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Published on: 24 Aug 2016 By

The tricky business of limitations and contaminated land claims

In May of 2016, the Superior Court of Justice delivered reasons in Valco Instruments Canada v. Imperial Oil, dismissing in part a defendant’s summary judgment motion related to a contaminated land claim. The court concluded that the limitation period for a negligence claim had expired by the…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2016 By

UP, UP, AND AWAY: What’s new with Notice periods?

Unfortunately for employers, there is a fair bit new with notice periods and not in a welcome direction. While 24 months has typically been viewed as the upper end of reasonable notice periods, there have been a number of decisions recently which have challenged that assumption. In Markoulak…

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Published on: 15 Aug 2016 By

The unlikely intersection of nuclear fallout and green energy

Will the world’s largest atomic fallout exclusion zone one day host the world’s largest solar farm? The infamous nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, near Pripyat in Soviet Ukraine, occurred 30 years ago. A fire and series of explosions in one of the plant’s reactors caused…

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Published on: 26 Jul 2016 By

SIDS on track to pioneer new international treaty on climate change

Despite their comparatively insignificant contribution to climate change, Small Island Developing States (“SIDS”) are among the most vulnerable nations to the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, an increase in extreme weather events, desertification, warming marine habits, and othe…

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