Skip to content

The City of Toronto Public Employees Strike

For some three weeks, public sector employees of the City of Toronto have been engaged in a lawful strike. The absence of garbage removal has understandably received the most attention. City workers have picketed at the entrance of transfer stations, at times interfering with access to those dump sites. This raises the question as to

The Duty of Fair Representation

It is not uncommon for Union members to feel aggrieved with the conduct of their Union. This can be especially true when a grievance stemming from a termination of employment is settled or withdrawn by the Union over the objection of the employee. Collective agreements almost invariably provide that the Union has the exclusive right

The Pickton Appeal

The British Columbia Court of Appeal today released its decision on the appeal of Robert Pickton’s conviction in the gruesome mass murder case involving six women. At trial, the Crown Attorney had argued strenuously that Pickton was solely responsible for the murders, but after six days of deliberations the jury asked the judge to answer

Money Laundering

There is an interesting decision reported in the most recent edition of the Ontario Reports, a weekly journal with important decisions from Ontario Courts. The case involved a conviction for money laundering by a lawyer and an appeal of the conviction and three year sentence. The lawyer, Simon Rosenfeld, was caught red handed when he

Overtime Pay and Class Actions

There was much publicity a few years ago when claims began surfacing of unpaid overtime at Canada’s chartered banks. The spectre of a limitless number of claims made for interesting reading. On June 18, 2009, Justice Joan Lax of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice had occasion to consider the desirability of a class action