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Published on: 31 May 2013 By

Beyond Branco: A Comparison Of Recent Decisions On Insurers’ Bad Faith And Punitive Damages

The recent decision Branco v American Home Assurance Company received a lot of attention for the high damages awarded against an insurer for acting in bad faith. Branco was just one of a series of cases dealing with bad faith damages in Canada over the last year. In this article, Siskinds lo…

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Published on: 30 May 2013 By

Tattoos and Trustworthiness – Discrimination for Decoration?

Do you have tattoos?  Do you trust professionals with tattoos? Fashion is constantly changing and more and more people have tattoos and are displaying them in the workplace. In her latest blog post Beth Traynor looks at a 2012 Labour Arbitration decision on whether or not a hospital could ba…

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Published on: 28 May 2013 By

Enforcement leads to nature reserve land swap

A cabin owner illegally built a cabin within a conservation reserve. The owner was charged. As part of plea negotiations, the cabin owner proposes a substantial land exchange with the MNR: 40 hectares of new land for the 0.13 where the cabin now stands. MNR now plans to amend the conservatio…

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Published on: 27 May 2013 By

$500,000 Fisheries Act fine for illegal pesticide use on salmon farm

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act. Its illegal use of a pesticide contributed to substantial lobster kills in southwestern New Brunswick. The court ordered Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. to pay a total of $500,000, one of the largest and most significant penalties …

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Published on: 22 May 2013 By

Cree in court battle over environmental assessment and waterpower

The Divisional Court is grappling with a complex battle between two possibly overlapping First Nations over whether a Northern Ontario hydropower project is being lawfully evaluated under the Environmental Assessment Act and an agreement with three First Nations: Cree Nation (MoCreebec Counc…

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Published on: 21 May 2013 By

Modernization of Approvals a big step in the right direction

The Ministry of the Environment’s Modernization of Approvals process is starting to make a real difference: kudos to Marcia Wallace, Doris Dumais and the others involved. It still takes far too long to get many kinds of Environmental Compliance Approvals (often well over a year), but t…

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Published on: 16 May 2013 By

Northstar former directors case continuing before Tribunal

The Ministry of the Environment’s attempt to impose unlimited personal liability on the directors of a parent company, apparently because they were directors when historic contamination was discovered and/or being cleaned up on and near the land of a subsidiary, continues in front of t…

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