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Published on: 7 Mar 2014 By ,

Towards a New Class Action Certification Costs Framework?

Introduction In a succession of decisions issued in November 2013, Justice Belobaba articulated a new framework for determining the appropriate level of costs to be awarded on class action certification motions.1  Citing the fundamental objective of access to justice, Belobaba J. expressed a…

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Published on: 4 Mar 2014 By

New Ontario Invasive Species law posted for comment

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources is inviting “constructive” comments by by April 14, 2014 on its proposed new Invasive Species Act. The proposed Invasive Species law would make Ontario  the first jurisdiction in Canada with stand-alone invasive species legislation. I…

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Published on: 3 Mar 2014 By

Save monarch butterflies: plant milkweed. Now it will be legal

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is proposing an amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 1096 – General (the Regulation) in order to update the Schedule of Noxious Weeds. This long overdue proposal would remove milkweed spp. (scientific name Asclepias spp.) from the…

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Published on: 27 Feb 2014 By

Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors

Dianne Saxe had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight. It is rarely co…

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Published on: 24 Feb 2014 By

Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada

Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers can try again to enforce a controversial $18 billion environmental damage award against Texaco (now merged with Chevron Corp., one of the world’s largest corporations) in Canada. This is part of a worldwide legal battle between the villagers, seeking to …

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