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Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

What corporate lawyers should know about top court’s carbon pricing ruling | Janis Sarra

On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its long-awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), finding in Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act 2021 SCC 11 that Parliament has jurisdiction to enact the law as a matter of national concern under the “peace, order, and good government” clause of s. 91 of the Constitution Act. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Ontario moves Hamilton to lockdown, lowers vaccine eligibility to age 70 in Toronto

“Concerning trends” have prompted Ontario to move Hamilton to the Grey-Lockdown level of COVID-19 public health restrictions effective March 29 at 12:01 a.m. At the same time, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes Cornwall, will be moved to Red-Control and, effective March 26, the Timiskaming Health Unit has been moved to Red-Control under Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Court leaves trail of sour grapes for Locust Lane wineries Deep red wine in a glass

In Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. v. Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp. 2021 FC 156, Justice Richard Southcott of the Federal Court issued a judgment on an application brought by Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. (Hidden Bench) against neighbouring winery Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp. (LLEW), that sought damages for passing off based on prior rights to the name and mark LOCUST LANE. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Confidence in virtual proceedings important for justice system Headphone and mike on a laptop

Confidence in virtual proceedings is important for the justice system now that it seems clear that virtual is going to be a part of how civil, criminal and administrative hearings in Canada, and globally, will be conducted long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:52 PM

Ottawa proposes $7.2B in funding for health care, municipalities Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has introduced legislation which would provide $7.2 billion in support for urgent health-care needs as Canada continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:14 PM

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer adds associate

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP welcomed Michael Low who has joined its dispute resolution group as an associate. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 12:10 PM

Manitoba, Saskatchewan react to Supreme Court carbon tax ruling

Manitoba will press on with its legal battle against the federal carbon tax, while Saskatchewan will introduce its own tax following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Ottawa’s carbon pricing is constitutionally sound. On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 6-3 that the federal government’s implementation of its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) falls within its powers. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

Impact of a pandemic on notice periods | Stuart Rudner

I am starting to see it more frequently in the mediation briefs that are submitted to me; either: The pandemic has resulted in decreased job opportunities and, as a result, the period of reasonable notice should be extended. OR The pandemic has decimated the company/industry, local, provincial, federal or global economy, and the company’s severance obligations should be reduced to reflect the dire financial straits they find themselves in. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

More COVID-19 support, money for mental health part of Nova Scotia budget Labi Kousoulis, Nova Scotia Finance and Treasury Board Minister.

More money for mental health, long-term care, child welfare and the ongoing battle against COVID-19 are some of the highlights from Nova Scotia’s newly tabled budget for 2021-22. The budget, titled A Fair and Prosperous Future: Path to Balance, estimates revenue of $11.8 billion and expenses of $12.4 billion. It forecasts a deficit of $585 million — an improvement on the $705.5 million deficit for 2020-21. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 8:07 AM

Appeal Court ruling on data exclusion clauses significant for insurance bar, say lawyers Deepshikha Dutt, partner, Dentons

Insurance lawyers are hailing a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision as the high court’s first test of data exclusion clauses that are increasingly a fixture of commercial general liability policies. “It’s a case that’s right on topic with what is happening in the data and cyberworld,” Deepshika Dutt, a Toronto-based partner with Dentons said of the Appeal Court’s March 15 unanimous decision in Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville v. Co-operators General Insurance Company 2021 ONCA 159. ... [read more]