Why Do You Call a Lawyer?
In this entry on Work In Progress Beth Traynor shares an article she read recently that answers the question, “What is it that lawyers sell?”. When clients call me, they sometimes joke that, although I might be personally pleasant to talk to, it’s still a bit like going to the dentist – you …View the post titled Why Do You Call a Lawyer?
Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty
The federal government is continuing its strategy of infrequent environmental prosecutions with large penalties. Last week, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven offences for the illegal export of 250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States over sev…View the post titled Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty
What are uninsured, unidentified and underinsured motorist claims?
I. Third-Party Liability Coverage: Who pays for damages if I am injured, but it is not my fault? In Ontario, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident you may commence a lawsuit against an at-fault driver to compensate for your injuries and losses. Usually, the at-fault driver’s o…View the post titled What are uninsured, unidentified and underinsured motorist claims?
Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries
The Ministry of the Environment has reminded Ontario businesses that toxic substance reduction plan summaries under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and its regulation (O. Reg. 455/09) must be filed through Environment Canada’s Single Window (formerly known as the One Window to National Enviro…View the post titled Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries
Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner
Ashford Cleaners Inc., a Toronto dry cleaner operating in Toronto, Ontario, is one of the first to pay the new, higher fines for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), as it was amended last year. Ashfor Cleaners agreed to pay $60,000 to the Environmenta…View the post titled Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner
Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals
The Ontario Court of Appeal has released its decisions in the Ministry of the Environment’s appeals from Justice Geoffrey Morawetz in Re Nortel and Re Northstar. In both cases, Justice Morawetz rejected MOE attempts to claim priority over secured creditors by ordering insolvent compani…View the post titled Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals
What are the requirements of a legal Will in Ontario?
Siskinds lawyer Laura Geddes writes about what is required in order for a Will to be considered valid. Often people attempt to write their own Will, but if it does not conform to the legal guidelines then it will not be recognized and it may not be possible to follow through on their wishes. Many...View the post titled What are the requirements of a legal Will in Ontario?
Model Sewer Bylaw spreading across Canada
In 2009, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) adopted a national Waste Water Effluents Strategy that recommends/expects municipalities to adopt and implement an updated sewer use bylaw. The text of the recommended CCME Model Sewer Use By-Law is set out in a 2006 repo…View the post titled Model Sewer Bylaw spreading across Canada
What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is giving this critical group a voice in his excellent short film, The way the wind blows. Evidence aro…View the post titled What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has announced another round of consultations on Modernization of Approvals. This time, they say, they will tackle the high stakes problems of surplus soil movements and contaminated sites. See presentation, Brownfields Modernization.View the post titled Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
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