Parties, Cocktails & Cannabis – the Triple Threat for Host...

This is the first holiday season in the post-legalization of cannabis era. If, as an employer, you are planning a holiday gathering, you should be aware that you may be exposing your company to significant financial liability for the actions of an impaired guest. The concept of host liability is not new, but with the […]

Deducting Collateral Benefits From Loss of Income Claims

On Tuesday, November 20, a panel of Cox & Palmer insurance lawyers from across the region presented our Advance 2018 Insurance Law Webinar, which covered the latest on the Common law and Legislative law approaches to deductibility related to loss of income claims. As part of the webinar materials, we prepared a paper and a handout, which we have linked below for your reference. We have also provided a link to the full webinar, which you can view and listen to at your convenience.

In Callidus we “Trust” – The SCC Rules on the...

Callidus Capital Corporation v. Her Majesty the Queen, 2018 SCC 47 (SCC) Callidus was a secured creditor of Cheese Factory Road Holdings Inc. Pursuant to a trust agreement, Cheese Factory held all funds received in trust for Callidus and remitted them to be applied to its debt. The amounts paid to Callidus under this arrangement […]

November 15, 2018

A Closer Look at Illicit Loans and Financial Assistance in...

A few years ago, we canvassed the now outdated and antiquated financial assistance (or illicit loan) provisions that remain in the Newfoundland Corporations Act (the “Act”) and the problems they create for financial institutions seeking guarantees in financing transactions. This article seeks to examine in greater detail the solutions and work-arounds.

Who Owns That School? The Crown and the Validity of...

Terra Services Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen 2018 NLSC 221 As the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador remains a major driver of local construction and development the issue frequently arises as to whether the protections intended by the Mechanics’ Lien Act (“MLA”) can be extended to these provincial projects.  As a general rule, the […]

Canada’s new data breach notification rules: What you need to...

All businesses, big and small, need to be ready for Canada’s new mandatory data breach notification rules under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).

A Primer on Fisheries Offences

Framework The federal and provincial governments have established a complex regulatory scheme to govern the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere. The principal statute governing the industry is the Fisheries Act. Under the Act, the federal government has created more than two dozen sets of regulations. The Minister of the Department of Fisheries and […]

True Lessors, the CCAA and Allocation of Administrative Expenses

In Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems Inc. (Re), 2018 NSSC 77, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia considered whether a true lessor is exempt from payment of expenses covered by an administration charge in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) proceedings. A determining factor on a claim for exemption is whether the lessor received a benefit – […]

Post-Incident Alcohol and Drug Testing Addressed by NL Court of...

A recent decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization v. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union1 puts employers on notice to be cautious in implementing post-incident drug testing, even where such testing is contemplated in an employer’s alcohol and drug policy. Background The Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization (“HPEO” or […]

Nova Scotia: Marine Renewable-energy General Regulations – Important Considerations for...

In continuation of the series of publications on the legislative and regulatory framework being developed for the tidal energy industry in Nova Scotia, this article highlights some important considerations for tidal energy project developers that arise out of the recently promulgated Marine Renewable-energy General Regulations (the “Regulations”) under the Marine Renewable-energy Act (the “Act”) that came into force on January 23, 2018.