Western Chorus Frog Stops Development
The western chorus frog weighing approximately one-gram and measuring 2.5 centimetres from its nose to its back end stopped a private development proposal. The western chorus frog was listed as threatened species under the Species at Risk Act (“SARA”) in 2010. It is estimated that approximat…View the post titled Western Chorus Frog Stops Development
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…View the post titled How Ontario Regulates the Prevention and Containment of Forest Fires
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…View the post titled P.E.I.'s climate plan will not include a carbon tax
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…View the post titled Will They or Won’t They? Ontario’s new government and the WSIA
Imperial Oil Limited Ordered to pay $650,000.00 by Ontario Court of Justice
Imperial Oil Limited was recently convicted of breaching s.14 of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”) for permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment. Imperial Oil, who pled guilty to the offence, was sentenced to pay $650,000.00, in addition to a $162,50…View the post titled Imperial Oil Limited Ordered to pay $650,000.00 by Ontario Court of Justice
Ontario to intervene in Saskatchewan’s Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax
Last week, at the Council of the Federation talks in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced Ontario’s intention to intervene in Saskatchewan’s court reference to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal challenging the Federal government’s proposed carbon tax. The court r…View the post titled Ontario to intervene in Saskatchewan’s Court Challenge of Federal Carbon Tax
What is a Qualified Disability Trust?
The Qualified Disability Trust (QDT) was created in 2016 to temper changes to the tax rules for testamentary trusts (trusts set up by a Will). All testamentary trusts used to benefit from the graduated tax rates, however this was changed to tax all testamentary trusts at the top marginal rat…View the post titled What is a Qualified Disability Trust?
Guardianship Applications under the Children’s Law Reform Act
A minor is considered to be a person under the age of eighteen years. In Ontario, a parent is automatically the guardian of the person of his or her minor child. However, a parent is not automatically the guardian of property of his or her minor child. In certain circumstances, a paren…View the post titled Guardianship Applications under the Children’s Law Reform Act
Holding listed issuers to their word – for now anyway… Developments from the UK Court of Appeal on parent company liability for impacts abroad
Last year I wrote about a feature of the decision of the English and Wales High Court of Justice in HRH Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc, a case where residents of the Niger Delta brought a claim in negligence against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), an issuer incorporated in England and listed on …View the post titled Holding listed issuers to their word – for now anyway… Developments from the UK Court of Appeal on parent company liability for impacts abroad
Hawaii to Ban Sale and Distribution of Sunscreens Deemed Harmful to Coral Reefs
On July 3, 2018, Hawaii Governor, David Ige signed a Bill to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The Hawaiian state legislature passed Bill SB2571 in May of this year in response to scientific evidence suggesting that oxybenzone and…View the post titled Hawaii to Ban Sale and Distribution of Sunscreens Deemed Harmful to Coral Reefs
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