Overview of the New Legal Era for Development Projects in...

In “Overview of the New Legal Era for Development Projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore,” Todd Stanley, QC, discusses the history of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore and the changes to the legal and regulatory landscape for upcoming projects. Originally prepared for the Canadian Energy Law Foundation’s June 2019 conference, you can now download a […]

New Brunswick Court of Appeal Limits Appellate Intervention in Motion...

In Babin v. C.J.M. Dieppe Investments Ltd. and TG 378 Gauvin Ltd., 2019 NBCA 44, the New Brunswick Court of Appeal made clear that it will not interfere lightly with a motion judge’s discretionary decision to grant partial summary judgment, particularly where a decision on the merits is correct in law.  The Court of Appeal […]

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

Last year was the first holiday season after the legalization of cannabis. The products available then were primarily for consumption by inhalation. As of October 17 of this year, edible cannabis is legal, and edible cannabis products may be available for sale by mid-December.[1] The introduction of legalized edible cannabis raises difficulties in detecting consumption, […]

November 26, 2019

Preparing for the Builders’ Lien and Prompt Payment Act

Nova Scotia will soon have an amended and renamed Builders’ Lien Act, which will introduce a prompt payment scheme, as well as an adjudication process to be followed in the case of non-payment. Bill 119, the bill to amend the Builders’ Lien Act, received royal assent on April 12, 2019, but will not come into […]

November 19, 2019

Kids on the Move: What the Changes in the Divorce...

You have landed your dream job, but it is on the other side of the country. Your company is restructuring and your new office is in the next town. Your ailing parent requires your care – in another province. Your former spouse is in the military and is being relocated. There are many reasons why […]

November 19, 2019

Cox & Palmer Remembers Thomas J. O’Reilly, QC (1941-2019)

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend, brilliant colleague, and founding partner, Thomas J. O’Reilly, QC. Tom passed away on Saturday, November 16, following a brief, yet brave, medical battle. He was surrounded by his loving family. Tom’s contributions to the firm, profession, and community were invaluable. In […]

November 14, 2019

A Primer to the Amendments to the Divorce Act

BACKGROUND The last major overhaul of the Divorce Act, which governs issues of custody and support for married persons, was in 1985. In May 2018, the government introduced Bill C-78, which proposed significant changes to the Divorce Act. The bill received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, and the majority of the amendments to the […]

Nova Scotia OKs Electronic Record Keeping, Corporate Practices

We are living in a time where there is great potential to improve business practices through the effective implementation of technology. Upcoming amendments to the Companies Act[1], Co-operative Associations Act[2] and Corporations Registrations Act[3] will permit the electronic storage of books and records for both companies and cooperatives. A number of other key updates include, […]

Bill C-69 – A Slightly Unfinished Work in the Newfoundland...

Background Bill C-69 was passed by the Parliament of Canada in June 2019.[1] It was omnibus legislation, a package of both new legislation and amendments to existing legislation. One of the objectives of Bill C-69 was a complete overhaul of the environmental assessment of large resource projects in Canada. It was, and continues to be, a […]

Breaking Glass Ceilings – Federal Pay Equity Legislation Seeks Equal...

On September 10, 2019, the federal government announced the appointment of the first ever federal Pay Equity Commissioner. The Pay Equity Commissioner’s role is to provide leadership and direction for the administration and enforcement of the new federal Pay Equity Act (the “Act”). The Act establishes a new pay equity regime which is aimed at reducing gender based pay discrimination by ensuring all federally regulated employers take proactive steps to ensure they are providing equal pay for equal value.