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…Continue reading the post titled Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace
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…Continue reading the post titled Is Canada closer to recognizing a legal right to a healthy environment?
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…Continue reading the post titled Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts
Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
Earlier this month, an Alberta-based mining company, Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC, pleaded guilty to two counts under the Fisheries Act. The charges related to a dike failure that occurred in October 2013. The dike was used to contain a large volume of waste water containing coal, clay, …Continue reading the post titled Company issued $3,500,000 in fines under the Fisheries Act
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…Continue reading the post titled Franchising in Canada: have the wheels fallen off?
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 …Continue reading the post titled Environmental Commissioner examines municipal water use, energy consumption, and climate change
Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
Bill 68—the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017—received royal assent on May 30, 2017, so is now officially in force. As we previously reported, Bill 68 introduces a host of changes to several key municipal statutes: the Municipal Act, 2001 (“Municipal Act”); City of Toront…Continue reading the post titled Changes to Ontario municipal laws now in effect and increase municipal powers to combat climate change
Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
The Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”) will be undergoing radical reform in the coming months. The Ontario government recently announced its long-awaiting plans to restructure the OMB. If the changes are passed, the OMB will be replaced by a new statutory body, which will be referred to as the …Continue reading the post titled Significant changes to the Ontario Municipal Board
$600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
On May 15, 2017, 228057 Ontario Inc. (formerly Naylor Renewable Energy Inc.) pled guilty to three offences and was fined $600,000 plus the 25 per cent victim fine surcharge for discharging sediment-laden stormwater causing the impairment water quality, failing to notify the Ministry of the E…Continue reading the post titled $600,000 Fine for Sediment Discharge
The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers
Along with franchisors and unionized employers, the recommendations made in the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report could signal change for temporary help agencies, the individuals they employ (“assignment workers”), and the businesses who use these services to staff their operations (“c…Continue reading the post titled The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers