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March 23, 2017

Shareholder Loans: Are They Equity or Debt?

Tudor Sales Ltd. (Re), 2017 BCSC 119 is a case from British Columbia that dealt with whether shareholder loans, as a non-arm’s length transaction, are properly characterized as debt, or as equity.

March 22, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms the Law on Rectification

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) confirmed the law on the equitable remedy of rectification in Canada (Attorney General) v. Fairmont Hotels Inc., 2016 SCC 56 (“Fairmont”).

March 20, 2017

NL Court of Appeal Restates Principles That Apply to Claims of Unconscionability

In this case, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal considered the validity and enforceability of a full and final release involving two unrepresented individuals.

March 14, 2017

Casual Worker Permitted to Sue Employer for Injuries Resulting from Workplace Accident

Workers’ Compensation generally operates like a form of insurance in that it provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured in the course of their employment.

March 9, 2017

Availability of Coverage Under a CGL Policy For Historical Sexual Abuse

Are payments offered through a conciliation process designed to make moral amends covered by commercial general liability (CGL) insurance?

March 8, 2017

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot: a New Option for Immigrating to Atlantic Canada

Great news! There is a new option for employers wishing to hire immigrants and for immigrants wishing to immigrate to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

March 6, 2017

Illegal Drugs in the Workplace: The Test to Establish Possession

The possession and use of illegal drugs in safety-sensitive workplaces continues to be a prevalent issue in Canadian labour law.

March 3, 2017

In Nova Scotia, How Long Do You Have to Live Together Before You Become "Common-Law"?

These days, almost every couple lives together for a period of time before they get married, and increasingly, more and more couples never get married at all.