In-House Counsel

  • May 09, 2024

    Terminated for failure to follow vaccination policy? No EI for you.

     Are we done with COVID vaccination policy litigation? Not yet.

  • May 09, 2024

    Partial stays of procedure in favour of arbitration: All or nothing

    What happens when a plaintiff brings an action where some of the relief sought falls within the scope of an arbitration clause, but the principal claim is unrelated? Does a judge let the action proceed in court on the basis that the essential character of the matter is non-arbitrable? Do they grant a stay in favour of arbitration because there is a sliver of matter that is subject to arbitration? Or, can the court grant a partial stay: can it stay those matters (and the relief sought) that are arguably subject to arbitration and let the rest go to court?

  • May 09, 2024

    How AI protections in new SAG-AFTRA agreement affect Canadian actors

    “What’s the difference between theft and research?” went the old joke back in university. Answer: volume!

  • May 08, 2024

    Federal workers’ unions file legal challenges, complaints against three-day on-site work mandate

    Unions representing 270,000 federal public service workers have filed a series of legal challenges in opposition to the government’s new mandate requiring its workers to report to the office three days per week, according to a release by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

  • May 08, 2024

    Licence lockdown: Status quo orders in cannabis proceedings

    The spate of cannabis insolvencies over the past several years has seen a number of developments in Canadian insolvency law. One of the more recent developments is the increasing number of regulatory “status quo” provisions being sought and obtained by debtors.

  • May 07, 2024

    Sweeping national security bill would boost state investigative powers; expand & create crimes, AMPs

    The federal government has introduced a sweeping national security bill that would create a publicly accessible “foreign influence transparency” registry; expand the warrant, production and disclosure powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Agency (CSIS); affect criminal accused or judicial review applicants seeking access to relevant “information related to international relations, national defence or national security”; expand the current “sabotage” offence; and create new “foreign interference” offences, along with administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) of up to $5 million and five years in prison, including for knowingly obstructing the operations of the office of a proposed new “Foreign Influence Transparency Commissioner.”

  • May 07, 2024

    Ontario privacy commissioner sides with province on disclosure of health-care staffing info

    Ontario’s privacy watchdog has sided with the province in its attempts to keep information about staffing shortages in the health-care sector private.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ontario’s court rules arbitrator not free to ignore contract law, judge’s instructions

    As a general principle, “domestic” arbitrations in Ontario — being those governed by the province’s Arbitration Act, 1991 — “must be decided in accordance with the law. Arbitrators are accorded broad deference for matters within their jurisdiction and in defining the scope of their jurisdiction. But they are not free to ignore the law or to decide cases in accordance with their whims.”   

  • May 06, 2024

    Territorial sovereignty over Judea and Samaria | Charles Wagner

    The Biden administration, the media and others create an impression that there is a universal agreement that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegitimate. That proposition is legally false.

  • May 06, 2024

    B.C. court stays action against Freedom Mobile over $63,000 loss in SIM swap fraud

    The B.C. Supreme Court has stayed in favour of arbitration an action against Freedom Mobile concerning allegations that the company was negligent in permitting a SIM swap fraud that led to a customer losing Bitcoin worth approximately $63,100.

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