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Op-Ed by Conway lawyer Ben Grant: Alberta trade challenge — a new opportunity to free the beer

Conway Lawyer, Ben Grant, has authored an opinion column which was published by the Toronto Sun this past weekend, which can be read here. The column, entitled “GRANT: Alberta trade challenge — a new opportunity to free the beer”, provides context on Alberta’s decision to launch a complaint under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement about the policies and practices of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Ben Grant represented…

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Alberta changes beer measures following successful AIT complaint, launches trade challenge against Ontario

On Monday, the Alberta government announced that it will modify its measures relating to craft beer mark-ups to bring them in compliance with Canadian trade law. In October 2015, Alberta government introduced measures which imposed higher mark-ups on beer produced in some provinces than beer produced in Alberta. In August 2016, Alberta government announced that all beer was subject to the same mark-up but in addition, small Alberta brewers were…

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Conway Lawyer Ben Grant to speak to Ontario craft brewers about interprovincial trade issues

On November 7 in Toronto, Conway lawyer Ben Grant will speak at the 2018 Ontario Craft Brewers Conference and Suppliers’ Marketplace on the topic of interprovincial trade barriers. The conference is Canada’s largest craft brewing conference. Ben Grant acted for Artisan Ales in one of the only private complaints under the Agreement on Internal Trade (since replaced with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement).

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First wave of Ontario Court of Appeal rulings on anti-SLAPP legislation

Introduction On August 30, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released six highly-anticipated decisions interpreting Ontario’s anti-SLAPP [Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation] legislation.[i] Section 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act, in force since the fall of 2015, allows a defendant in a proceeding to bring a motion at any time after the proceeding has been commenced to have the action dismissed. This tool is commonly used in defamation cases….

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Dealing with defamatory online business reviews in Ontario

In today’s Internet age, online reviews can have a significant influence on a business’ reputation. Many businesses highlight and build their reputations on their positive reviews and ratings. But, have you considered how you will deal with negative reviews – particularly reviews that are false and may be defamatory? Many websites have policies for removing reviews that are inappropriate. For example, reviews that are off-topic, fake or were written by…

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Don’t Be Surprised – Scrutinize those Contractual Terms and Conditions

Agreements come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are painstakingly negotiated over the course of months, while others consist of the fine print on the back of a scribbled-out quotation. Regardless of form, every business will, at some point, enter a contract-based relationship. Signing on the dotted line, even where the contract appears to have “standard language,” can have significant consequences. This is particularly true as it relates…

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Conway lawyer Ben Grant achieves success in interprovincial beer dispute

An appellate panel has affirmed a determination that Alberta has contravened its obligations under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) in its treatment of craft beer produced in other provinces. Ben Grant of Conway Litigation represented the complainant, Artisan Ales, in the initial proceeding and the appeal. Artisan Ales imports high-quality craft beer from Quebec and around the world for sale in the Alberta market. The complaint stemmed from measures…

Conway Lawyers Successful in Judicial Review Application before the Federal Court

The Federal Court issued a decision yesterday allowing the judicial review application in Heffel Gallery Limited. v. Canada (Attorney General). In the successful judicial review application, Heffel Gallery, a Canadian fine-art auction house, was represented by Conway lawyers, Thomas Conway, Owen Rees, and Julie Mouris. The application concerned a decision by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board to delay the issue of an export permit for a French painting…

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Are Employees Entitled to Paid Time Off to Vote? Election Day Demystified

It’s that time of the provincial democratic cycle – election day. The polls open tomorrow and many employers and employees have the same question: are employees entitled to paid time off to vote? The answer to this question is governed by Ontario’s Election Act. Under the Election Act, official polling hours are from 9:00am to 9:00pm EST (8:00am to 8:00pm CT). During polling hours, employees qualified to vote in Ontario’s…

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Ontario Court of Appeal Shows Practicality in Assessing Imperfect Expert Evidence

By David K. Wilson and Benjamin L. Grant The Court of Appeal has affirmed a high-profile trial decision despite bias concerns relating to evidence led by a key expert witness. The practical approach adopted by the Court of Appeal offers real-world lessons for future cases. Christy Natsis, an Ottawa-area dentist, was convicted of impaired driving causing death after a fatal head-on collision in 2011 near Arnprior, Ontario. She received a…