National Conservation Plan, instead of regulation?
On June 26, 2014, the Harper Government “celebrated” the launch of the National Conservation Plan. The Plan would invest $252 million over five years in “securing ecologically sensitive lands,” “supporting conservation efforts,” wetlands restoration, and “to encourage Canadians to connect wi…Continue reading the post titled National Conservation Plan, instead of regulation?
Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
Congratulations to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper for their innovative application to the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to force Toronto to give public notice when it bypasses sewage into Lake Ontario due to wet weather- about three times a month. The Environmental Bill of Rights allows anyo…Continue reading the post titled Waterkeepers want notice of sewage bypasses
RDSPs: Who is eligible and what are the benefits?
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is an important tool for Canadians with severe disabilities. These accounts provide long-term financial security for individuals with a severe disability and who qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. This article explains the main benefits of an RDSP a…Continue reading the post titled RDSPs: Who is eligible and what are the benefits?
Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?
We hear that today’s Ontario budget may contain an unwelcome surprise for municipal waste managers: a quiet mid year cut to provincial funding for municipal Household Hazardous Waste programs. The province has been subsidizing these programs since 2010, when it ignominiously cancelled …Continue reading the post titled Ontario to slash funds for household hazardous waste?
A Case Study in the Protection of Class Members’ Rights: Forthcoming Compensation for Residential Schools Survivors
In Canada, class actions are supervised closely by the courts, which are obligated to protect the rights of absent class members. Accordingly, all of the major steps in class actions litigation require court approval. If there are questions about the conduct of a class action, affected parti…Continue reading the post titled A Case Study in the Protection of Class Members’ Rights: Forthcoming Compensation for Residential Schools Survivors
$2.5 Million Canadian Payroll Triggers ESA Severance Obligation
Until recently, I was confident that an Ontario employer would not owe severance pay under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), unless it met the $2.5 million Ontario payroll test. I am no longer so sure, following a surprising decision of Justice Kane of the Ontario Superior Cour…Continue reading the post titled $2.5 Million Canadian Payroll Triggers ESA Severance Obligation
Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources
Local air pollution from small sources like autobody shops and corner laundries cause the deaths of at least 120 city residents each year, according to the Toronto Star citing a Toronto Public Health study called ChemTRAC. ChemTRAC is a program implemented by the City of Toronto under its E…Continue reading the post titled Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources
When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal
The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal, holding that evidence to substantiate claims of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life” must be site-specific, species-specific, and quantifiable. The Tribunal released its decision in Bain v. Director, Mi…Continue reading the post titled When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal
Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes
The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted a request to have expert witnesses testify via telephone conference call when the appellants argued that it would be too costly to have them attend in person, and that videoconferencing was also costly, as well as prone to technological failure. …Continue reading the post titled Experts permitted to testify via telephone… sometimes
Be careful how you treat employees after advising that a fixed term contract will not be renewed
A recent Alberta decision may make employers reconsider how they give notice that a fixed term employment contract will not be renewed. Geoffrey Thompson was hired as the Regional President, Calgary of Cardel Homes Limited Partnership pursuant to a fixed term contract of 2 years from Septemb…Continue reading the post titled Be careful how you treat employees after advising that a fixed term contract will not be renewed
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