End of the Construction Gridlock – Anticipated Legislative Changes

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August 18, 2017

The long-awaited overhaul of the Construction Lien Act (“the Act”) is expected to happen soon. Here is what you need to know. On May 31, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 142, which seeks to modernize the Act. If passed, the Bill will bring long-sought reforms to the construction industry.

Promotion But No New Contract? That Old Contract May Not Apply!

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August 17, 2017

What happens if your responsibilities and remuneration change so dramatically over the years that the fundamental nature of your employment is no longer the same? Are you still tied to your initial employment contract, including whatever notice and severance is found within, or do your entitlements change? A legal concept that helps answer these questions is known as the “changed substratum doctrine”.

Hickory Dickory Debt: The Importance of Proper Estate Planning

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August 17, 2017

Retirement: the stage of life we all work towards, so we can fully embrace and enjoy the fruits of our labour. It is naturally borne in mind that life after work is a rather pleasant and enviable position. However, it is also a time when you should reassess your Estate Plan.

Delegating the Duty, Minimising Responsibility?

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August 16, 2017

Much has been written on the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Clyde River (Hamlet) v Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. (“Clyde River”), and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (“Chippewas”) since they were released in late July 2017. In short, the decisions affirm the possibility that hearings and consultations conducted by the National Energy Board (the “NEB”) might satisfy the Crown’s constitutional duty to consult with Indigenous peoples.

Recent SCC decisions reflect significant changes to Canadian IP law

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August 15, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has been busy issuing a number of important decisions. These are sure to have a substantial impact on Canada’s legal landscape surrounding intellectual property rights and, as a result, the Canadian economy as a whole.

Top 5 Labour Law Movies/TV Episodes of All Time

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August 2, 2017

How have unions been portrayed in popular film and television? In our latest Labour of Law blog post, Andrew Reinholdt looks at the best five movies and TV episodes that featured unions … and the one worst.

Craig O’Brien Gets Recognition For Volunteer Work

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August 2, 2017

Last week our very own Craig O’Brien received recognition from United Way Ottawa for his volunteer contributions. He is one of the recipients of the Community Builder Awards, and was featured in a recent story.

No More Promises: The New Standard Of Utility In Canada

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July 28, 2017

What does it mean to say a patented invention is “useful”? Our latest IP@Nelligan blog post looks at a recent Supreme Court case involving two pharmaceutical companies and the utility of a patent for heartburn medication.

Fighting Back Against Stereotypes – The Challenge of Invisible Injuries

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July 25, 2017

Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain or a traumatic brain injury will understand why these are sometimes called “invisible injuries”. While everything may appear to be fine on the outside, daily life can be a painful struggle. Two recent Ottawa decisions remind us of the important role plaintiff’s counsel play in combatting stereotypes about these types of injuries.