The tricky business of limitations and contaminated land claims
In May of 2016, the Superior Court of Justice delivered reasons in Valco Instruments Canada v. Imperial Oil, dismissing in part a defendant’s summary judgment motion related to a contaminated land claim. The court concluded that the limitation period for a negligence claim had expired by the…Continue reading the post titled The tricky business of limitations and contaminated land claims
UP, UP, AND AWAY: What’s new with Notice periods?
Unfortunately for employers, there is a fair bit new with notice periods and not in a welcome direction. While 24 months has typically been viewed as the upper end of reasonable notice periods, there have been a number of decisions recently which have challenged that assumption. In Markoulak…Continue reading the post titled UP, UP, AND AWAY: What’s new with Notice periods?
Federal environmental law reform picks up steam
The government recently announced the members it has appointed to the Review of the Environmental Assessment Process Expert Panel (the “EA Panel”), created to examine how environmental federal environmental assessments are conducted for large-scale resource projects. The federal government h…Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental law reform picks up steam
Ontario Court of Appeal Helps Ensure Conspirators are Held Accountable for their Wrongdoing
Nearly every Canadian consumer has purchased something that contains a price-fixed component. Price-fixing occurs in many industries – from components of consumer electronics to chemicals to auto parts to chocolate. Price-fixing occurs where competing companies agree to increase prices, redu…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Court of Appeal Helps Ensure Conspirators are Held Accountable for their Wrongdoing
Ontario Courts Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Illegal Cartels
Four recent decisions from the Ontario courts affirm the importance of preserving remedies for plaintiffs impacted by unlawful conspiracies. The decisions relate to four separate price-fixing conspiracies involving LCD panels (used in televisions, computer monitors and notebook computers), l…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Courts Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Illegal Cartels
Maryland first U.S. state to regulate neonicotinoids
Since the European Union voted to suspend the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides in 2013, there has been significant interest in Canada and the United States to regulate the use of these pesticides. Also known as neonics, these pesticides are believed to be significantly contributing to…Continue reading the post titled Maryland first U.S. state to regulate neonicotinoids
The unlikely intersection of nuclear fallout and green energy
Will the world’s largest atomic fallout exclusion zone one day host the world’s largest solar farm? The infamous nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, near Pripyat in Soviet Ukraine, occurred 30 years ago. A fire and series of explosions in one of the plant’s reactors caused…Continue reading the post titled The unlikely intersection of nuclear fallout and green energy
What happens if a deceased’s will is lost? What if it has been destroyed?
Estate trustees – an individual (or individuals) appointed to administer a deceased’s estate – may find themselves unable to locate the original copy of the deceased’s Will. Perhaps the Will has been misplaced, or destroyed. What is to be done in these situations? Luc…Continue reading the post titled What happens if a deceased’s will is lost? What if it has been destroyed?
$70,000 in fines for breach of PCB regulations
On July 27, 2016, the Ontario Court of Justice levied $70,000 in fines against a Hamilton company for contravention of the federal PCB regulations and for failing to comply with an Environmental Protection Compliance Order, issued under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).…Continue reading the post titled $70,000 in fines for breach of PCB regulations
Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board
The province recently announced, with little fanfare, that it was initiating a review of the Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”). The OMB is an independent adjudicative tribunal that plays a crucial role in land use planning in the province. It reviews decisions made under a number of statutes, …Continue reading the post titled Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board
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