Peter Bowal

About Peter Bowal

Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Money for Nothing: International Longshore v. Ford

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Introduction Recently, the Government of Alberta clawed back money it had paid to individuals on the basis of mistake.  The government determined that these individuals had been ineligible to receive the money.  This story attracted attention because the government was demanding the return of money from people who had passed away. The story raised the […]

The Evolution of Five Legal Doctrines in the Supreme Court of Canada

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Introduction Legislation is enacted, amended and repealed over time in response to improvements and changes in social currents.  The common law also evolves in the same way as judges pronounce, tweak and elaborate and then occasionally over-rule their previous legal doctrines.  A recent search identified over 500 Supreme Court of Canada decisions that had been […]

Minimum Notice Limitations are Enforceable

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Introduction In Canada, employment is a legal contract.  The collective agreement in unionized workplaces represents the ultimate comprehensive contract between employer and employer.  It sets out the rights and obligations between the parties, including how employment-related disputes are to be resolved. The concept of a contract makes intuitive sense because both employer and employee voluntarily […]

Keystone XL and NAFTA

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No Party may directly or indirectly nationalize or expropriate an investment of an investor of another Party in its territory or take a measure tantamount to nationalization or expropriation of such an investment (“expropriation”), except: (a) for a public purpose; (b) on a non-discriminatory basis; (c) in accordance with due process of law and [Minimum […]

Cumulative Cause.2

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Introduction The constitutional freedom of expression that Canadians enjoy does not extend to private workplaces.  What are employee limits on speaking out against private employers? The last Employment Law column narrated the story of Ms. Kim, a media specialist in the position of Senior Communications Manager employed by the International Triathlon Union (“ITU”).  Kim was […]

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