Dale Smith

Dale Smith

SCC decision will impact provincial regulators

SCC decision will impact provincial regulators

A landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Canada will have an impact on how the provincial regulators that issue licences and permits deal with future environmental remediation in Ontario, say lawyers.

Ontario government proposes changes to Endangered Species Act

Ontario government proposes changes to Endangered Species Act

The Ontario government has proposed changes to its Endangered Species Act for the first time in 10 years, with lawyers saying the shift could lead to longer timelines for decisions around how to protect endangered habitat.

Advising clients difficult when it comes to emissions reductions

Advising clients difficult when it comes to emissions reductions

Ontario lawyers say it’s unknown what the future will look like when it comes to their clients’ obligations around emissions reductions.

Uncertainty for clients due to carbon pricing

Uncertainty for clients due to carbon pricing

On April 1, the federal carbon price backstop came into effect, which meant that a $20/tonne charge for greenhouse gas emissions is being applied in Ontario.

Condo boards shifting rules after legalization

Condo boards shifting rules after legalization

Lawyers say some Ontario condominiums have been looking to change their rules to restrict cannabis. They say there are options for legally prohibiting cannabis in buildings, such as grandfathering rules to existing residents or owners if those guidelines to prohibit smoking were not in place before the Oct. 17, 2018 legalization date.

Oral fluid testing presents problems

Oral fluid testing presents problems

Criminal defence and employment lawyers say that with new provisions in the Criminal Code around testing for cannabis usage, the reliability of oral fluid testing remains controversial.

Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions

Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions

The rules around advertising and promotion of cannabis are restrictive; however, lawyers say there is room within federal regulations to be creative if their clients are willing to assume a little risk.

Retailers and producers work out structure of storefronts

Retailers and producers work out structure of storefronts

With the rollout of private retail cannabis stores in Ontario, the province put restrictions in place to ensure that licensed producers can only maintain a 9.9-per-cent stake in those retail outlets.

Clarity around reunification therapy orders provided

Clarity around reunification therapy orders provided

In cases where there is genuine alienation between a parent and child, a court may look to order reunification therapy as a means of reconciling them.

Divorce Act changes bring in less adversarial language

Divorce Act changes bring in less adversarial language

Last year, headlines were made when the federal government announced an overhaul to the federal Divorce Act.