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Publishing your commercial lease — Protection for everyone

This article first appeared in French in the April 2022 issue of the Journal des Parcs industriels of the Corporation des parcs industriels du Québec (the Quebec Industrial Parks Corporation).

For many companies, commercial leases are important contracts that often represent a significant portion of their fixed costs. Quebec’s legislative system provides commercial tenants with an indispensable tool to ensure the survival of a lease despite a change in ownership of the building: the publication of the commercial lease.

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Does the academic freedom bill add value?

In 2020, controversy arose over two uses of the “N-word” in an academic context: a lecturer at Concordia University quoted the title of a book by Vallières that included the word, and a University of Ottawa professor cited the word as an example of subversive reappropriation. After the University of Ottawa professor was suspended and then reinstated, over five hundred university and CEGEP professors signed an open letter denouncing what they saw as an attack on academic freedom.

The Quebec government responded by forming a scientific and technical commission to address the issue of academic freedom. The recommendations of this commission led to Bill 32, An Act respecting academic freedom in the university sector, which was tabled on April 6, 2022, by Danielle McCann, the Minister of Higher Education.

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Exclusion of international publicity contests from the jurisdiction of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux

Companies holding international publicity contests (which includes promotional contests and sweepstakes) have made a habit of limiting the eligibility of Quebec residents. This approach was attributable to the administrative formalities and fees imposed by the Quebec government. To promote the inclusion of Quebec residents in international publicity contests, the Quebec government passed an amendment to the Act respecting lotteries, publicity contests and amusement machines (the “Act”). The amendment, which came into force on June 2, 2021, exempts international publicity contests from the regime imposed by the Act, including the formalities and fees required by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “RACJ”).

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Occupational health and safety: preparing for the interim regime

A key date will be April 6, 2022, which will mark the implementation of an interim regime for prevention and worker participation mechanisms. By this date, significant changes will have to be made by a multitude of employers from sectors of activity that were previously exempt from these obligations. This article presents an overview of the most important elements to consider and implement before April 6, 2022.

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