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Published on: 25 Jan 2019 By

Proposed new “Open-for-business” by-law authority scrapped

On Wednesday January 23, 2018, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that the government would not be proceeding with Schedule 10 of Bill 66. As I wrote here, Schedule 10 proposed to give municipal governments expanded authority under their Planning Act, section 34,…

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Published on: 23 Jan 2019 By

Fined for Illegal Importation of Bear Hide from Alaska

This article was written with the assistance of student at law Julia Ferreira. On January 18, 2019, Fredrick Thomson, a taxidermist from Coaldale, Alberta, was sentenced following his conviction for illegally importing a brown bear hide from Alaska. Section 6(1) of the Wild Animal and Plant …

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Published on: 23 Jan 2019 By

10 Year Review of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

On January 18, 2019, the Ontario government gave notice on the Environmental Registry that that they were conducting a ten [10] year review of the Endangered Species Act, R.S.O. 2007 (the “Act”) (which came into effect on June 30, 2008). A Discussion Paper produced by the Ministry of the Env…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2019 By

Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal Upholds Another Wind Turbine Approval

On January 4th, 2019, the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal” or “ERT”) issued another decision in the long list of dismissed appeals of wind turbine approvals (“Renewable Energy Approvals” or “REAs”). The crux of the 143 page decision in Concerned Citizens of North Stormont v.…

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Published on: 21 Jan 2019 By ,

Why Failing to Immediately Disclose a Litigation Agreement in Multi-Party Litigation is Dangerous and Costly

Summary Litigation agreements in multi-party litigation are required to be immediately disclosed to the other parties in the litigation (“Other Parties”). A litigation agreement is broadly defined as an agreement that has the effect of changing the adversarial position of the parties set out…

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Published on: 18 Jan 2019 By

Employers: Post and Distribute the Updated ESA Poster

Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), employers must post a copy of the most recent employment standards poster (“ESA Poster”) prepared by the Ministry of Labour in a “conspicuous place” in the workplace. The Ministry of Labour has just released a new version of the ESA Poster, w…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2019 By

Intervenors Permitted for Carbon Pollution Pricing Case

Today the Court of Appeal granted intervenor status to both individuals and organizations in the Ontario Reference case scheduled to be heard for April 15 – 18. The Province of Ontario has filed a reference case challenging the federal carbon pollution plan after cancelling Ontario’s emissio…

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