As minimum fines get higher, is there a work-around?
As minimum fines on multiple charges lead to increasingly unfair results, defence counsel, and occasionally judges, are looking for ways to reconcile the law with what they consider to be just results. Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal slammed the door shut on two such ideas: cr…View the post titled As minimum fines get higher, is there a work-around?
Failing to Address Workplace Health and Safety Concerns Can be Costly for Employers
Ensuring workplace health and safety is always an important priority for employers, and is even more so now that Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) places obligations on employers with respect to workplace violence and harassment. As a recent case demonstrates, employe…View the post titled Failing to Address Workplace Health and Safety Concerns Can be Costly for Employers
Canada lags US in protecting endangered Sage-Grouse
In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to “communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350 other species need.” The Greater Sage-Grouse website highlights work being done at …View the post titled Canada lags US in protecting endangered Sage-Grouse
Ottawa wins Green Bin arbitration – appeal pending
Following years of conflict, and a long arbitration process, a commercial arbitrator has ruled that Orgaworld Canada must accept leaf and yard waste in the City of Ottawa’s green bin program and dismissed Orgaworld’s claim against the City. The decision is a win for Ottawa taxpay…View the post titled Ottawa wins Green Bin arbitration – appeal pending
Minister receptive to Commissioner's climate report
Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner issued his annual Climate Change report last month, as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister of the Environment and Climate C…View the post titled Minister receptive to Commissioner's climate report
Consent of Minors to Medical Treatment
The basis for the requirement of consent is found in the common law and in legislation in several provinces1 including Ontario. Interestingly, consent and capacity legislation varies among the provinces such that there are differences among the provinces as to the requirements and conditions…View the post titled Consent of Minors to Medical Treatment
More anti-wind power appeals dismissed
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) recently dismissed two more anti-wind power appeals, this time relating to the same project. One of the appeals had a new feature: whether wind turbines interfere with weather forecasting radar. July 9, 2014, Fata v. MOE, ERT Registry Nos.: 13-14…View the post titled More anti-wind power appeals dismissed
Environmental consultant’s negligence claim to proceed
Environmental consultant’s negligence claims for failing to clean up contaminated sites continue to multiply. The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed a professional negligence lawsuit to go ahead against an Ontario environmental consultant, XCG, despite a long delay, which, accord…View the post titled Environmental consultant’s negligence claim to proceed
For Federally-Regulated Employers, Providing Termination and Severance Pay May Limit Liability for “Unjust Dismissal” Under the Canada Labour Code
Ending an employment relationship can be fraught with legal risk for employers. Ending an employment relationship can be fraught with legal risk for employers; this has been especially true for federally-regulated employers subject to the Canada Labour Code, R.S.C., 1985, c. L-2 (the “Code”)…View the post titled For Federally-Regulated Employers, Providing Termination and Severance Pay May Limit Liability for “Unjust Dismissal” Under the Canada Labour Code
Siskinds partner Peter Dillon on BNN’s Business Day PM
Siskinds partner Peter Dillon featured on BNN’s Business Day PM and Advocatedaily.com. Peter discussed the dos and don’ts of modern-day multi-level marketing with BNN’s Business Day PM, and Advocatedaily.com provided a recap of that appearance. See the recap on Advocatedail…View the post titled Siskinds partner Peter Dillon on BNN’s Business Day PM
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