Crowdfunding to defend anti-fracking bylaw
The tiny Québec village of Ristigouche-Sud-Est, population 168, is crowdfunding to pay for the defence of its anti-fracking by-law, intended to protect municipal drinking water. Ristigouche is reportedly one of more than 70 Québec municipalities that have adopted anti-fracking bylaws to prot…View the post titled Crowdfunding to defend anti-fracking bylaw
The Trillium Drug Program: Managing the Cost of Prescription Drugs
Serious financial issues arise out of serious injuries. Difficulties with income, money management, cost of care, and cost of medication, go hand in hand with serious injury, and an inability to work. In many instances Siskinds LLP represents individuals who have been seriously injured in an…View the post titled The Trillium Drug Program: Managing the Cost of Prescription Drugs
Privacy Commissioner: must disclose sources of fill
The Township of Scugog refused to disclose the sources of the fill it had purchased, on the basis that this was confidential third party information, exempted from disclosure under section 10(1) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In Township of Scugog (Re)…View the post titled Privacy Commissioner: must disclose sources of fill
New Human Rights Commission Policy on Mental Health and Addiction
I recently sat in on a presentation by a large benefits administrator, which focused on the top 5 categories of medical conditions resulting in disability claims. For both short and long term absences, at or near the top of that list are mental health issues. Mental health issues are often t…View the post titled New Human Rights Commission Policy on Mental Health and Addiction
Impact of Tim Hortons’ deal on franchisees remains to be seen
Siskinds partner Peter Dillon wrote an article for Advocatedaily.com regarding the recently proposed Burger King – Tim Horton’s transaction and the potential impact it could have on franchisees.Full article, published on AdvocateDaily below. We’ve all heard the axioms that “nothi…View the post titled Impact of Tim Hortons’ deal on franchisees remains to be seen
Innovative illustration of the climate change consensus
In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” Skeptical Science, a website dedicating to explaining “wha…View the post titled Innovative illustration of the climate change consensus
Convictions for not reporting natural gas?
Just as we predicted after R. v. Castonguay, the Ministry of the Environment is aggressively prosecuting in new areas of the economy, for not reporting events that are far from conventional “pollution”. This time, it was a natural gas leak. Three Ontario companies were fined $17,…View the post titled Convictions for not reporting natural gas?
Municipal Anti-Wind By-Laws Inoperative
Another Ontario municipality’s attempts to block wind energy development have been thrown out by the courts. Municipalities cannot use anti-wind by-laws to frustrate Renewable Energy Approvals (REA), under the Green Energy Act, S.O. 2009, c. 12 (“Green Energy Act”).View the post titled Municipal Anti-Wind By-Laws Inoperative
New Class Action – Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Siskinds LLP has filed a class action against Bayer and Syngenta regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and their impact on the bee population.For more details, please visit the Neonicotinoid Class Action page.View the post titled New Class Action – Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Should Energy Board consider climate before approving pipelines?
Can, and should, the National Energy Board consider climate impacts before approving oil pipelines? The federal government says no, objectors say yes. Now the courts must decide.View the post titled Should Energy Board consider climate before approving pipelines?
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