BCCA Affirms Order Requiring Google to Render Domains Unsearchable

Last Thursday, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia issued an important decision in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc. about the power of a domestic court to make orders against non-party, internet “intermediaries” – in this case, search engine provider Google. The matter involved an order made to help a network hardware manufacturer enforce…

Proposed Class Action Dismissed: OLRB has Exclusive Jurisdiction

On May 9, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed a proposed class action brought by unionized employees who alleged that they were constructively or wrongfully dismissed following a plant closure by their employer, Navistar. Collective agreements had expired two years prior to the plant closure. The Court held that the continuation of the collective bargaining…

Jurisdiction of an Arbitrator to Examine Procedures Issued by the Chief of Police

In two recent decisions involving the Toronto Police Services Board (“TPSB”) and the Toronto Police Association (“TPA”), Arbitrator Paula Knopf held that she lacked jurisdiction to hear grievances that challenged certain Procedures issued by the Chief of Police. In both cases, the TPSB raised successful preliminary objections and argued that the arbitrator lacked jurisdiction as…

Human Rights Tribunal is not a Judicial Review Body

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a significant decision limiting the jurisdiction of a human rights tribunal to consider matters that have already been dealt with in another proceeding. In British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Figliola, the Supreme Court considered whether the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a matter that…