been attempted in a few countries around the world: we officially legalized the sale and possession of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

If climate strikes fail, what’s next? Forecasting climate terrorism Globe as bomb

In recent weeks, Canadians in cities all across Canada were confronted with two rounds of “climate strikes,” mass protests against climate change that were held to coincide with the United Nations’ emergency climate summit on Sept. 23, 2019. In Europe, Asia and elsewhere, people all over the world came together in an expression of collective protest against a global warming situation that we know from the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report is dire. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

Deal or no deal: Brexit, CETA and labour mobility to Canada brexit_zipper_sm

In today’s global economy, what happens across the Atlantic has an economic impact in Canada. The “British Exit” from the European Union (EU) was narrowly decided in a referendum where 52 per cent of the U.K. voters decided to leave the EU. The date of this withdrawal is currently set for Oct. 31, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:54 PM

The 2019 federal election roundup Federal Election 2019

With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. ... [read more]