Better access to environmental information in Alberta
Alberta may not often be perceived as a leader in environmental regulation, but they do some things much better than we do in Ontario. For example, consider access to private reports on environmental contamination that have been filed with the province. In Ontario, these reports can be acces…View the post titled Better access to environmental information in Alberta
Kudos to Environmental Commissioner
Our congratulations to Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner for three more excellent reports: 2012/2013 Annual Report: Serving the Public A Review of Ontario’s Weakened Protections for Species at Risk (Special Report, Nov. 2013) Building Momentum:Annual Energy Conservation Progre…View the post titled Kudos to Environmental Commissioner
Bill 138: Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013
The Ontario government has introduced Bill 138, Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013, to confirm their longstanding decision to end the use of coal at Ontario’s electricity generating facilities and to prohibit new stand-alone coal-fired generating facilities. Coal-fired electricity genera…View the post titled Bill 138: Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2013
Buyer’s Remorse: Cancelling A Consumer Agreement
Buyer’s remorse: that feeling you get the moment you realize you’ve made a purchasing decision that seemed like a good idea at the time, but later seems like a huge mistake. Buyer’s remorse can happen for a number of reasons, and is especially common where you feel pressure to make a decisio…View the post titled Buyer’s Remorse: Cancelling A Consumer Agreement
Public access to approvals documents at Environmental Review Tribunal
Per two of our recent victories at the Environmental Review Tribunal, the public has a limited right of access to approvals documents that are part of an application for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), or are part of the ECA itself, when seeking leave to appeal that ECA. In Briml…View the post titled Public access to approvals documents at Environmental Review Tribunal
More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Ecojustice has settled its bird-killing prosecution against the Menkes Developments (Consilium Place) office complex. As described in a previous post, Ecojustice (as counsel for Ontario Nature) charged Menkes with environmental offences. They proved that these buildings were unusually danger…View the post titled More on killing birds with buildings as an environmental offence
Terminating Employees on Job-Protected Leaves: Can I do it?
I recently blogged about the Expanding World of Job-Protected Leaves. In short, over the course of the last 12 years, new job-protected leaves have been added to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) at an ever-increasing pace. Employers sometimes call me expressing concern about su…View the post titled Terminating Employees on Job-Protected Leaves: Can I do it?
Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
Environmental regulators and tribunals bear substantial responsibilities and make important decisions regarding development in Canada. If they won’t listen to opponents of a project, will they breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The issue has been raised before the cour…View the post titled Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
New Health & Safety Training Obligations
On Christmas Eve 2009 an unfortunate workplace accident took the life of four workers and sparked the Ontario government into action. The Province undertook a review of the existing workplace health and safety training programs. The result has been the implementation of new, mandatory H&…View the post titled New Health & Safety Training Obligations
Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
December 12 is the deadline for submitting comments to the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency about its weak regulation of the bee-killing pesticides, neonicotinoid insecticides. Widespread use of neonicotinoids is strongly linked to deaths of both domestic and wild pollinators, but t…View the post titled Deadline for comments on bee-killing pesticides
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