How Sierra Club became a player in the coal business
As strange as it might sound, the US chapter of the Sierra Club has acquired control over a large coal reserve in the Appalachians. In 2014, Sierra Club and two other environmental non-governmental organizations (“ENGO”s) sued a coal producer, Alpha Natural Resources, for polluting several s…Continue reading the post titled How Sierra Club became a player in the coal business
A Break for Employers on Termination Clauses
Finally! The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a termination clause in an employment contract that did NOT reference benefit continuation (when indeed there were benefits) or severance (when the employer had a payroll of $2.5 million or more and the employee qualified for the severance payment …Continue reading the post titled A Break for Employers on Termination Clauses
The Virtual Office: Working From Home Considerations
With the advancement of technology, employers looking to cut overhead costs, and family and lifestyle accommodations growing, working from home is becoming more and more common. However, there are some considerations that must be explored before such practices are approved. Policies If emplo…Continue reading the post titled The Virtual Office: Working From Home Considerations
Hunting Convictions for Shooting Decoys
A conservation officer saw two individuals sitting in their truck strategically located in order to observe the decoys with binoculars. The conservation officers placed the stationary moose decoys along the travelled portion of a maintained and travelled forest resource access corridor. Afte…Continue reading the post titled Hunting Convictions for Shooting Decoys
Provincial renewable energy goals trump municipal by-laws
Since the Green Energy and Economy Act, 2009 came into force on May 14, 2009, the debate continues about whether municipalities can regulate renewable energy projects. At least three court decisions have now been made which indicate that other possible avenues of municipal regulation of rene…Continue reading the post titled Provincial renewable energy goals trump municipal by-laws
Do environmental permits have value for the purposes of property tax assessment?
A recent decision of the Assessment Review Board (“ARB”) (Waste Management of Canada Corporation v MPAC, ID 138737 (ARB)) has concluded that the market value of the rights associated with an Environmental Compliance Approval (“ECA”) should be reflected in the current value of a landfill for …Continue reading the post titled Do environmental permits have value for the purposes of property tax assessment?
The Safety Dance: Right to Refuse Work Under Health and Safety Legislation
The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) provides workers with a number of rights, including the right to refuse work that is “likely to endanger” the worker. When a work refusal occurs there are a number of procedures outlined in the legislation that must be followed and, …Continue reading the post titled The Safety Dance: Right to Refuse Work Under Health and Safety Legislation
Point-of-sale notice programme coming for Toronto dry cleaners?
The Board of Health of the City of Toronto has recently moved on recommendations from Toronto Public Health to look into ways to increase regulation of dry cleaning operations in the city. The increased restrictions were in response to lobbying efforts from a number of environmental organiza…Continue reading the post titled Point-of-sale notice programme coming for Toronto dry cleaners?
Court grants defendant injunction and inspection order to investigate plaintiff’s property
In 2014, Metrus Properties sued Wrigley Canada claiming Wrigley’s neighbouring property had contaminated its property. When Wrigley asked to access the Metrus property to conduct environmental tests, Metrus refused. In April of 2016, the Superior Court of Justice granted an injunction to tem…Continue reading the post titled Court grants defendant injunction and inspection order to investigate plaintiff’s property
“MEAN GIRLS”: Bill 132 and the OHSA
It has been six years since Bill 168 amended Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act to require employers to take steps to prevent and to deal with bullying and harassment in the workplace. Since that time, we have come to realize that there were gaps – some would say flaws – in the …Continue reading the post titled “MEAN GIRLS”: Bill 132 and the OHSA