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Published on: 27 May 2016 By

Double Jeopardy Also Applies to Employee Discipline

I recently came across the Ontario decision of Garreton v. Complete Innovations Inc.[1] from earlier this year. While an interesting read for a number of employment reasons, it is a good reminder to employers that “double jeopardy” also applies to employee discipline. The relevant facts in t…

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Published on: 20 May 2016 By

$8,000 Fine and $10,950 Restitution Payment for Diesel Fuel Spill

Earlier this month, a truck driver pleaded guilty to failing to provide notice of a diesel fuel spill to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”). He was fined $8,000 (plus the 25% victim fine surcharge of $1,250) for the offence, and ordered to pay $10,950.07 in restitution …

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Published on: 19 May 2016 By

Siskinds Franchise Law Group Named Global Leader in Franchise Law

Congratulations to Peter Dillon and the franchise law group, for being named a Canadian leader in franchise law in the Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Awards! These awards recognize individuals and companies in the corporate finance sector that have demonstrated great achievements in the past…

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Published on: 9 May 2016 By

Making the environmental grade: Ontario leads while Canada lags

A recent report published by the Conference Board of Canada has found Ontario to be the top environmental performing province in the country based on 9 criteria. But in the larger scheme of things, the same report found that the environmental record of Canada as a whole is woefully lacking c…

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Published on: 5 May 2016 By

Recent Case Highlights Importance of Severability Clauses in Employment Agreements

Most employers want simple, friendly hiring documents that are easy to understand and don’t look like they were drafted by lawyers. Trust me – I get it! To achieve this goal, employers sometimes want to remove important legal clauses from their offer letters or employment agreements. Most co…

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Published on: 3 May 2016 By

Another Conviction under the Migratory Birds Convention Act

The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA) is again being used as a tool to protect migratory birds that are also species at risk. In early April, Bergedac Ltée, and a shareholder and employee of the company, were convicted and fined a total of $12,000 for violating Migratory Birds Conv…

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Published on: 29 Apr 2016 By

$21,000 fine and restitution for road salt damage to trees

On April 6, 2016, Jaret Bousfield was convicted under the Environmental Protection Act for permitting the discharge of road salt that caused or was likely to cause damage to a neighbour’s mature cedar trees. Bousfield pleaded guilty to the charge, and was fined $5,000, plus the 25% victim fi…

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