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27 Nov 2018 By

2018 Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Annual Report

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (“ECO”) released her office’s 2018 Annual Report, titled, “Back to Basics: Respecting the Public’s Voice on the Environment” on November 13, 2018.[1] The Report is published in four volumes, spanning 339 pages. Volume 1 reports on government ministri…

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22 Nov 2018 By

Government “Eco Fees” on New Tires Eliminated

If you recently purchased winter tires in Ontario you may have noticed that the government “eco-fees” charged on the purchase of new tires was eliminated as of October 1, 2018. The fee, which was approximately $3.30 per tire for passenger and luck trucks was levied by the government to suppo…

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20 Nov 2018 By

Federal Court Scheduled to Hear Application for Judicial Review in David Suzuki Foundation et al v. Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health et al.

This week, the Federal Court of Canada is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of David Suzuki Foundation et al v. Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health et al, T-1071-16 (“Suzuki Foundation”). Suzuki Foundation is an application for judicial review brought by the David Suzuk…

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20 Nov 2018 By

TELUS v. Wellman – Siskinds lawyers represent consumer association in the Supreme Court of Canada

On November 6, Siskinds represented the Intervener Consumers’ Association of Canada (“CAC”) in the Supreme Court’s hearing of TELUS v. Wellman. The Court’s decision could have major implications on Canadians’ access to the civil justice system. The Wellman appeal arose from a certified class…

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19 Nov 2018 By

The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Car crashes often cause serious injuries, which can be long term and require substantial treatment. Some accident victims unfortunately become disabled as a result of their injuries. In addition to what might be available through private benefits or through an automobile insurance policy, an…

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15 Nov 2018 By

Environmental Bill of Rights “Leave to Appeal” Test Remains a Significant Hurdle to ECA Appeals

The Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT” or “Tribunal”) released a decision in Freshway Investments Inc. v. Ontario (MECP) on November 5, 2018 denying an application for leave to appeal an Environmental Compliance Approval (“ECA”) for a Waste Disposal Site in York Region, Ontario (the “Site”…

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14 Nov 2018 By

Bill 47 – Amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995

The legislation governing unionized workplaces in Ontario, the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”) will be amended by the Ontario government if the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (“Bill 47”) passes in its current form.  Expected changes will include the following: Repeal of Un…

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