Franchising in the Cannabis Sector

In the wake of Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and Ontario’s release of the licensing schemes for private cannabis sale, a number of cannabis companies have organized franchise systems to capitalize on this new market. As a result, potential franchisees and franchisors are seeking answers to a variety of questions with respect to cannabis […]

Cannabis Licences in Canada

Under the Cannabis Act (Canada) and its Regulations, an individual or a corporation who wishes to conduct certain activities with cannabis, such as growing cannabis, manufacturing cannabis products, selling cannabis for medical purposes, researching with cannabis, conducting analytical testing with cannabis, and producing and distributing cannabis pharmaceuticals, must first obtain a licence issued by Health […]

Opening and Operating a Cannabis Retail Store

After a gradual initial rollout, the Ontario government is now aiming to approve dozens of cannabis retail stores each week, with the goal of approving 1,000 stores across the province by the fall of 2021. This blog summarizes the main requirements for opening and operating a cannabis retail store in Ontario. Retail cannabis stores in […]

Recent Case Law Developments for Multi-Parent Families

A recent case in British Columbia involved a third person seeking an order permitting her to be added to a child’s birth certificate. In both BC and Ontario there are provisions in the legislation governing parentage that permit more than two parents to be named on a child’s birth certificate, but the situations in which that […]

New Restrictions Under Extended Stay-At-Home Order

On April 16, 2021, Premier Doug Ford announced that the current provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order will be extended for an additional two weeks (until at least May 20, 2021), and effective April 17, 2021 at 12:01am, the following additional province-wide changes and restrictions are in place for the duration of the […]

Severing the Divorce

Typically, family law matters in litigation will include a claim for divorce, as well as a claim for issues arising from the separation such as parenting claims or support claims. Those sorts of claims are referred to as “corollary issues” and those claims can be made pursuant to the Divorce Act, in which case they […]

Restrictions on Businesses During the Third State of Emergency (updated May 13, 2021)

On May 13, 2021, Premier Doug Ford announced that the third state of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order will remain in effect until at least June 2, 2021.  Every Ontarian must remain home, except for essential purposes, such as attending grocery stores or pharmacies, accessing health care services, exercising outdoors or for work that cannot […]

April Emergency Break Restrictions

In response to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases and intensive care admissions reaching a record high, premier Doug Ford announced that the Ontario government will implement a 28-day “emergency break” across the province, effective at 12:01am on April 3, 2021. During the “emergency break”, some non-essential services will be required to close, including indoor […]