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Hampstead, a town on the island of Montreal, plans to ban smoking in all public places, including on the street! The ban wouldn’t apply to electronic cigarettes. The ban is to take effect in the coming weeks and reminds us of the many ways smoking can be banned.   Quebec law bans smoking in all public places in the province, such as in schools, hospitals, bars and restaurants. It also bans smoking within nine metres of these places. Municipal... Read more

The Quebec Superior Court just permitted a class action to be taken against Bayer and Syngenta. The two companies sell pesticides that might be harmful to bees.   The class action was started in 2014 by beekeeper Steve Martineau on behalf of all beekeepers in Quebec. The culprit is neonicotinoids, a chemical in pesticides said to cause mass deaths of bees. The beekeepers are asking for over four million dollars in compensation. But the class... Read more

If insults go too far, they can have legal consequences.   Right to Dignity and Honour The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms says everyone has the right to equality and to respect for their dignity and honour. When these rights are violated based on a personal characteristic such as race or ethnic origin, there is discrimination. Racist insults are an example. The victim can ask the person who made the insult to compensate for the harm... Read more

Legalizing cannabis takes effect this summer. The rules are still being debated and might change. For now, here are four things to know.   Smoking Smoking cannabis in your home will be legal, but a lease or condo rules might not allow it. Smoking outside will be allowed according to the same rules for smoking tobacco. You won’t be allowed to smoke cannabis in public places, bars, restaurants, children’s playgrounds, sports centres or on... Read more

The Superior Court just permitted a class action be taken against Volkswagen. If successful, every Quebecer could get as much as $35.    Dieselgate Aftermath Dieselgate exploded in 2015 with news that Volkswagen and Audi cars were fixed to fool pollution tests. The AQLPA, an organization against air pollution, started the class action. It claims that anyone living in Quebec between 2009 and 2015 should be compensated for being exposed to this... Read more

Each new year is an opportunity to look back on the past. Each day brings new experiences, new questions about your rights, and you look to Éducaloi for the answers. Housing, family, health . . . here are the most consulted articles in 2017.   10 – Language Laws and Doing Business in Quebec The Charter of the French Language (Charte de la langue française in French) is a Quebec law that makes French the usual language of business in Quebec.   9... Read more

Who is responsible for clearing the stairs? Who is responsible if someone falls and gets hurt?   Owners, clear your doorways and stairs. Make sure your property is safe for visitors. It’s your responsibility to clear the snow and, if necessary, spread sand or salt as soon as possible after a storm. This prevents accidents and lawsuits. Someone who gets hurt falling on an icy staircase can take legal action against you for not keeping the stairs... Read more

  The National Assembly is considering changes to the law on road safety that will apply to all drivers. The proposed changes include curfews for new drivers, winter tires required by December 1, new punishments for drinking and driving, driving distractions and sharing the road. Important! These changes are not yet in force. Before becoming law, the proposed changes must go through a long process. Until then, existing rules continue to apply... Read more