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Canada NEB starts Energy East pipeline review

Canada's National Energy Board has ruled that the applicationsare complete for the Energy East Pipeline Project and a related gas project. This determination starts the NEB's review process, under which the Board must issue...more

Harmonized Discretionary Relief for New Trading Rules

On June 17, 2016, pursuant to Multilateral CSA Staff Notice 96-301 (the "Notice"), the securities regulators of each Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan (the "Announcing Jurisdictions") announced that they...more

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

In March 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the independent system operator for Alberta’s electricity system, with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...more

A Reference Guide for Reference Letters

One of the more confusing issues that employers deal with is what to do in the face a request for a reference letter by a departing employee. While dealing with a reference letter for a stellar employee is easy, the task...more

Alberta Energy Regulator releases interim measures in response to Redwater Decision

On May 19, 2016, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued their decision, Redwater Energy Corporation Re, 2016 ABQB 278 (“Redwater Decision”), which we discussed in our recent alert, “Insolvency and energy insights: The...more

Five Things to Know Before Flying a Drone Over Real Estate or Construction Sites

In a wide range of industries across North America, drones and drone technology are being embraced for commercial purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States estimates that monitor construction crews...more

Alberta Court Releases Game-Changing Decision on Certificate of Substantial Performance, Liens

In Chandos Construction Ltd. v. Twin Peaks Construction Ltd. (Chandos Construction), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) held that once the certificate of substantial performance (Certificate) is issued and major...more

Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?

An overview of the proposed legislation - From the beginning of its term, part of this Liberal government’s mandate has been to improve access to affordable housing. On May 18, 2016, Bill 204, the Promoting Affordable...more

Attention All Canadians Who Own, Control U.K. Subsidiaries: U.K. Government Implements PSC Register

The U.K. government recently enacted amendments to the U.K. Companies Act 2006, which requires non-listed U.K. companies and limited liability partnerships to maintain and file a register of people with significant control...more

CPP Agreement in Principle Reached, ORPP Will Not Proceed if Deal is Finalized

The federal government and the provinces, except for Quebec and Manitoba, have reached an agreement in principle to a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement that will be phased in over seven years beginning January 1, 2019....more

OSC panel provides guidance on fundamental securities law concepts

On May 4, 2016, an Ontario Securities Commission panel (the Panel) issued its Reasons and Decision In the Matter of Future Solar Developments Inc., containing interpretive guidance on three central concepts in securities...more

CPP Expansion

Retirement savings in this country has been a hot topic of late, and yesterday evening in Vancouver the federal government and (most of) the provinces announced that they have reached a deal to expand the Canada Pension Plan....more

Bulletin 2016-16: Alberta Energy Regulator Releases New Requirements in Wake of Redwater Decision

Industry and the public may face significantly higher costs as a result of the much anticipated decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Redwater Energy Corporation (Re), 2016 ABQB 278, issued on May 19, 2016. The...more

Ontario man fined $6,000 for illegal use of “professional engineer” title when seeking job

An Ontario man has been found guilty of three counts of violating the Professional Engineers Act by using the protected title, “P.Eng.” in a resume and in communications with a construction firm at which he was seeking...more

Competition Tribunal Issues Mediation Practice Direction

KEY TAKEAWAYS: - Guidance document describes the mediation process for any proceeding before the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) by a judicial member of the Tribunal or the Federal Court - Mediation is voluntary,...more

Tenants who move under cover of darkness: Using the Bulk Sales Act to recoup losses incurred at the hands of rogue tenants

Retail landlords may have a powerful statutory remedy against defaulting retail tenants who sell all or substantially all of their goods and merchandise. The Ontario Bulk Sales Act (BSA) applies to the sale of all (or...more

Limiting Liability: Incentives and Benefits on Termination of Employment

You’ve terminated an employee without cause, what do you owe them? It may be more than you think. As a starting position, employees are entitled to compensation for what they would have earned during a reasonable period...more

Gift card litigation: Recent developments

Many retailers and shopping centre landlords use gift cards to build brand loyalty. These prepaid purchase cards come in a variety of types. They can be reloadable or not. They may be “open-loop” stored-value cards that can...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers Canadian retailers exciting new opportunities

On November 5, 2015, the United States Government released a draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) to the public. While implementation of the Agreement by the 12 member states is likely at least two years...more

Alberta Court Orders Production of Documents in Native Format, Contrary To Agreement Between Parties

In Bard v. Canadian Natural Resources (Bard), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) ruled that certain documents were to be produced in native format, despite what was set out in a discovery agreement between the...more

Legislative Update: Electronic Disclosure to Prospective Franchisees Coming to Ontario July 1, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, Ontario will permit disclosure documents required under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (Act) to be delivered electronically to prospective franchisees. The Act provides that a...more

New CRTC Policy Framework for Local and Community TV

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has published a new policy designed to ease the economic pressure squeezing local television newscasts in the same week in which a report was published...more

Legal Vendor Due Diligence: Staging a Successful Sale

As anyone who has sold a house knows, the housing market can be an incredibly competitive one. Home sellers take such steps to maximize the value of their properties as home staging, hosting open houses and providing...more

Alberta court of appeal dismisses worker’s appeal In his 20+ year old case against a developer

The Alberta Court of Appeal has recently confirmed that an owner/developer of a condominium conversion project was not liable for damages in a civil action commenced by a worker....more

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