Get It In Writing! (Reason # 324 and Counting)
One of the messages that we deliver to clients all the time is the importance of using written employment agreements for all employees. A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal stands for the proposition that the unskilled nature of employment is no longer much of a factor in determini…View the post titled Get It In Writing! (Reason # 324 and Counting)
Sewage biosolids consultation
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment is wrapping up consultation on its proposed Canada-wide Approach for the Management of Wastewater Biosolids. The policy is intended to encourage the “beneficial use and sound management of valuable resources in municipal biosolids, m…View the post titled Sewage biosolids consultation
Drive Clean false claims fined
1231028 Ontario Limited O/A Fallingbrook Auto Garage and John Sookrah were fined $45,000 for Drive Clean Violations. Mr. Sookrah was a certified drive clean inspector, who claimed to have tested eight vehicles . Investigators observed that the vehicles listed on the vehicle emissions inspect…View the post titled Drive Clean false claims fined
What was she thinking?
In R. v. Matchim, a recent case before the Ontario Court of Justice (March 18 2011), firefighters extinguished a blaze in the basement of a home on Vincent Street, in Newmarket. An explosion then occurred in the main sanitary sewer line on the street.View the post titled What was she thinking?
MacQueen v. Canada class action
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has certified a massive class action by Sydney residents against the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, relating to contamination from the notorious Sydney tar ponds, and the associated steel mill and coke ovens from the old Sydney Steel.View the post titled MacQueen v. Canada class action
Nova Scotia serious about green electricity
Nova Scotia wants 25% renewable electricity by 2015, and is moving aggressively to achieve it. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has announced the rates for the new feed in tariff scheme under the Renewable Electricity Plan. Full details can be viewed here but in brief the rates are:View the post titled Nova Scotia serious about green electricity
Yet Another Reporting Obligation for Businesses
When will it end? Many of our clients are becoming increasingly frustrated with the imposition of onerous statutory obligations. And now the Ontario Divisional Court has added another to the pile. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that a critical injury, which includes a …View the post titled Yet Another Reporting Obligation for Businesses
Guidance for Environmental Site Assessments
Now that Reg. 153/04 sets strict new standards for Environmental Site Assessments of contaminated sites, it is good news that the Ministry of the Environment has finally released its guidance document for performing those ESAs. Although the new rules are only mandatory when seeking a Record…View the post titled Guidance for Environmental Site Assessments
Climate change and heatstroke
Just as Natural Resources Canada predicted, climate change (from greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels) is bringing us immense human, environmental and economic damage from heat waves, drought and wildfires. I have already had a person become ill this week with heatstrok…View the post titled Climate change and heatstroke
Solar Community Bonds
Another Green Energy Act and Feed In Tariff: success: Solar community bonds are now available, so that community members can invest in, and profit from, local renewable power generation. Congratulations to the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative! Meanwhile, Environmental Defence has put out…View the post titled Solar Community Bonds
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