Pharmaceuticals, drinking water, and liability
The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed to affect the bodies, brains and behaviour of humans and other animals, at comparatively low…Continue reading the post titled Pharmaceuticals, drinking water, and liability
Contaminated sites reminder
If a qualified person and owner of property wish to have a record of site condition (RSC) filed and acknowledged before the changes come into effect, and have not yet submitted the RSC, the Ministry strongly encourages them to submit the RSC with all required documentation well before Jun…Continue reading the post titled Contaminated sites reminder
Spring flooding and climate change
One of the key forecasts that Natural Resources Canada made, years ago, about climate change was that it would increase spring flooding and severe storms. This spring there are catastrophic floods and tornadoes in both Canada and the US. Is climate change partly to blame? Here is Living on E…Continue reading the post titled Spring flooding and climate change
So Who is an Employee Anyway?
As we start a new labour and employment blog it seems fitting to note that the way in which we define “employee” is still very much a work in progress. And with so many statutes impacting every workplace, you practically need a scorecard to keep track as to what kind of relationship will be …Continue reading the post titled So Who is an Employee Anyway?
The Dollars and Cents of Drinking and Driving
Labour and employment lawyers often write articles at the holiday season about liability for employers arising from their social events at which alcohol is served. And many clients seek opinions or draft workplace policies on the issue. Whether the employer is seeking to manage this issue fo…Continue reading the post titled The Dollars and Cents of Drinking and Driving
Don’t forget to review your Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs!
It has now been almost 1 year since Bill 168 came into force on June 15, 2010 and, as such, it is time to review and, if necessary, revise your workplace violence and harassment policies and programs. If you recall, Bill 168 amended Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, thereby impos…Continue reading the post titled Don’t forget to review your Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs!
Toxics/ GHG reporting deadline put off
On May 14, 2011, Environment Canada issued a notice extending a filing deadline for their federal GHG and National Pollutant Release Inventory programs until June 17, 2011. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has authorized a matching delay for the 2011 annual reports under the Toxics R…Continue reading the post titled Toxics/ GHG reporting deadline put off
Was I right about air?
Was I right about air regulation 419/05? Ten years ago, the Ministry of the Environment asked for my opinion on the regulatory reform initiative that culminated in the new air regulation, O.Reg. 419/05. I wrote a column about it in the August/September 2001 issue of Hazardous Materials Manag…Continue reading the post titled Was I right about air?
Do turbines affect property values?
The Assessment Review Board has heard an appeal from the tax assessment of a couple who say their valuation should be reduced because of a nearby wind farm. Appeal 318664 was launched by Wolfe Island residents Ed and Gail Kenney, and is opposed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporatio…Continue reading the post titled Do turbines affect property values?
Gas from fracking dirtier than coal?
Hydraulic fracturing, in pursuit of shale gas, can cause serious groundwater problems, which are sometimes excused on the ground that the climate needs natural gas to displace coal. It’s therefore shocking to learn that shale gas could have worse GHG emissions than coal, according to a…Continue reading the post titled Gas from fracking dirtier than coal?