$9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the attempts of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio Region requiring Chevron to pay for water and soil contamination relating to Texaco’s activities in the area. The contamination was caused by Texaco’s activities between the years 1964 and 1…View the post titled $9.5 Billion Dollar Claim to Enforce Judgment Dismissed
Further changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act
The Ontario government announced a new round of changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27 (the “Act”) and regulations in two Environmental Registry postings on Friday, April 5, 2019: Modernizing conservation authority operations – Conservation Authorities Act ht…View the post titled Further changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act
Bill 66 Changes: Is “less pay for overtime” an accurate headline?
You may have seen this headline last week, and wondered how it will affect your organization. The answer is likely either “not at all” or “not much”. Prior to the passage of Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019, approval from the Director of Employment Standards was req…View the post titled Bill 66 Changes: Is “less pay for overtime” an accurate headline?
Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise
Certain licensed producers have been licensing their trademarks (or the trademarks of their retail arm) to successful applicants for Ontario cannabis retail licenses. Trademark license agreements involve downside legal risk; in particular, the “accidental franchise”, and must be drafted with…View the post titled Cannabis Trademark Licensing and the Accidental Franchise
Final Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Focused on Energy Conservation
As of today, April 1, 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) website reads: From 1994 to 2019, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an independent officer of the Legislature, reported on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issue…View the post titled Final Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Focused on Energy Conservation
Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules
Event data recorders (EDRs) that track and improve vehicle safety have become standard in most vehicles. In a recent article by Advocate Daily titled: Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules, Siskinds lawyer Peter Dillon addresses privacy concerns regarding EDRs that monitor vehicle behavio…View the post titled Vehicle ‘black boxes’ need tighter rules
Repeal of Toxic Reductions Act – Friend or Foe
The Ontario government recently voted in Committee to remove Schedule 10 from Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. The removal of Schedule 10 was in response to comments received concerning impacts to farmland, drinking water sources and other natural areas that risked being pre…View the post titled Repeal of Toxic Reductions Act – Friend or Foe
Divisional Court: employees with mental stress injuries suffered at work must receive benefits though workers’ compensation; may not sue for damages
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”) is the cornerstone of Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. The basic principle of the WSIA is the “historic compromise” between employees and employers: in exchange for the benefit of no-fault insurance benefits for workplace injuries an…View the post titled Divisional Court: employees with mental stress injuries suffered at work must receive benefits though workers’ compensation; may not sue for damages
Ontario GHG Performance Standards for Industrial Emitters
The public consultation period for the Ontario government’s proposed greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission performance standards (“EPS”) ends on March 29, 2019. The EPS proposal is the government’s replacement for the cap and trade regime under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy…View the post titled Ontario GHG Performance Standards for Industrial Emitters
Ontario Securities Commission Provides Millions in Compensation to Whistleblowers
On February 27, the OSC announced awards of $7.5 million to three whistleblowers in connection with three separate matters. The awards are the first of their kind by a Canadian securities regulator. In a news release, the OSC said the awards were the result of the whistleblowers’ “timely, sp…View the post titled Ontario Securities Commission Provides Millions in Compensation to Whistleblowers
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