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Published on: 18 Jul 2017 By

Concerned About Bill 148? Have Your Say By This Friday

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ tour of Ontario hit London to hear from the public on the changes to labour and employment legislation proposed in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Throughout the day, the Committee considered oral presen…

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Published on: 14 Jul 2017 By

$2.5 million in fines issued in relation to large diesel spill

In the latest of a string of federal environmental prosecutions leading to significant fines against corporate offenders, Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) has been fined $2.5 million after pleading guilty to committing a number of infractions under the Fisheries Act and under the Can…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2017 By

Public Hearings Regarding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in London on July 17

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently working its way through the Ontario legislature and, if passed into law, would impose many new obligations on employers. For more details on those changes, please see our previous blog posts on the subject. Bill 148 is in the…

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Published on: 10 Jul 2017 By

The federal government’s proposed approach to reforming Canada’s environmental laws

The federal government has released a discussion paper outlining aspects of the approach it proposes to take to implement planned reforms to Canada’s environmental laws. It is inviting comments from the public until August 28, 2017. We’ve previously written about the progress of these reform…

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Published on: 5 Jul 2017 By

Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace

We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. How…

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Published on: 22 Jun 2017 By

Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?

The federal parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development has released a report resulting from its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The standing committee has recommended that a right to a healthy environment be included in forthcoming…

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Published on: 19 Jun 2017 By

Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts

Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic. Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so. Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the emp…

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Published on: 14 Jun 2017 By

Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?

(Note: This article was also published on AdvocateDaily) Last year was relatively quiet in terms of major (i.e. Court of Appeal) decisions or legislative changes. One interesting, and important, development is the increasing willingness of the courts to decide matters based on summary judgme…

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Published on: 9 Jun 2017 By

Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has published her Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, entitled Every Drop Counts (the “Report”). The Report focuses on the nexus between water and energy and finding ways to reduce municipal consumption of both in Ontario. The Report focuses …

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