Can municipal councillors be personally liable for drinking water?
Municipal councillors are generally protected from personal liability, for any decisions they make in good faith in the course of their duties. This protection is incorporated into Municipal Acts of each province. For example, the Municipal Government Act of Alberta states:Continue reading the post titled Can municipal councillors be personally liable for drinking water?
Terratec Fined $105,000
Terratec Environmental Ltd. pled guilty to one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act for applying anaerobic digestate to farmland, which escaped through an agricultural drain into Six Mile Creek. Checking for drains is a standard precaution before spreading anything on agricultural land.Continue reading the post titled Terratec Fined $105,000
Health, wind, science, and our sad federal priorities
Since Ontario regulations already require mitigation if noise is predicted to exceed 40 dBA at sensitive receptors, will it help to spend two years proving that there ought to be mitigation at 45 dBA?Continue reading the post titled Health, wind, science, and our sad federal priorities
Performance management is not “harassment”!
Words are important. Words like “bullying” and “harassment” are especially important because they refer to improper conduct which can result in negative legal consequences. But too often, employees don’t understand the legal definition of these words. Today, I’m particularly annoyed by em…Continue reading the post titled Performance management is not “harassment”!
Soil remediation: smell test stands up in court
The latest decision in the Horvath saga has upheld the “smell test” in delineating home furnace oil contamination for remediation.Continue reading the post titled Soil remediation: smell test stands up in court
More Regulation for Geothermal Heat Pumps
The Ministry of the Environment moved swiftly this spring to increase regulation of geothermal (ground-sourced) heat pump installations, because of an urgent risk of releasing hazardous underground gases. Ontario revoked the old regulation governing Ground Source Heat Pumps and replaced it w…Continue reading the post titled More Regulation for Geothermal Heat Pumps
Climate crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is
Our federal government does not like to talk about climate change, so the Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a hard hitting report on the damage that climate change is already causing in Canada: Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage the Storms Ahead? This is the same message tha…Continue reading the post titled Climate crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is
Recovering Compensation in Injury Claims Against Bars, Taverns and Social Hosts
Maciej Pieoksz looks at the issue of personal injuries that are a result of alcohol in bars, tavers and other establishments. Maciej also gives tips to consumers and hosts on how to protect themselves. You are at a party with friends. You are drinking casually but are being encouraged to d…Continue reading the post titled Recovering Compensation in Injury Claims Against Bars, Taverns and Social Hosts
Environmental debates in Hansard
Ecojustice has provided another public service: Environmental Hansard, an easy-to-use website that collects, organizes and distills federal political dialogue on the environment.Continue reading the post titled Environmental debates in Hansard
Ammonia leak, $25,000 fine
Windsor company, 38 Chatham Street East Ltd., pleaded guilty to discharging anhydrous ammonia into the natural environment, which interfered with the normal conduct of business, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario.Continue reading the post titled Ammonia leak, $25,000 fine