Litigation Perils: Winning the battle, but losing the war!
Litigation is expensive, time-consuming, unpleasant and risky for everyone involved. Outcomes are hard to predict, as too are the fees and time that parties will spend either pursuing or defending a claim. Let’s not even talk about the potential reputational damage if litigation becomes publ…Continue reading the post titled Litigation Perils: Winning the battle, but losing the war!
RDSPs: working with Henson Trusts
Prior to the introduction of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) in 2008, the most prudent financial planning tool for parents with a child suffering from prolonged and severe disabilities was the Henson trust. RDSPs have not made the Henson trust obsolete; it can be used jointly w…Continue reading the post titled RDSPs: working with Henson Trusts
More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay
In 2011, we wrote about the innovative stormwater fee adopted by Kitchener, Ontario, following English and American precedents. Instead of funding storm water management through fees for municipal water, which penalizes heavy water users such as laundries, these municipalities fund the cost…Continue reading the post titled More cities adopting stormwater fees: you pave, you pay
Gas Station Minimum $25,000 Fine Under Federal CEPA
A gas station operating on a First Nations Reserve in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan was ordered to pay $25,000 for failing to comply with Environment Canada enforcement orders. Blackhawk’s Gas, owned by a numbered company, had failed to take specific measures relating to sections of the Storage Ta…Continue reading the post titled Gas Station Minimum $25,000 Fine Under Federal CEPA
Hazardous waste carrier fined $120,000 + $30,000 VFS
Buckham Transport Limited, a registered carrier of hazardous waste, was recently fined $120,000 following a guilty plea to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA): Providing false or misleading information to a Provincial Officer; Failing to transport waste to the receivi…Continue reading the post titled Hazardous waste carrier fined $120,000 + $30,000 VFS
Great Lakes Protection Act reintroduced (again)
As promised in Minister Murray’s mandate letter, Ontario’s provincial government has reintroduced the Great Lakes Protection Act. If passed, the Act would: Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, and protect wetlands and other coastal areas. Monitor and report on…Continue reading the post titled Great Lakes Protection Act reintroduced (again)
Ontario Needs Input on Climate Change Policy
Recently the Ontario government released it’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015. The report unveils the province’s current thinking on policy options to address climate change, and asks the public to weigh in on such controversial options as a carbon tax versus other possibilities like a …Continue reading the post titled Ontario Needs Input on Climate Change Policy
Trina experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her son Dylan was struck by a truck. In our new video, Dylan’s Story, Trina talks about how difficult the process of recovery was, and how Siskinds was able to help her get the resources to care for Dylan and prepare for his future.Continue reading the post titled Dylan’s story
Bill 37, Invasive Species, second reading soon?
Will the proposed Invasive Species Bill pass before invasive Asian carp reach the Great Lakes, with devastating effects?Continue reading the post titled Bill 37, Invasive Species, second reading soon?
Another anti-wind appeal dismissed by Tribunal
The Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed yet another anti-wind appeal, in 14-059 GILLESPIE V. MOE. This upholds the renewable energy approval issued to the Goshen Wind Energy Centre, up to 63 wind turbines, with a generation capacity of 102 megawatts, located in Bluewater and …Continue reading the post titled Another anti-wind appeal dismissed by Tribunal