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Monday, December 05, 2022 @ 10:36 AM

Provincial carbon regimes: Mixed bag to fight climate change CO2 building blocks

We are back … with the next instalment in our carbon finance series ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

’Tis the season to avoid folly: Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Christmas party

Employers that organize and host Christmas or holiday parties and similar work-related social events have a number of legal responsibilities. They can be held liable for not taking adequate precautions to protect their employees from foreseeable and preventable harm. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 2:27 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - RCMP lays charges in Hydro-Québec electricity theft network

Hydro-Québec's corporate security teams uncovered a Lac-Saint-Jean electricity theft network that “amounted to more than $300,000” in theft. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 10:57 AM

New committees to look at employment accessibility, service delivery standards in B.C.

British Columbia has set up a pair of committees to help develop the province’s first two standards for accessibility. Announced Dec. 1, the two 15-person committees will support the work of the provincial accessibility committee to develop standards on employment accessibility and accessible service delivery. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 10:14 AM

Warning: These numbers are disturbing | Rob De Toni

The University of Sherbrook recently released a report on the state of mental health in the legal industry titled: “Research Report (preliminary version): Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Practice of Law in Canada. National Study on the Psychological Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada, Phase 1 (2020-2022).” ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

Franchise renovations and system changes during COVID-19, part two Mna bent under weight with COVID on it

As we discussed in the first article in this series, in franchise systems involving large physical spaces, COVID-19 and the subsequent economic challenges of supply chains and labour shortages have contributed to delays in renovation project completion and cost overruns. This article continues the discussion of the key legal issues involving the contractual framework between the parties and the franchise duty of good faith and fair dealings in the performance or enforcement of the contractual terms. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 5:38 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - FINTRAC annual report ‘impressive’ but doesn't address ‘high-volume, low-value reporting’: lawyer Kenneth Jull, partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has released its 2021-22 Annual Report, Safe Canadians, Secure Economy, which “describes the significant impact the Centre is having through its activities and operations in helping protect Canadians and Canada’s economy,” FINTRAC said in a Dec. 1 statement. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 2:05 PM

Cyber risk, gaming and COVID: Best practices to minimize liability Pixilated old-fashioned bomb

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged, the gaming industry grew by a remarkable 26 per cent between 2019 and 2021. Lockdown mandates encouraged people to look for various forms of entertainment within the walls of their homes. As a result, millions turned to video games to escape boredom and loneliness. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 1:11 PM

EU seeks special tribunal, will redirect 319B euros of Russian funds to help compensate Ukraine

Asserting that Russia must pay “full compensation” for its “horrific crimes,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced that 319 billion euros of European Union-controlled Russian-owned funds will be used for Ukraine and has also called for the creation of a UN-endorsed specialized court “to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression” against Ukraine. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 10:32 AM

Franchise renovations and system changes during COVID-19, part one Man bent over with a COVID weight on his back

As a condition of the franchise agreement, or a renewal of a franchise, franchisors will typically require that franchisees undertake periodic renovations to bring the location up to the brand’s then current standards. Franchisors may also make system changes and require franchisees to adhere to them. In franchise systems involving large physical spaces (big restaurants, hotels, sports facilities, etc.), COVID-19 and the subsequent economic challenges of supply chains and labour shortages have contributed to delays in renovation project completion and cost overruns. ... [read more]