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HTMLAlberta Government Invites Feedback on Proposed Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Code
Justin Turc, Shana Wolch; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The Code applies to most employers in Alberta. Over the last few years, the Government of Alberta has conducted a review of the Code and solicited feedback on areas in want of revision.

 

HTMLCanada Introduces New Payment Disclosure Regime: The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act
John W. Boscariol, Robert A. Glasgow; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The Canadian government has introduced for first reading in the House of Commons the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), as part of an omnibus legislative package referred to as Bill C-43. The ESTMA contains broad reporting obligations with respect to payments to governments made...

 

HTMLUnsafe Work Refusals Narrower After October 31 for Federal Workers
Ryley Mennie, Jacques Rousse; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 15, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014
Amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) introduced by the federal government in its omnibus Budget Bill C-4 last year are set to take effect on October 31, 2014. All of the amendments concern Part II of the CLC addressing Occupational Health and Safety.

 

HTMLIllegal Contracts Does Not Preclude Discrimination Claims
Marc-André Russell; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
In Hounga v Allen, the U.K. Supreme Court addressed an issue that has not received much attention from the courts recently: the defence of illegality, also called the “ex turpi causa” doctrine. The U.K. Supreme Court had the opportunity to shed light on this defense in the context of...

 

HTMLSite C Project Granted Environmental Approvals by B.C. and Federal Governments
Paul R. Cassidy, Selina Lee-Andersen, Sven Milelli, Monika A. Sawicka; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
The B.C. and federal governments have granted environmental approvals to BC Hydro for its Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak announced on October 14, 2014 the issuance of an environmental assessment certificate (EA Certificate) for Site C, concluding that the...

 

HTMLMinister Bennett Addresses Opening of Clean Energy BC Conference; Sees Continued Opportunities for Renewable Energy even as Province Nears Final Investment Decision on Site C
Sven Milelli; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett addressed the province’s independent power producers at the opening of Clean Energy BC’s annual conference in Vancouver on October 16, 2014. Speaking in the wake of the announcement earlier in the week that the Site C...

 

HTMLQuébec Off-Title Searches - A Rumsfeldian Adventure
D. James Papadimitriou; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014
There are many differences and misconceptions about Québec off-title searches that resemble Don Rumsfeld’s famous speech.

 

HTMLThe Second Opinion: “The Class Action...is Frequently Abused” — Judge Posner Provides Unvarnished Commentary on Class Proceedings
Anthony M.C. Alexander; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
For the Canadian class actions defence bar — which must occasionally feel disheartened by the unwavering enthusiasm with which our courts have championed class proceedings — the recent ruling in Eubank v. Pella Corporation (7th Cir. June 2, 2014) represents a breath of fresh air from...

 

HTMLImpending Lapse of PIPA Creates Uncertainty
Roland Hung, Kimberly Macnab; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62 (“United Food”), and despite a one-year stay...

 

HTMLQuébec Government Proposes a Discount on Industrial Electricity Rates
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Franck Marvel Ngandui; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
On October 14, 2014, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, Mr. Pierre Arcand, and the Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports, Mr. Jacques Daoust, introduced Québec’s strategy to use its electricity surpluses: a 20%...

 


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