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Published on: 13 Apr 2016 By

Priestly Demolition fined $70,000 for Spill and Failure to Report

The defendant, Priestly Demolition Inc. caused chlorine gas to be discharged into the environment when an employee operating a magnetic grapple attempted to move old pressurized gas cylinders. During the move, a valve snapped releasing the gas. The employee experienced a burning sensation an…

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Published on: 30 Mar 2016 By

Shell fined $500,000, pays $200,000 to First Nation following 2013 spill

In case you missed it, nearly 3 years following the event, Shell Canada Ltd has been sentenced for a spill of “flare knock-out liquids” at a Sarnia-area refinery. The January 2013 spill affected members of the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation, who experienced a variety of adverse health effec…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2016 By

A reminder: Employees Have Obligations, Too

You probably know that employers are required to accommodate a disability to the point of undue hardship. If you’ve ever been involved in a situation requiring accommodation, you probably also know that “undue hardship” is a very high standard. So it’s good to hear about arbitrators who also…

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Published on: 21 Mar 2016 By

The Duty To Accommodate Does Not Require an Employer to Turn Customers Away

A Store Manager for a leather company injured her wrist. Ultimately, the store terminated her position, prompting a human rights application to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. As part of this application, the employee argued that the accommodation process required: the employer continue t…

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Published on: 21 Mar 2016 By

2016 Shaping Up To Be ‘Significant’ Year For Franchise Law

(Note: This article was also published on AdvocateDaily.com) The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear its first franchise case in more than four decades something that, coupled with significant recent decisions, could bring needed balance to the industry, franchise lawyer Peter Dillon tell…

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