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Published on: 11 Aug 2015 By

Boundary trees: sometimes good fences don’t make good neighbours

The issue of boundary trees—trees that straddle property lines—appears to be a growing, and increasingly confusing, legal concern for Toronto neighbours. Earlier this year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was again asked to untangle a boundary tree-related dispute between two Toronto n…

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Published on: 6 Aug 2015 By

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”

In a passionate announcement on Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the United States’ plan for doing its part to combat climate change: the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from power stations, which comprise the single largest …

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Published on: 30 Jul 2015 By

Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000

New ESA Poster Requirement The Ministry of Labour has released a new version (6.0) of its Employment Standards Poster, Employment Standards in Ontario. Posting The new version of the poster must be posted in each of an employer’s workplaces in a location where it is likely to come to the att…

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Published on: 28 Jul 2015 By

The Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide – Carter v. Canada, 2015 SCC 5

Introduction In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released this landmark decision holding that it violates Charter rights to deny access to physician-assisted suicide to a competent adult person, who clearly consents to the termination of their life in the face of a grievous and irr…

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Published on: 27 Jul 2015 By

Better tank standards for diesel, heating fuel and kerosene

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is proposing to update the safety requirements governing the storage, handling, and utilization of fuel oil, diesel and kerosene. Leaks and spills of petroleum products continue to be major sources of environmental contamination. Th…

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