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Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Canada’s mandatory self-isolation laws: Avoiding penalties quarantine_tape_sm

All travellers entering Canada are subject to the federal Quarantine Act. Under this act, the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), No. 2 (the Mandatory Isolation Order) requires travellers to self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada. Compliance is subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Leading the way forward: Modernizing access to justice | Colin Stevenson

The winds of change have been blowing hard lately, but the saying “it’s an ill wind that blows no good” suggests that even something as thoroughly devastating and unwelcome as the COVID-19 pandemic can hopefully facilitate some positive change in the justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Dilution of ‘polluter pays’ principle in Environmental Protection Act Furnace Pipe

In the commercial real estate context, I always tell my clients that environmental due diligence is a “must.” It is not unheard of, for example, to end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation and cleanup costs after closing (depending on the scope of the issue), when later discovering your property’s contamination history. As a result of a recent Divisional Court pollution case where leave to appeal was denied, prospective purchasers should be even more wary. In a way, the decision literally further extends environmental liability beyond their property’s boundaries. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 3:52 PM

Canada providing conditional bridge loans to large employers

Canada’s government is offering to be a “lender of last resort” to big businesses to help them keep their workers employed during the COVID-19 crisis — but “significant conditions” will be attached to the funding. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years TLD Exclusive button

On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION - Approvals, licences and orders - Amendment, revocation or suspension

Appeal by the plaintiff, Cobble Hill Holdings, from an order striking its pleadings in part. The plaintiff owned and operated a mining quarry. The Ministry of Environment cancelled the plaintiff's permit that had allowed acceptance of contaminated soils and discharge of waste. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

COVID-19 compliance obligations for employers of foreign workers permit_towork_sm

New regulations in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have created additional obligations for employers in light of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

AGRICULTURE - Farms - Financing - Creditors’ relief

Appeal by HCI Ventures from refusal of summary judgment for monies owed by SOL Acres under a farmland lease. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Energy export from Atlantic Canada: More than pipe dream Oilextraction

There are currently a number of energy export projects being considered in Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada. These projects face several barriers to commencing operation. However, a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada has limited the ability of the provincial government to enact legislation to impact any interprovincial pipeline projects. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

B.C. court dismisses complaint over environmental assessment exemption for fracking dams Calvin Sandborn, University of Victoria

The B.C. Supreme Court has upheld a decision by provincial authorities to exempt an energy company from environmental assessments for two dams which had been constructed several years ago, with a law professor saying the decision shows the need for a change in the law. ... [read more]