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Northern Gateway: A pipeline battle that’s only just begun

Tom Isaac, Partner, Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal, comments on Enbridge’s  Northern Gateway pipeline project and the ongoing challenges facing Canada’s federal cabinet, Aboriginal communities, First Nations claims and environmental groups.  

May 31, 2014

Opt-outs face hurdle to opt in, court rules

“The decision shows that there are clear limits on the courts’ generosity to class members and that these limits are being exercised rationally,” said Laura Fric, Partner, Litigation, in an article published on May 28, 2014 by the Legal Post, National Post.   

May 28, 2014

CASL’s computer software installation laws could shake up tech industry

Michael Fekete discusses the potential impact of CASL on the tech industry, saying, “When you look at how these rules have an impact on so many different types of software installations, that weren’t contemplated when the legislation was drafted, you [think], what are we getting ourselves into?”  

May 22, 2014

Ottawa defiant as UN deals blow to Gateway pipeline

Thomas Isaac, Partner, Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal, is quoted in the May 13, 2014 Report on Business, The Globe and Mail, saying “Canadian courts have required governments to consult and accommodate aboriginal communities where their traditional lands are affected, but has not required their consent.” 

May 13, 2014

Brian M. Levitt recognized at the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal

Congratulations to Brian M. Levitt, non-executive Co-Chair of the firm, on being recognized by the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal with the Arts-Business Personality award. The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal, an initiative of the Board of Trade and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, recognize the contribution of businesses and individuals to Montréal cultural organizations. 

May 12, 2014

League Tables: New class of preferred shares fire up legal offerings

Osler ranks prominently in a number of league tables covering the first quarter of 2014. 

May 7, 2014

Auditor General’s Report

Jana Steele comments on the auditor general’s report on public sector pension plans, and says, “They’re probably looking at conversion to [defined-contribution] or other more sustainable plan design options such as shared risk as implemented in New Brunswick. I’m assuming those are the types of things they would have been looking at on the plan design front.” 

May 6, 2014

Shared risk pension plans pique employers’ interest

Target benefit plans (TBPs)—pension arrangements where the risk is shared between the employer and employees—are attracting more and more attention. But despite this model’s appeal, a number of pension plan sponsors have concerns about the technical details associated with moving to a TBP structure. 

May 6, 2014

Get your renovation details in a contract

As quoted in, Roger Gillott answers the question “I’m about to do a major renovation in my home. What kind of paperwork do I need?” 

May 2, 2014

Bankers' opinions on deals are not always fair: judge

Jeremy Fraiberg talks to The Globe and Mail about a Toronto court ruling that one “fairness opinion” was inadmissible in court. He said that it was too early to tell the effect of  the justice’s ruling or to predict whether other courts will raise similar concerns about fairness opinions. 

May 1, 2014