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Published on: 29 Aug 2018 By

Divisional Court overturns Ontario Labour Relation Board’s certification of construction bargaining unit integral to telecommunications

In a significant victory for employers engaged in construction work in federally-regulated sectors, the Divisional Court in Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council v Ramkey Communications Inc [1] has overturned an Ontario Labour Relations Board (“…

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Published on: 24 Aug 2018 By

Ontario Court of Justice Sentences Corporation and its Director to $420,000 Fine and 45-day jail term for Contravention of PCB Regulations of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Environment and Climate Change Canada has reported that on August 21, 2018, a Collingwood corporation and its director were sentenced to a $420,000 fine plus a 45-day jail term, for 10 counts of contravening the PCB Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and one c…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2018 By

Fortis Alberta Ordered to pay $300,000.00 fine for Unreported Oil Spill

On August 15, 2018, the Provincial Court of Alberta ordered the electrical utility, FortisAlberta, to pay a $300,000.00 fine for failing to report an oil spill in a timely manner. The spill related to potentially dangerous polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in west-central Alberta. While Fo…

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Published on: 20 Aug 2018 By

Divisional Court Refuses to Award Costs in Judicial Review of the White Pines Wind Project

The Honourable Marc Labrosse of the Divisional Court recently refused both moving parties’ demands for costs in the latest iteration of CCSAGE Naturally Green’s (“CCSAGE”) judicial review challenging various administrative decisions relating to the White Pines Wind Project. Labrosse J’s cost…

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Published on: 15 Aug 2018 By

Federal Government Announces Funding for Four Projects Under the Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund was established in 1995 to direct money received from fines and payments for environmental offences under 10 federal environmental statutes to worthy environmental projects. Eligible projects must be located in the region in which the offence occurred and addre…

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Published on: 14 Aug 2018 By

Tech firms must follow Canadian anti-spam laws

Two tech companies were recently fined a total of $250,000 for the installation of malicious software through online ads. The case is the first where firms were fined by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for breaching Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation …

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Published on: 2 Aug 2018 By

How Ontario Regulates the Prevention and Containment of Forest Fires

Forest fires in Northern Ontario have been cause for alarm during the last two weeks, with residents in multiple communities being forced to evacuate their homes to escape the flames. Particularly affected is the Parry Sound District, as a result of the fire known as “Parry Sound 33”. This f…

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Published on: 30 Jul 2018 By

P.E.I.'s climate plan will not include a carbon tax

On Wednesday, July 11th, P.E.I’s Environment Minister Richard Brown stated that the province will submit a climate plan to Ottawa by September 1st, 2018. This climate plan will not include a carbon tax nor a plan for a cap-and-trade system; the two options that the federal government has giv…

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Published on: 30 Jul 2018 By

Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA

Since the Ontario Liberal government amended the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (“WSIA”) in April, there has been some confusion about who bears the responsibility for workplace injuries to temporary agency workers: the agency, or its client employer. On April 6, 2018, the Liberals amended t…

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