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- BC's Latest COVID-19 Restrictions Explained
In an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19 in BC, Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry has issued several public health orders restricting social interactions and business operations within the province. On May 25, 2021, the provincial government introduced a four-step reopening plan: BC’s Resta … Read more »
- A Province Cannot Compel Internet Service Providers to Block Access to Websites: Online Communications Fall Under Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction
In Procureur général du Québec v Association canadienne des télécommunications sans fil, 2021 QCCA 730, the Quebec Court of Appeal confirms that a province cannot compel Internet service providers to block access to unauthorized gambling websites. The Court confirmed that the exclusive federal juris … Read more »
- Retailer Checklist for Reopening in Canada
As COVID-19 infections decline across Canada and vaccinations ramp-up, provinces are gradually entering the first phases of their most recent reopening plans. Bricks-and-mortar retailers have reason to be optimistic, with the opportunity to boost operations and soon welcome customers in greater numb … Read more »
- Quebec’s Bill 96 amending French language legislation: How Will Your Business be Affected?
On May 13, Bill 96, An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Quebec was tabled in Quebec’s National Assembly. Bill 96 aims to further promote the French language and reiterate the formal recognition of French as the only official language in Quebec. It clarifies and reinforces t … Read more »
- B.C. Court of Appeal Provides Guidance on the Enforceability of Class Action Waiver Clauses Post-Uber v. Heller
In Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller, 2020 SCC 16 (summarized here), the Supreme Court of Canada set out an analytical framework for determining the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a standard form services contract. More recently, in Pearce v. 4 Pillars Consulting Group Inc., 2021 BCCA 198 … Read more »