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Published on: 1 Aug 2019 By

Truth or Lies: Providing Employment References

Are you one of the growing numbers of Canadian employers who are reluctant to provide employment references for former employees?  Concerned you are going to be sued by a former employee for defamation if your reference is not positive enough?  Concerned that you are going to be sued for mis…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2019 By

Can an Employee Declare Frustration of the Employment Contract?

More often than not, the employer asserts frustration of the employment contract when an employee is absent on a lengthy medical leave and there is little prospect of a return to work in the foreseeable future.  Employers often want to get these employees “off the books”, even though it mean…

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Published on: 22 Jul 2019 By

$2.9M Charge for Spill of Diesel Fuel and Lubricants

On July 16, 2019, Kirby Offshore Marine Operating LLC pled guilty to three charges of violating the Fisheries Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and the Pilotage Act and received fines totally $2.9 million dollars.   On October 13, 2016, the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart ran aground at E…

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Published on: 15 Jul 2019 By

Is a Healthy Environment a Fundamental Right of Citizens

On November 26, 2018 ENvironnement JEUnesse (“ENJEU[1]”) filed an application for authorization against the Government of Canada to bring a class action on behalf of all Quebec residents aged 35 and under claiming a right to a clean and healthy environment. The claim alleged that the Canadia…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2019 By

Environmental Review Tribunal confirms high evidentiary burden to be removed from an Environmental Protection Act, Section 18 Director’s Order

A July 2, 2019, judgment of the Environmental Review Tribunal in Alizadeh v. Ontario (Environment, Conservation and Parks), 2019 CanLII 62106 (ON ERT), confirms that corporate officers and directors face a high evidentiary burden to rebut the presumption that they are properly named in an En…

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Published on: 9 Jul 2019 By

Closure of White Pines Wind Facility in Price Edward County, Ontario

On July 3, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”) posted its notice of decision with respect to regulations to govern the closure of the White Pines Wind Project. The White Pines Wind Project was a Class 4 Energy Project (with a nameplate capacity of 1…

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Published on: 5 Jul 2019 By

Michigan Car Crashes and Available Insurance Benefits

After a car crash, your Ontario auto insurance should pay for medical care expenses, rehabilitation, attendant care, and lost wages, amongst other things. These benefits are available regardless of who caused the crash, and are available to you if your accident happened anywhere in Canada or…

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Published on: 4 Jul 2019 By

Federal Carbon-Pricing Scheme is Constitutional: A Review of the Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2019 ONCA 544

Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2019 ONCA 544 on the constitutionality of the federal carbon pricing scheme. The Court held that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which imposes charges for various fuel…

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Published on: 28 Jun 2019 By

Federal Carbon Tax Constitutional

Today, Ontario’s Court of Appeal found that the Federal Government’s Carbon scheme is constitutional, “regulatory in nature”, and “not a tax.” The Honourable Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario, wrote that the Act[1] “is within Parliament’s jurisdiction to legislate in relation to matters of ‘…

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Published on: 26 Jun 2019 By

Bill C-68, the Amended Fisheries Act, receives Royal Assent

On June 21, 2019, Bill C-68, the Amended Fisheries Act, received Royal Assent and became law. The most significant change to the Act is reflected in subsection 2.1(b) of the new purpose clause: 2.‍1 The purpose of this Act is to provide a framework for (a) the proper management and control o…

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