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Don’t Wing It – Implications for Project Proponents under Canada’s Species at Risk Act
This bulletin discusses the application of the Species at Risk Act, a federal environmental statute whose potential impact on private parties is overlooked.
Prepare your business to comply with Canada’s new anti-slavery legislation
An in-person seminar aiming to discuss the scope of Bill S-211 and how this new legislation might affect businesses.
New Mandatory Reporting Requirement for Businesses: Canada’s Modern Anti-Slavery Bill Becomes Law
Canada imposes new reporting obligations on forced labour, and what it means for Canadian businesses.
Factors Considered by Courts When Appointing An Arbitrator: The Arbitrator Must be Ready to “Hit the Ground Running”
The decision of the ONSC in Van Doorn v. Loopstra Nixon, 2023 ONSC 1782 provides a helpful overview of a Court's considerations when appointing an arbitrator.
Plan for the Ban: New Consultation Launched for Plastics Labelling Framework and Federal Plastics Registry
A discussion on the federal consultations on plastics labelling and registry requirements.
Major changes proposed to Quebec’s land use planning and development regime: focus on environmental impacts
This bulletin summarizes the proposed amendments to Quebec’s land use and development regime that have environmental implications.
Fanning the Flames of Liability: The Ontario Court of Appeal Considers Product Liability Issues in Burr v. Tecumseh Products of Canada Limited
The decision of the Court of Appeal in Burr v. Tecumseh Products of Canada Limited, 2023 ONCA 135 provides a helpful overview of product liability law.
Canadian Businesses Should Prepare for New Mandatory Reporting on Supply Chains and Forced Labour
Canada prepares to impose new reporting obligations on forced labour, and what it means for Canadian businesses.
Plan for the Ban: New Year, New Canadian Plastics Regulation Update
An update on recent Canadian developments related to plastics and extended producer responsibility
Cleaning Up Canada’s Auto-Emissions – Canada Announces New Manufacturer Sales Targets to Reach the 2035 Transition to 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles
Canada proposes new auto manufacturing targets for zero-emission vehicles beginning for 2026 year models.
On the Right Track: Canadian Government’s Key Changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
The Canadian government has announced key changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to streamline cross-border trade of dangerous goods.
A Foreign Affair at Home Not Abroad – Canada to Consult on the Merits of a Foreign Agent Registry
Canada announces that consultations on a possible "foreign agent registry" will begin soon. What is that and how is it different from a lobbying law?
Canada Embraces the Indo-Pacific: New Canadian Strategy Expands Opportunities for Two-way Trade and Investment
Canada announces new Indo-Pacific Strategy, applies to join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, and what it all means for Canadian businesses.
Too Quick to (Summary) Judge: The Shortcomings of Summary Judgment in Patent Actions in Canada
The FCA addresses the shortcomings of summary judgment in patent cases, along with issues relating to "common general knowledge" and experimental testing.
Mind the (ebike) Gap: How to Proceed with Product Recalls When There is a Regulatory Gap
While consumer interest in electric bicycles is increasing, regulatory interest in electric bicycles, or ebikes, is waning.
Plan for the Ban: Canada Proposes Plastic Labelling Rules and Federal Plastics Registry
Canada publishes two open consultation papers related to labeling regulations and a federal plastics registry for single-use plastics and plastic packaging.
Canada Catching Up on Regulation of PFAS Substances
An update on Canada's regulation of PFAS substances, in comparison to US and European regulation
Services, Sensitive Technologies, Luxury Goods, Gold, and Disinformation Sanctions – Plus a Forfeiture Regime: Canada’s Latest Responses to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Canada has targeted Russia and Belarus with a series of further economic sanctions with asset seizure.
Canada Poised to Increase Regulation of Forced Labour in Supply Chains
Developments in Canadian regulation of forced labour in supply chains and their potential impacts on Canadian businesses
Budget 2022 Amends Legislation to Tackle Unfairly Traded Imports
Changes announced in Budget 2022 make it easier for Canadian producers to tackle unfairly traded imports.
A Tale of [NORSTEEL in] Two Cities
The recent decision in Norsteel Building Systems Ltd. v. Toti Holdings Inc. highlights the importance of trademark clearance searching for businesses.
Primer on Canadian Federal and Provincial Cleantech Funding Programs
Across Canada, entrepreneurs are striving to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental sustainability, and provide other climate-related solutions to the domestic and international markets.
What Are You Suing Me For? I Had No Control: Lessor Fleet Liability
The decision in Barz concerns the interplay between Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Traffic Safety Act.
Sick, Lies, and Questionnaire: Arbitrators Uphold Terminations of Employees who Breached COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Two recent labour arbitration decisions held that attending work in breach of employer COVID protocols can lead to termination for cause.
July 24, 2020 Update Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment
Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.
Ontario Provides Employers with Temporary Relief from COVID-Related Termination Risks
Ontario introduces creative measures (O. Reg. 228/20) to the Covid-related temporary lay off dilemma.
Privacy Penalties – Canadian Competition Bureau Wades Into Privacy Enforcement
Organizations operating in Canada are advised to immediately review their privacy-related policies and marketing to avoid false or misleading representations
COVID-19: “Essential” Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a “Non-Essential Business” in Ontario and Québec
An outline of the potential consequences to continuing to operate a business ordered to close by the governments of Quebec and Ontario.
“She Got a Break Today” – Court Refuses to Deduct Earnings During Notice Period
"She Got a Break Today" - Court Refuses to Deduct Earnings During Notice Period
Ontario Court of Appeal to Franchisors: “Comply with your disclosure requirements, or else…”
Ontario Court of Appeal to Franchisors: "Comply with your disclosure requirements, or else..."
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