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Did You Know That Anxiety Could Soon Be Recognized as an Occupational Illness?

Quebec’s Minister of Labour, Mr. Jean Boulet, recently announced his intention to launch a wide-ranging workshop aimed at the modernization of the entirety of the province’s occupational health and safety regime.

Beginning this fall, numerous aspects of Quebec’s laws on prevention and indemnification of workers will be overhauled. This is promising news, as several processes, particularly for challenging decisions of the CNESST, the government insurer for Quebec workers and employers, are cumbersome and definitely in need of revision.

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In the Name of Transparency: The Modernization of the Canada Elections Act

This past year has marked a peak in interest and scrutiny into the well-being of the democratic process around the world, with a particular focus on online activities and messages. In this context and with the October 2019 general election in sight, the Canadian Government sped the Elections Modernization Act (also known as Bill C-76) through parliament. This overhauled version of the Canada Elections Act, which came fully into force on June 13, 2019, created a wide range of new obligations, affecting both online and offline activities and communications.

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Bill 29: Overview of Proposed Amendments to the Professional Code

On June 5, the Minister of Justice and minister responsible for the application of legislation concerning professionals, Sonia LeBel, tabled in the National Assembly Bill 29, entitled An Act to amend the Professional Code and other provisions in the oral health and the applied sciences sectors.

The bill is aimed at modernizing several aspects of the professional system.

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New Court of Appeal Construction Law Judgment: Is Learning of the Conclusions of the Plaintiff’s Expert’s Report the New Starting Point of the Prescription Period?

In its June 2019 decision in Lacour v. Construction D.M. Turcotte T.R.O. Inc., the Quebec Court of Appeal appears to have revised the state of the law on prescription (limitation of actions) by deciding that in the case of a latent defect that manifests itself gradually over time, the property owner can wait several years before commissioning an expert’s report, and only upon learning the report’s conclusions does the three-year prescription period begin to run. In other words, the starting point for extinctive prescription of a right of action for a contractual fault is the moment when the property owner receives the expert’s report.

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Half-Baked: Edibles, Beverages and New Cannabis Products to Be Legalized and Regulated in 2019

On June 14, 2019, Health Canada released the final regulations (the “Regulations”) that will govern the production and sale of additional classes of cannabis products including edibles, beverages, concentrates and cannabis infused topical creams and lotions.

Deloitte published a report earlier this month which valued the market for these new forms of cannabis products at $2.7 billion annually. Consequently, industry actors now have clear guidelines for how to develop new lines of products that will comply with Health Canada’s strict regulatory regime.

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Modifications to the Canada Labour Code: Overview of the Amendments on Harassment and Violence in the Workplace

After several drafts, the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) has undergone a number of amendments, reflecting in particular the Federal Legislature’s intention to eradicate harassment and violence in the workplace, promote improved work-family balance, and protect workers in precarious situations.

This article is dedicated to outlining the recent amendments to the provisions of the Code on harassment and violence in the workplace effected by Bill C-65 (the “Bill”). In an upcoming article, we will elaborate on the changes to the minimum labour standards provided for in the Code.

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