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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Using Pierringer agreements in class proceedings three_puzzle_sm

Pierringer settlement agreements have been increasingly utilized in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

Accounting for business interruption loss after cyber attack Number 404 with plugs

Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated, leading to an increase in the size and volume of cyber insurance claims. This article discusses how cyber losses can result in a business interruption loss and how companies should go about documenting and quantifying these losses should they occur. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Federal decision lifts discipline restriction on not-for-profits compliance_list_sm

On July 30, 2019, the Federal Court released its decision in Watto v. Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council 2019 FC 1024, holding that s. 158 of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) does not restrict the power to discipline a member or to terminate their membership to only “the directors, the members or any committee of directors or members of a corporation.” This case was one of numerous court proceedings initiated by a disaffected member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is a federal not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the CNCA. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

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 @ 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]

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 @ 12:39 PM

B.C. city fighting reinstatement of fire captain terminated for having sex at work

A B.C. city is vowing to fight a decision that upheld the reinstatement of a fire official who lost his job after engaging in sexual activity with a colleague in the workplace, with a lawyer saying the case may find itself before the provincial Court of Appeal in order for it to answer the question of whether such behaviour is grounds for dismissal. ... [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 @ 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]