Client’s late filing claim represents high standard for counsel
A lawyer’s allegation that his former law firm’s late filing of a statement of claim cost him the chance to sue a car company for his difficulties in establishing a dealership, would represent a high standard for lawyers in terms of going back and analyzing all documents to find out when exa…Continue reading the post titled Client’s late filing claim represents high standard for counsel
The importance of properly conducting workplace investigations
If not done properly, conducting a workplace investigation can be costly. This lesson was learned by the Royal Bank of Canada in Lau v. Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Lau was an account manager at one of RBC’s Vancouver branches. A customer of Mr. Lau’s filed a complaint about the manner in wh…Continue reading the post titled The importance of properly conducting workplace investigations
Court confirms PMRA’s duty to conduct special reviews of pesticides
A recent decision out of the Federal Court has confirmed the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (“PMRA”) duty to conduct special reviews. More specifically, the PMRA must conduct special reviews of any pest control product containing a special ingredient banned for environmental or …Continue reading the post titled Court confirms PMRA’s duty to conduct special reviews of pesticides
“Comfortably Numb”: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Traditionally, Canadian courts and arbitrators have upheld discipline against employees who have disobeyed company policies by using or possessing marijuana on company premises. There has generally been no need for the employee to have engaged in dangerous conduct, so long as the employee…Continue reading the post titled “Comfortably Numb”: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Another piece to Ontario’s Climate Change response
On June 8, 2016, Ontario released its Climate Change Action Plan. The plan follows closely on the heels of the introduction of legislation that will put a cap and trade programme into place in the province. The 5-year plan is comprehensive, and hits on many of the same concerns as the Enviro…Continue reading the post titled Another piece to Ontario’s Climate Change response
Don’t FALL into trouble with the Ministry of Labour this summer!
It’s summer and the livin’ may be easy if you’re on vacation. But if you’re at work, you’d better be working safely! The Ministry of Labour is running a blitz from May 16th until July 15th, focusing attention on falls from height. They’ve warned us that they “will be taking a no tolerance in…Continue reading the post titled Don’t FALL into trouble with the Ministry of Labour this summer!
New Trails Legislation Introduced in Ontario
Just in time for the upcoming summer holiday season, Ontario has passed new legislation designed to improve and protect the province’s trails system. The new act, the Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act, 2016, act introduces a new piece of legislation, the Ontario Trails Act, 2016. The Ontario T…Continue reading the post titled New Trails Legislation Introduced in Ontario
Could an update to the Environmental Registry be coming soon?
Change may soon be coming to the Environmental Registry. The Registry has been crucial to supporting public participation in environmental decision making in Ontario for nearly two decades. Created under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 and administered by the Ministry of the Environme…Continue reading the post titled Could an update to the Environmental Registry be coming soon?
Double Jeopardy Also Applies to Employee Discipline
I recently came across the Ontario decision of Garreton v. Complete Innovations Inc. 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…Continue reading the post titled Double Jeopardy Also Applies to Employee Discipline
$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 …Continue reading the post titled $8,000 Fine and $10,950 Restitution Payment for Diesel Fuel Spill