Three-Year Phase Out Proposed For Neonicotinoid Pesticide
In an interesting twist, Health Canada just announced its intention to manage the agricultural uses of the pesticide imidacloprid to protect aquatic insects; this pesticide, like other neonicotinoid pesticides, has been under fire for some time for its effects on pollinators, for which we ha…View the post titled Three-Year Phase Out Proposed For Neonicotinoid Pesticide
What Happens If I’m Hurt On Public Transit?
(NOTE: This blog was originally posted on the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Blog) Accidents involving public transportation vehicles pose unique legal challenges, often leaving injured individuals unsure of their options. It is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer …View the post titled What Happens If I’m Hurt On Public Transit?
Conviction for Ivory Smuggler
Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a combined fine totalling $12,500 against an auction company and its director for unlawfully exporting a product made of python and two pieces of elephant ivory. The products were exported in contravention of the Wild Animal and Plant Protecti…View the post titled Conviction for Ivory Smuggler
Modernizing Municipal Legislation
On November 16, 2016 the Ontario government introduced changes to three key pieces of municipal legislation: Municipal Act, 2001, City of Toronto Act, Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The proposed changes are focused on accountability and transparency; municipal financial sustainability; …View the post titled Modernizing Municipal Legislation
Invasive species regulations now in force
As we reported last year, on November 3, 2015, the province passed several new pieces of environmental legislation, including the Invasive Species Act, 2015. The province has now introduced regulations under the Act to ban the import, breeding, purchase and sale of 19 invasive species. There…View the post titled Invasive species regulations now in force
Terminating Employees for Criminal Charges: Does Just Cause Exist
We live in a society where our criminal justice system presumes a person innocent until proven guilty. That said, the reality is that many people criminally charged are guilty. Even where innocent, it can take months – if not years – before criminal charges are resolved, during which time it…View the post titled Terminating Employees for Criminal Charges: Does Just Cause Exist
Promising development in US climate change litigation
An interesting, and potentially important, climate change precedent has come out of a US federal court. We reported last year about a lawsuit launched by Our Children’s Trust, a group of youth seeking to invoke the public trust doctrine and the principle of intergenerational equity to push s…View the post titled Promising development in US climate change litigation
First Fines Are Issued Under The Violence Provisions Of The OHSA
We are now starting to see the first decisions being released that deal with violations of the (fairly) new violence provisions added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). For details on those changes, you can revisit Mary Lou Brady’s blog here. Two convictions and heavy financ…View the post titled First Fines Are Issued Under The Violence Provisions Of The OHSA
Franchising an increasingly high-risk venture for franchisors
Canada is frequently hyped as an idyllic place to launch a franchise business, but that’s not the case for many franchisors who face tougher obstacles than their counterparts in other countries, says Siskinds franchise lawyer Peter Dillon in a recent article. Read the full article below. Fra…View the post titled Franchising an increasingly high-risk venture for franchisors
Endangered Species Regulation Upheld at Court of Appeal
In a decision released last month, Wildlands League v Ontario (Natural Resources and Forestry), 2016 ONCA 741, the Court of Appeal has held that a regulation made under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) is valid. The regulation exempts certain industrial activities from the ESA’s prohibitio…View the post titled Endangered Species Regulation Upheld at Court of Appeal
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