Supreme Court allows Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to sue Chevron Canada
Chevron has lost a skirmish, but the major battles are still aheadView the post titled Supreme Court allows Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to sue Chevron Canada
International Chemicals Management meeting
In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the international community adopted an ambitious target for world wide sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes by 2020: [T]hat chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effe…View the post titled International Chemicals Management meeting
Heavier cyclist-friendly fines now in effect
Starting today, September 1, 2015, drivers–and cyclists–will face stiffer fines for a variety of unsafe behaviours. The “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, which sailed through the legislature with unanimous support in June, seeks to reduce collisions on the roads. Many of the chan…View the post titled Heavier cyclist-friendly fines now in effect
Precautionary principle stronger part of Canadian law
This may be the strongest, most nuanced judicial statement on the precautionary principle in Canada since the Supreme Court of Canada first recognized it in SpraytechView the post titled Precautionary principle stronger part of Canadian law
Should non-human animals have rights?
Who is a “person”? If corporations can be “persons”, why not chimpanzees? Do sentient non-human animals deserve legal rights? The Nonhuman Rights Project is a US civil rights organization working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own…View the post titled Should non-human animals have rights?
The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?
In an worldwide first, the Hague District Court has ordered the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The decision, an English translation of which can be found here, has been widely reported and discussed (inc…View the post titled The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?
Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed
Can the Yukon government simply reject what the First Nations have to say about the exploitation of their traditional territory?View the post titled Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Awards over $150,000 to Former Employees That Suffered Sexual Discrimination
A recent ruling by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has set a new high-water mark for damages awards against employers. Employers that are found to have allowed their employees to suffer from sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the workplace face potentia…View the post titled Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Awards over $150,000 to Former Employees That Suffered Sexual Discrimination
Minimum Wage increasing on October 1, 2015
Employers in Ontario should take note that effective October 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Ontario is increasing. The general minimum wage will increase from $11.00/hour to $11.25/hour. Student minimum wage will increase from $10.30/hour to $10.55/hour. Liquor servers’ minimum wage will incre…View the post titled Minimum Wage increasing on October 1, 2015
Canadian Courts’ Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants in Cases Arising From E-Commerce Relations
With the internet expanding its reach globally, the marketplace participants increasingly turn to it in order to foster their businesses. Manufacturers, distributors, retail stores and service providers take advantage of the internet in order to increase their customer base. Customers, simil…View the post titled Canadian Courts’ Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants in Cases Arising From E-Commerce Relations
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