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
Northstar directors liability to be decided by Environmental Tribunal
The Ontario Superior Court will not take over the hearing of the appeal of the former Northstar directors against their personal cleanup order for TCE contamination in Cambridge Ontario. The former directors applied to the Commercial List of the Superior Court of Justice to change the venue …View the post titled Northstar directors liability to be decided by Environmental Tribunal
Obama’s climate announcement: worth reading
For those, like myself, who had not yet had time to read President Obama’s program for tackling climate change, I think it is well worth reading. Ambitious, but practical. Important, but achievable. We really could do something worthwhile about this worldwide scourge. “… a …View the post titled Obama’s climate announcement: worth reading
Municipality can’t bring Charter challenge to wind approval rules
The Environmental Review Tribunal has quashed an attempt by a municipality to bring a Charter challenge to Ontario’s wind energy approval rules. Undoubtedly, however, the same Charter challenge will be brought soon by one or more individuals. In Municipality of North Middlesex v. Direc…View the post titled Municipality can’t bring Charter challenge to wind approval rules
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