Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries
Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association…View the post titled Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries
Unions utilizing creative organizing strategies in the service sector
Employers should take note – Unions are using ever more creative means to engage potential members, especially in sectors with low rates of unionization. For example, the United Steelworkers are helping temporary foreign workers employed by a Tim Horton’s franchise in British Columbia …View the post titled Unions utilizing creative organizing strategies in the service sector
First Annual Jordan’s Run The Runway
Siskinds and the YMCA of Western Ontario (YMCAWO) have teamed up for the first annual Jordan’s Run the Runway 5k Race, that will take place September 12th, 2014. The uniqueness of this race is something that Londoners have never seen before. Participants will begin their run or walk at the D…View the post titled First Annual Jordan’s Run The Runway
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…View 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…View 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…View 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 …View 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…View 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…View 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…View the post titled Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources
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