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Is a Promise to Pass on the Family Farm a Legally Binding Contract?

On May 13, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

Depending on the circumstances, the short answer is “yes”. If mom or dad promises to pass on the family farm to his or her son or daughter in exchange for dedication and years of labour on the farm, it may be deemed a binding and enforceable contract. As a result,…

Report it – activists are breaking the law

On February 20, 2015, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

So-called “investigations” by radical animal rights organizations have been well publicized by major media outlets over the past few years. I am reluctant to use the term “investigation” to describe such activities, however, because it almost lends a degree of legitimacy to the practice. Their activities are illegal and, given…

Brown-baggers beware: Seed Companies Appear Poised to Enforce Plant Breeders’ Rights

On May 13, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

It has been almost four years since we successfully argued at the Federal Court of Appeal to limit the scope of damages available in two post-Schmeiser seed patent cases. While admitting infringement and offering to pay damages, four farmers stood up to Monsanto and proved that they only owed money…

Ontario’s new Provincial Policy Statement will legalize a broad range of on-farm businesses

On April 29, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With 3 Comments

On April 30, 2014, Ontario’s new Provincial Policy Statement [PPS] will come into effect. With it will come countless business opportunities previously prohibited in Agriculture zoned areas. The importance and effect of the PPS is generally underappreciated from a municipal law and land use perspective. It is common to discover…

Re: Ontario Bar Association hosts session on animal law; Ontario Farmer Feb. 25, 2014, p. A7

On March 15, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

I was extremely pleased to see Kristen Kelderman of Farm & Food Care Ontario at the Ontario Bar Association’s annual Animal Law conference; which she wrote about and was published in the February 25, 2014 Ontario Farmer. As pointed out by Ms. Kelderman, the debate presented by the OBA was…