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Published on: 25 Apr 2018 By

Combined EPA/OHSA Fine of $5.3 Million Upheld

The explosions that occurred at a propane facility in Toronto in 2008 are difficult to forget. The explosions resulted in the catastrophic death of a worker, damage to surrounding homes and an area wide evacuation. On appeal an Ontario judge upheld a combined EPA and OHSA fine in the amount …

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Published on: 24 Apr 2018 By

Competing Class Actions: The Unsettled Law of Carriage Motions

Class counsel trying to predict the outcome of a carriage motion has little to learn from two recent decisions by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Carriage motions are unique to class actions.  They arise when multiple class actions are filed for what is essentially the same case and c…

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Published on: 23 Apr 2018 By

People, Planet, Profit: Corporate Social Responsibility in an Environmentally Conscious Marketplace

While not a new concept, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a driving force in today’s marketplace, influencing the way business is conducted in virtually every industry. Modern businesses are encouraged, by both laws and industry, to engage in practices that extend beyond the …

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Published on: 18 Apr 2018 By

Bill 21: Seeking to Make Fossil Fuel Producers Strictly Liable for Climate Harms in Ontario

Ontario NDP MPP Peter Tabuns has introduced a private bill that seeks to establish statute-based civil liability for climate change against certain private actors. Bill 21 would enact the “Liability for Climate-Related Harms Act, 2018” (the “Act”), making fossil fuel producers strictly liabl…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2018 By

Paula Lombardi to Speak at OBA Professional Development Program

On Thursday, May 3 at 8:30am, join Paula Lombardi, environmental lawyer at Siskinds, for a professional development session at DoubleTree by Hilton London Ontario, led by the Ontario Bar Association. Paula will be leading a discussion on the topic, Environmental Contamination for the Transac…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2018 By

Paula Lombardi to Speak at OBA Professional Development Program

On Thursday, May 3 at 8:30am, join Paula Lombardi, environmental lawyer at Siskinds, for a professional development session at DoubleTree by Hilton London Ontario, led by the Ontario Bar Association. Paula will be leading a discussion on the topic, Environmental Contamination for the Transac…

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Published on: 10 Apr 2018 By

‘Predator’ Spouse, Take Note of Hunt v. Worrod

Predatory marriages have drawn a lot of attention in recent years. They are believed to be on the rise. For families with single, elderly family members, this phenomenon is alarming. For Ontario’s estate litigators, the governing legal principles are infuriating. Too often in the past, the p…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2018 By

New Hope for Brain Injuries: Pituitary Gland Testing

At a medical conference I attended a few years ago, I recall one of the guest speakers said the only cure for a brain injury is avoidance.  He of course was referring to the school of thought that for the most part, neurons don’t recover after a brain injury.  While that may be open to debat…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2018 By

Reform of the Federal Environmental Assessment Regime Under Bill C-69: Many Faces of Critique

Bill C-69, the federal government’s proposal for changing the current environmental assessment regime, is currently at first reading. The Bill proposes to reconfigure the way that potential environmental impacts of a project are evaluated in advance of its approval. The proposed changes are …

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