Climate change and gardens
As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. (We last wrote about climate change in this space during the heat of summer in 2010.) We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness zone map on Janu…Continue reading the post titled Climate change and gardens
Sydney Tar Ponds class action certified
After eight years of legal wrangling, the Sydney Tar Ponds class action has finally been certified. However, the plaintiffs’ chances of ultimate success will be significantly reduced if the Smith v. Inco decision stands.Continue reading the post titled Sydney Tar Ponds class action certified
Independent Contractor: To Be or Not to Be – That is the Question
As an employment lawyer, I am often approached by clients on the issue of “independent contractors versus employees”. Corporate clients look to use independent contractors, rather than employees, to perform work more cheaply and with more flexibility – without costs such as CPP, EI, EHT, WSI…Continue reading the post titled Independent Contractor: To Be or Not to Be – That is the Question
Will the SCC grant leave in Smith v Inco?
Will the Supreme Court of Canada grant leave to Ellen Smith to appeal the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal rejecting her class action against Inco for the historic nickel contamination of soil in Port Colborne?Continue reading the post titled Will the SCC grant leave in Smith v Inco?
A note to commenters
A reminder to those posting or reading comments on this blog. We spend a great deal of time writing this blog, pro bono, as a service to the environmental community and to participate in the public debate on issues of importance. We don’t provide free legal advice, and we delete post c…Continue reading the post titled A note to commenters
Compost v soil: which is “clean”?
The oddest things breach MOE soil cleanup standards. Compost, for example.Continue reading the post titled Compost v soil: which is “clean”?
Siskinds is excited to have a team participating in the 35th Annual H.W. Coulson Swim-A-Thon at the London Boys & Girls Club.
The goal of the Swim-A-Thon is to raise funds for children and youth programs in London. The event is taking place on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00pm.Continue reading the post titled Siskinds is excited to have a team participating in the 35th Annual H.W. Coulson Swim-A-Thon at the London Boys & Girls Club.
Northern Gateway, oil tankers and spills
One of the issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearing is the threat that oil tankers will pose in the dangerous channels and sensitive ocean environments near the proposed port, Kitimat. Enbridge soothingly predicts that major spills will be inconceivably rare:Continue reading the post titled Northern Gateway, oil tankers and spills
Offshore wind moving ahead… in the US
Off shore wind turbines in designated Wind Energy Areas have cleared a major environmental review, according to the US Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).Continue reading the post titled Offshore wind moving ahead… in the US
YOU’RE FIRED…I’M QUITTING! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We’re all familiar with the classic scenario when the response to a termination by an employer prompts the response, “You can’t fire me. I quit!”. But after the dust settles from the initial blow-up, what happens next? A recent case from the British Columbia Court of Appeal is instructive. I…Continue reading the post titled YOU’RE FIRED…I’M QUITTING! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?