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Pacific Agriculture Show 2018

January 31, 2018

Once again Miller Thomson was present at this year’s Pacific Agriculture Show that took place at Tradex in Abbotsford, British Columbia from January 25 to 27, 2018. Miller Thomson lawyers manned the booth for three days reaching out and connecting...


Another Harsh Lesson Learned Under the Farm Debt Mediation Act – This Time by a Landlord: HCI Ventures Ltd. v. S.O.L. Acres (2017 SKQB 264)

January 9, 2018 | David G. Gerecke, Julian Nahachewsky

Introduction In a previous Food Web post entitled Things You May Not Know About the Farm Debt Mediation Act, we discussed several aspects of how the federal Farm Debt Mediation Act (referred to throughout as the “FDMA” or the “Act”)...


Mario Côté inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 FCA 36, leave to appeal to SCC refused, 37526 (November 9, 2017)

December 12, 2017 | Shahdin Farsai, Katherine Barbacki

The Plaintiff Mario Coté inc. (“MCI”), a trucking company specializing in the transport of farmed pigs in Quebec, applied to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal (CART) for review of 12 Notices of Violation and administrative penalties issued under the Health...


The Act to Implement CETA Comes Into Force and Extends Protection to Additional Geographical Indications

October 17, 2017 | Alexandre Ajami

Most of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act (“CETA Implementation Act”) came into force on September 21, 2017. Among other things, this Act expands protection for geographical indications (GIs) and is of interest for anyone involved...


Farm Succession Planning: Can Unpaid Farm Work Give Children an Interest in the Family Farm?

September 29, 2017 | Brian P. Kaliel

The answer to this question is likely “no” in most provinces except where the farm chores amount to “exploitation”, or a provincial statute varies general common law rules. A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision, McDonald v. McDonald, 2017...


Event Announcement – Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

September 11, 2017

CANADA’S OUTDOOR FARM SHOW – September 12, 13 & 14, 2017 (Woodstock, Ontario) Miller Thomson LLP is again looking forward to being a part of the 24th annual Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Please come by our booth to say hello or...


What Would Yoda Say? Absolute Liability for Undue Animal Suffering During Transport

May 9, 2017 | Brian P. Kaliel

The Courts have observed that Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations, which are enforced by the CFIA, may sometimes operate in “draconian ways”.  Everyone involved in the transportation of livestock is at risk of being penalized if animals are injured or...


Restricted Farm Losses: The Plight of the Part-Time Farmer

May 4, 2017 | Robert Graham

Introduction Not just anyone can become a farmer; yet many Canadians aspire to transfer from their existing occupation into farming. The challenge with said aspiration is that starting up a farm business is difficult, and though the federal government provides...


Update on CFIA Food Labelling Modernization Initiative

March 9, 2017 | Kelly Harris

Launched in June 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative has been an ongoing project to overhaul food labelling in Canada. The foundation of these changes is the 2012 Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA)...


Visit us at the Pacific Agriculture show!

January 12, 2017 | David Woolford

Miller Thomson’s Agribusiness Group will be at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford from January 26-28, 2017. ( We have two 3 Day VIP passes to give away to this event.  Please contact Wendy Baker at if you are...


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