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June 15, 2018

Mitigation, Credibility and Deductions: A Case Comment on Ryan v. Curlew, 2018 NLSC 72

In Ryan v. Curlew, 2018 NLSC 72, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador assessed damages in the context of a personal injury claim.

June 1, 2018

Cannabis Legalization: High Time for Municipal Regulation

Weed vendors and consumers will soon be legal in Nova Scotia and we wonder if municipalities are ready.

June 1, 2018

Intention Irrelevant in Breach of Drug and Alcohol Policy

The grievor was employed by Magna Services Limited as a millwright on a “call in” basis on the Terra Nova offshore petroleum production platform. His employment was terminated for non-compliance with the employer’s Drug and Alcohol Policy (the “Policy”) when a small amount of marijuana was found in the pocket of his jeans during a screening prior to boarding a helicopter for transport to the offshore Terra Nova platform.

May 29, 2018

Why Multinationals and Their Advisors Should Consider Including Nova Scotia Companies in Their Structures

Nova Scotia can deliver significant benefits to multinational entities as a result of the province’s unique corporate law framework, multinational-friendly tax regime, abundance of government incentives and enticing geographic advantages.

May 25, 2018

“Irreconcilable incongruity” in Plaintiff’s reporting disallows claim for loss of future income, Section B setoff avoids recovery of any damages

In Bent v. MacFarlane, contradictions in Bent’s self-reporting and her lack of attempt to seek a medical resolution to an alleged chronic pain syndrome proved extremely limiting to her claim for damages.

May 9, 2018

New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in New Brunswick: Addressing Workplace Harassment and Violence

New Brunswick has introduced new regulations under the General Regulations - Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) aimed at identifying and preventing workplace violence and harassment (the “New Regulations”).

April 25, 2018

Will Legalization Cause Workplace Safety To Go Up in Smoke?

The imminent legalization of marijuana is causing angst for many employers. Employers are unsure of how the issue can be dealt with in terms of prohibiting use in the workplace and addressing concerns of workplace safety.

April 19, 2018

SCC Upholds Inter-Provincial Liquor Trade Restrictions: One Man’s Goodbye to Constitutionally Guaranteed Cheap Quebec Beer and the Broader Implications

On April 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its much anticipated decision in R v. Comeau, i.e. the “beer case”.