This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada released Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, an important decision relating to the intersection of freedom of expression and protection of privacy and, in the process, struck down Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act, SA 2003, c. P-6.5 ( “PIPA”). At issue were the privacy rights created by the PIPA and the right to free expression, which is constitutionally enshrined as section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”).
Broader public sector employers (such as hospitals, colleges and LHINs), as well as non-profit and private organizations with 50 or more employees, must meet certain requirements under the Integrated Accessibility Standards (the second regulation prepared under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) by January 1, 2014.
Nearly a decade after British Columbia and Alberta enacted their own private sector privacy laws, Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly recently passed the Personal Information Protection and Identity Theft Prevention Act (PIPITPA or the Act), a privacy statute governing the private sector in that province.
New Report Doubles Previous Estimates of Montney Formation Natural Gas Reserves in British Columbia and Alberta
A new federal-provincial study has concluded that naturas gas reserves contained in the Montney Formation that straddes British Columbia and Alberta are more than double than previously estimated, equivalent to 145 years of supply at Canada’s current consumption levels.
A recent trilogy of decisions awarding costs to plaintiffs successful on motions for certification provides some useful judicial insight into the direction of future class actions and in particular how the court may approach costs awards on certification motions – awards which are invariably in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In several earlier posts I discussed a B.C. Supreme Court decision involving problem strata owners who had, for years, defied efforts by the strata council to moderate their poor conduct.
While the percentage of class action decisions on the merits may appear higher in the province of Québec than elsewhere, it is interesting to note that more than half of the Québec class action decisions rendered in 2013 concerned approvals of class action settlements.
Last week, a case that has significant labour relations and privacy implications was argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. At issue in Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General) is the appropriate balance between an individual’s privacy rights and a union’s right, and duty, to represent its membership. In other words, what employee personal information is an employer required to provide to a union—and to what point can an employee resist such disclosure?
The BC government announced on October 28, 2013, its intention to support clean-energy developments in First Nations communities through investments in the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF).
Business Council of British Columbia’s Energy Policy White Paper Calls for Greater Focus On LNG and Natural Gas Resources
On October 16, 2013, the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) released its white paper on energy policy in BC (White Paper). The White Paper provides an overview of BC’s energy development history and highlights the implications of three key shifts which drive the requirement for further policy reform.