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Ontario Government Announces Pension Funding Relief

Spurred on by the current economic unrest, the Ontario Government announced yesterday that it will introduce legislation in early 2009 to provide pension plans with solvency funding relief. Following on the heels of the release of the Report of the Expert Commission on Pensions, the proposed temporary solvency relief is intended to better ensure the…

Hicks Morley Information & Privacy Post – Fall 2008

We’re nearing the end of 2008 and are happy to present another edition of the Post. There’s been no shortage of significant developments in the law of information and privacy of late, including a rather welcome clarifying judgement from the Alberta Court of Appeal on the law of spoliation. The case, called McDougall, certainly does…

New Framework Proposed for the Regulation of Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans

On October 21, 2008, the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (“CAPSA”) released the Proposed Agreement Respecting Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans (the “Proposed Agreement”), which aims to provide a clearer, more detailed framework for the administration and regulation of pension plans that have members in more than one Canadian jurisdiction (“multi-jurisdictional pension plans”, or “MJPPs”). If…

Hicks Morley Information & Privacy Post – Summer 2008

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! We hope you enjoy this mid-summer edition of the Hicks Morley Information & Privacy Post – our quarterly newsletter about case law developments in privacy, access to information, the protection of confidential business information and the law of production. We’ve had a busy summer for client relations here, having recently launched a…

No Surplus Distribution Required on Partial Termination of Federally-Regulated Pension Plans

In its much anticipated decision in Cousins v. Canada (Attorney General) and Marine Atlantic Inc. (“Marine Atlantic”), the Federal Court of Appeal has concluded that the federal Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985 (the “PBSA”) does not require a proportionate distribution of surplus on a partial termination of a defined benefit (DB) pension plan.  The Federal…

E-Discovery News – Sedona Canada Principles Launched

IN THIS ISSUE: The Context for Change What are the Sedona Canada Principles? The Principles The Sedona Canada Working Group has launched its authoritative guide to electronic discovery in Canada. The Principles should play an important role in advancing electronic discovery practice in Canada. THE CONTEXT FOR CHANGE The increasing cost of litigation and preserving…

Information & Privacy Post – 2007 Year in Review

Dear Friends: We published the first full year of the Post in 2007, and it has been rewarding throughout. If you were a regular reader, thank you. If not, the Hicks Morley Information and Privacy Post is our regular publication on the law of information and privacy. We’ve defined information and privacy in a way…