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Published on: 23 Feb 2017 By

The Canadian Government is Considering Coal Mining Effluent Regulations

The federal government is contemplating the introduction of new limits on effluent discharges from coal mines. The new regulations are proposed to be introduced under the Fisheries Act and would limit the levels of suspended solids, nitrates, and selenium that can be discharged and would req…

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Published on: 17 Feb 2017 By

Ontario Announces Continuation of Offshore Wind Turbine Moratorium

Ontario announced earlier this week that it would be extending its moratorium on offshore wind turbine projects. The province had initially announced the moratorium back in 2011. The government has indicated that it requires further research before authorizing the development of off-shore wi…

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Published on: 10 Feb 2017 By

National Energy Board Hearings for Energy East Starting Over

A month and a half after Minister Carr appointed three new panel members to the National Energy Board, the Energy East pipeline review will be starting over from the beginning. We reported in December that the Minister appointed the new members to the Board following the recusal of the forme…

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Published on: 9 Feb 2017 By

Unionized Ontario Employers Face Double Jeopardy in Human Rights Cases

Unionized employers regularly deal with employees alleging breaches of their human rights. These allegations can be the subject of the grievance process or an application to the province’s forum for hearings into human rights cases. In Ontario, the forum is the Human Rights Tribunal; in Mani…

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Published on: 7 Feb 2017 By

Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon be Released to the Public

The Toronto Star has recently started a legal challenge that, if successful, may result in human rights, occupational health and safety, and other complaints made against employers being made public, despite the fact that those allegations are unproven. Most hearings today are not handled by…

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Published on: 31 Jan 2017 By

Changes to Emergency Leave Requirements in the Auto Industry

The final report from Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review is expected any day now, but in a taste of what’s to come, some changes are already being implemented. Since 2004, s. 50 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) has required employers with more than 50 employees to provide 10 u…

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Published on: 26 Jan 2017 By

The Vexing Problem Of Limitations In Environmental Cases Rises Again

Last August, we reported on recent case law dealing with the difficult question of how to determine limitation periods in environmental claims. In the January 2017 Court of Appeal decision of Crombie Property Holdings Limited v. McColl-Frontenac Inc., the court overturned the trial court’s d…

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