LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 20: The controversial bill proposing to give extensive new employment benefits and leave rights to employees (Bill 176) would expand current Labour Standards Act protections against psychological harassment by:
- Clarifying that verbal comments, actions or gestures of a sexual nature count as psychological harassment
- Requiring employers to adopt and distribute a policy for preventing psychological harassment and procedure for filing, investigating and responding to complaints
- Notify CNESST of psychological harassment complaints received without delay.
April 26: Québec has decided to spit in the eye of the federal government by banning home-grown cultivation of cannabis. In addition to being out of step with Ottawa legalization policy, the decision may encroach upon the constitutional powers of the federal government. Stay tuned.
April 9: New salmon fishing conservation rules take effect starting in the 2018 fishing season:
- Maximum salmon fisherman can take and keep reduced from 7 to 4
- One-day short-term fishing licence replaced with 3-day permit
- Residents under age 18 can fish without a licence if they have a “budding fishing” or “fishing certificate.”