Excess Soil Management Guidance finalized
The Ministry of the Environment has announced release of the final, Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices is now available on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry and the ministry’s website. You can access the guide here.Continue reading the post titled Excess Soil Management Guidance finalized
Should roadbed slag count as battery recycling?
Waste Diversion Ontario is considering a proposal by Call2Recycle Canada to take over battery recycling from Ontario’s existing Consolidated Municipal Hazardous Solid Waste (CMHSW) diversion program under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. Ontario’s battery recyclers (including our client)…Continue reading the post titled Should roadbed slag count as battery recycling?
Supreme Court: Honest efforts to understand the law are not enough
The Supreme Court of Canada has made compliance with ambiguous regulations tougher than ever, by ruling that honest efforts to understand the law (however confusing) are not enough. In La Souveraine, Compagnie d’assurance générale v. Autorité des marchés financiers, Sovereign General (SG) wa…Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court: Honest efforts to understand the law are not enough
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Guidance on Preferable Procedure and Access to Justice
On December 12, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in AIC Limited v Fischer, 2013 SCC 69, which provides very useful guidance on the preferable procedure requirement for certification, particularly on the meaning of access to justice in the preferability analysis. On Dec…Continue reading the post titled The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Guidance on Preferable Procedure and Access to Justice
Bicycling Law – Past and Future
In “The Rebirth of Bicycling Law“, Professor Christopher Waters provides a fascinating review of the history of bicycling law, dating back to the time when it was called “the law of the wheelman”, as well as a look forward to the future of the “cycling bar”.Continue reading the post titled Bicycling Law – Past and Future
Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law
The farther we move away from the “polluter pay” principle, the greater the disarray in Ontario’s contaminated sites law and policy, and the greater its economic and environmental harm. The Ontario Bar Association is working on a submission to the Law Commission of Ontario,…Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law
Common Law Rights Are Not The Same As Rights Of Married Spouses
There are many misunderstandings about who is a “common law spouse” in Ontario, and what exactly this means. Many people believe that if they are in a common law relationship they have all the same rights that a married spouse has, when in reality they do not. The purpose of this article is …Continue reading the post titled Common Law Rights Are Not The Same As Rights Of Married Spouses
MacQueen class action struck out re Sydney Tar Ponds
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has struck out the groundbreaking class action that had been certified relating to contamination from the Sydney Tar Ponds and the associated steel and coke plants: MacQueen v. Ispat Sidbec Inc. This is another major setback to plaintiffs in contaminated land …Continue reading the post titled MacQueen class action struck out re Sydney Tar Ponds
Proposed Ontario Bill will Impact Unpaid Wages and Temporary Hiring Agencies
Bill 146, entitled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act,” was recently introduced into the Ontario Legislature by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour for the governing Liberal party. Among other minor adjustments, the proposed changes would significantly increase employees’ ability t…Continue reading the post titled Proposed Ontario Bill will Impact Unpaid Wages and Temporary Hiring Agencies
Lawsuits for climate disasters?
Lawsuits against private firms for climate disaster compensation may not be winnable yet, but important groundwork is being laid. In groundbreaking peer-reviewed research, researcher Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute offers the most complete picture to date of which insti…Continue reading the post titled Lawsuits for climate disasters?