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

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

Winter is here – snowmobilers rejoice! But do you know the road rules for this type of vehicle?   Where can you ride? Riding a snowmobile on a public road is generally not allowed. There is a network of specially-maintained trails in Quebec where snowmobilers can safely practice their sport. Snowmobiling clubs maintain these trails. Usually, you must pay to use these trails. Visit the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs website for more... 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

  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

On this International Volunteer Day, Éducaloi salutes the volunteer legal professionals who make our high school workshop program possible!   Éducaloi’s volunteers run free introductory workshops in classrooms in English or French. This school year alone, over 200 volunteers gave nearly 14,000 high school students across Quebec a chance to learn about the law. Enthusiasm for our program continues! Over 250 teachers have asked for workshops... Read more

  Éducaloi recently met with members of Ukraine’s legal community as part of the Canadian-Ukrainian project “Support to Judicial Reform.”   Éducaloi shares its expertise Denis Jacques, judge of the Quebec Superior Court, and Francis Barragan, Éducaloi’s Corporate Strategy Advisor, spoke about Éducaloi’s activities and legal plain language expertise.   A Ukrainian Éducaloi? The stakes are high for Ukraine: restoring citizens’ confidence in the... Read more