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
Drought: Water restrictions reach oilsands
Unprecedented water use restrictions, due to widespread and extreme drought, are in force in western parts of the US and Canada.California is in its worst drought on record. Widespread water shortages have prompted state governor Jerry Brown to proclaim a State of Emergency and issue an exec…View the post titled Drought: Water restrictions reach oilsands
The right choice: Emily Foreman
“I knew when I met Emily Foreman I had made the right choice: One, in pursuing legal action and two, in choosing Emily to represent myself in my case. She is extremely smart and acted in my best interest throughout the course of my litigation. She was always organized and available whe…View the post titled The right choice: Emily Foreman
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