The silence of the bees – Nix the neonics! Sign the petition…
Bees are dying; we can do something about it. Three thousand or so registered beekeepers manage around 100,000 honeybee colonies in Ontario. In the spring of 2012, bees began to die in record numbers. No one knows, for sure, what’s killing the bees, but one class of pesticides is likely part…View the post titled The silence of the bees – Nix the neonics! Sign the petition…
Few complaints once wind farms start operating
Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are particularly accepted in Alberta, which has had large wind farms for 20 years. The Pembina Institute …View the post titled Few complaints once wind farms start operating
Understanding OHIP: What health care services are covered outside of Ontario?
OHIP covers many health care costs when you are in Ontario. But what about when you are abroad or if you want treatment that isn’t available in Ontario but is available elsewhere in Canada? Siskinds lawyer Maciek Piekosz looks at how OHIP covers you and outlines the steps involved in getting…View the post titled Understanding OHIP: What health care services are covered outside of Ontario?
Sending a Clear Message on Harassment
A recent scandal in the Australian Army has prompted a clear and unambiguous response from the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison. The scandal has arisen in connection with the alleged exchange between certain soldiers and officers of messages and videos which are degrading to …View the post titled Sending a Clear Message on Harassment
Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?
Should company directors and officers be personally liable for contamination they did not cause? “Directors’ liability is one of the primary instruments used by policymakers to promote good corporate governance. However, … [t]he imposition of ever-increasing personal liability on directors m…View the post titled Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?
Cy Pres Settlements (Or, How Charities Can Benefit From Class Actions)
In fall 2010, Siskinds was retained to bring a proposed class action against Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) on allegations that the utility company illegally charged interest at a rate of 19.56% per year. By way of background: The Interest Act requires that where inter…View the post titled Cy Pres Settlements (Or, How Charities Can Benefit From Class Actions)
Hicks: His home may be his castle, but that doesn’t include his yard
Mr. Hicks’ house (or tent or yurt or cottage) is a private dwelling place - but not his yard.View the post titled Hicks: His home may be his castle, but that doesn’t include his yard
“Hot” Issues In Labour & Employment
In her latest blog post, Beth Traynor looks at the impact of extreme heat in the workplace. A 2012 Labour Relations Board decision found that extreme heat can be an ‘Act of God’ and justification for sending employees home if there is a threat to their safety. Beth also discusses the importa…View the post titled “Hot” Issues In Labour & Employment
First 20 years of NAFTA: have any comments?
January 2014 will mark 20 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its environmental side agreement, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). To celebrate, the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC)…View the post titled First 20 years of NAFTA: have any comments?
Drive Clean fines: $52,500 plus surcharge
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment obtained fines of $52,500 plus the 25% Victim Fine Surcharge against a Markham Drive Clean Facility, its owner and drive clean inspector and four of its customers for submitting false information about Drive Clean tests. Kwok-Man (Bill) Hon was the bus…View the post titled Drive Clean fines: $52,500 plus surcharge
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