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Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

WRONGFUL DISMISSAL - Constructive dismissal - Change to remuneration

Application by Kuhnreich for damages for constructive dismissal and relief from oppression. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Federal backstop carbon taxes are coming to Manitoba in 2019 Symbol of Manitoba

On Oct. 3, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba would no longer include a carbon tax in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Manitoba joined Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick as the holdouts for a carbon pricing scheme. On Oct. 23, Canada indicated that the federal “backstop” carbon tax under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act would apply in Manitoba and outlined how the backstop carbon tax would be applied. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Unlocking the mysteries of the ‘smart contract’ smart_contract_sm

Smart contracts are a source of intrigue and speculation among the legal profession. Counsel are well-served to understand the smart contract and position themselves to advise on whether implementation is both practicable and advantageous. In a word, smart contracts have transformational potential, but their application is not all-encompassing; there are inherent flaws and limitations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Quebec’s immigration economic stream | Colin Singer

On April 6, 2016, Quebec’s government tabled new legislation: the Quebec Immigration Act. On July 18, 2018, it tabled new regulations: the Quebec Immigration Regulation, providing for a significant overhaul of its immigration programs, which are both now in force. In our last article, we covered the selection rules for business applicants in the Entrepreneur Program. Here are the selection rules for the other two programs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

Nova Scotia brings end to cosmetic surgery for companion animals Dogandcatlinedrawing_sm.jpg

In early October Nova Scotia made Canadian history by being the first province to pass powerful new animal welfare legislation to protect companion animals from unnecessary cosmetic surgeries. The new law prohibits cosmetic surgery that changes the appearance of an animal, unless it is medically required. What this means is that elective or cosmetic surgeries are no longer allowed under Nova Scotia law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Aggressive pharma litigants sanctioned by massive costs award two men and pigbank

On Oct. 23, 2018, Justice Michael Phelan issued a brief nine-page decision on a motion for costs in Hospira Healthcare Corporation v. Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research 2018 FC 259, that would hardly be worthy of mention if it had not awarded a whopping $3.48 million in costs to the defendants, who had successfully defended against a patent impeachment action and won their counterclaim for infringement against Hospira Healthcare Corporation and additional parties to the counterclaim (Hospira Parties). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Three new associates added to Robins Appleby team

Robins Appleby LLP announced that three associates have joined the Toronto firm, Noah Ciglen, Amanda Laren and Joseph Jamil. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Hughes joins Bennett Jones as senior counsel in Ottawa office

Bennett Jones announced that Valerie Hughes has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Ottawa office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Alberta decision: Re-serve formal offer or no double cost award formal_offer_sm

It is trite to state that parties who beat their formal offers in Alberta’s courts are entitled to double costs for every step taken after service of the formal offer. However, when a party has served a formal offer and is successful in its summary dismissal application before a master, recent comments from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench indicate it is incumbent upon that party to re-serve its formal offer in the face of an appeal to secure an entitlement to double costs after the appeal is dismissed. ... [read more]