Breach of Environmental Order Lands Director in Jail
The company was ordered to pay restitution, plus a $120,000 fine. It didn't pay...The officer/director was personally fined $5,000 and sentenced to five days in jail.View the post titled Breach of Environmental Order Lands Director in Jail
Terminating an Employee without Checking Their HR File First Can Have Serious Consequences for Employers
Sometimes the need arises to end an employment relationship quickly. However, it’s vitally important to ensure that you check the employee’s human resources file for potential human rights considerations before making any decisions, as confirmed by a recent decision by the Human Rights Tribu…View the post titled Terminating an Employee without Checking Their HR File First Can Have Serious Consequences for Employers
Directors of real estate agent liable for contaminated site?
How far can no-fault liability for contaminated sites go? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has issued a cleanup order to (among others) the accountant who held a power of attorney to sell a contaminated site for an overseas client, and the directors of a real estate com…View the post titled Directors of real estate agent liable for contaminated site?
Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade
Today, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario is finally going ahead to implement a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, in cooperation with Quebec and perhaps California. Ontario originally promised to join Quebec, California and others in the Western Climate Initiative in 2008, but has…View the post titled Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade
Expert Evidence at the Environmental Review Tribunal
Dianne Saxe spoke last week at the Ontario Bar Association seminar on Using Environmental Experts Effectively at the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. Here is a copy of her presentation: Experts at Environmental Review Tribunal. In theory, expert evidence at the Tribunal is governed by …View the post titled Expert Evidence at the Environmental Review Tribunal
Retrial: lower fines for environmental consultant
In 2011, we wrote about the record $161,000 in fines imposed upon an environmental consultant and his company. In addition, $40,500 in fines were imposed on their clients, Mr. James Sinclair and his company Sinclair Landing, owner of a contaminated site. Following an appeal and retrial, the …View the post titled Retrial: lower fines for environmental consultant
How well do you understand the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000?
Applying the latest changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) to real-life situations can be complex, even for Employment Standards Officers! A recent blog post by Chris Sinal (New Amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 May Require Employers to Find Themselves Guilty of…View the post titled How well do you understand the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000?
Why so many environmental sample results are misleading
A knowledgeable reader writes: “Dear Diane, …Reading through the various “Environmental Law and Litigation” articles excellently written by your staff, I’m increasingly frustrated by the universal failure throughout the industry to recognize a very serious flaw …View the post titled Why so many environmental sample results are misleading
Wind appeals starting to settle?
Now that the Divisional Court has upheld Ontario’s renewable energy approval process, and the decisions of the Environmental Review Tribunal on concerns about adverse health effects, wind appeals are starting to settle. The Tribunal has heard appeal after appeal against renewable energ…View the post titled Wind appeals starting to settle?
Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations
The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in th…View the post titled Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations
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