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Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:25 PM

Four new associates join Stewart McKelvey team

Stewart McKelvey announced that having passed their respective province’s bar, associates Kara Harrington and Matthew Jacobs have joined the firm’s team in St. John’s, N.L., while associates Jennifer Thompson and Brendan Sheridan have joined the firm’s Halifax group. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

Two new partners for Gowling WLG in Waterloo

Tech lawyers Todd Bissett and Ahsan Sadiq have joined Gowling WLG as partners in the firm’s Waterloo, Ont., region office. ... [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 @ 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]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Cannabis one year in: Are your employees too high to work? Potondesk

In October 2018, the recreational use of cannabis became legal across Canada when the federal Cannabis Act came into force. The Ontario Cannabis Act also came into force on that date and the Smoke Free Ontario Act was postponed by the new provincial government. Fast forward one year, to the day, edibles (i.e. cannabis infused products, like food and beverages) are now legal. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Election not public consultation, court tells Ford government in repeal of cap-and-trade

Although Greenpeace Canada failed to get a court-ordered reinstatement of Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, it “scored a victory” by having Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government found in violation of the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) by acting on its 2018 campaign promise to scrap the greenhouse gas emissions-lowering initiative, says a University of Ottawa law professor who helped argue Greenpeace’s case at the Ontario Superior Court in April. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Four new lawyers join Clark Wilson

Clark Wilson LLP announced that four lawyers have joined the Vancouver firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

Overtime, stat holidays, other employment regs across Canada B&Wworkers3.jpg

This article is the third in a series in which we provide a general understanding of the laws and regulations that impact employment and labour in Canada. While every effort has been made to cover developments up to the date of publication, the current status of any legislation should be verified by counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

Quebec court’s decision to uphold municipal billboard ban called ‘surprising’ Guillaume Rousseau

Three of Canada’s biggest outdoor sign companies have six months to demolish dozens of billboards in a trendy Montreal borough after the Quebec Court of Appeal held that a municipal bylaw banning outdoor advertising panels represents a minimal infringement on freedom of expression. ... [read more]