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Published on: 21 Dec 2015 By

National Energy Board to release safety reports

The National Energy Board (NEB) has decided to make more information about the safety of its regulated pipelines accessible to the public. It will be the first energy regulator in North America to do so. The NEB will be posting its inspections reports on the NEB website.  The inspection repo…

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Published on: 18 Dec 2015 By

Supervisors Increasingly Face Jail Time in Health and Safety Prosecutions

While companies are often aware of the serious costs that may arise from charges under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA), recent decisions suggest that the courts are increasingly willing to levy heavy penalties against supervisors as well, including sentencing them to …

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Published on: 18 Dec 2015 By

Crowdfunding

With the proliferation of Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe and others, many small businesses are beginning to view crowdfunding as a viable revenue source. Globally, crowdfunding accounted for $5.1 billion in revenue. There are currently over 112 active crowdfunding platforms located in Cana…

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Published on: 4 Dec 2015 By

Auditor General: Ontario Must Manage its Contaminated Sites

On December 2, the Auditor General released her 2015 report. This year’s report included a chapter on management of contaminated sites. In all, there are almost 800 contaminated sites owned by Ontario, of which 288 have recorded liabilities, estimated at $1.792 billion dollars. Her report fo…

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Published on: 2 Dec 2015 By

Proposed Changes to the OHSA: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Laws intended to change social behaviour are sometimes referred to as “social engineering” legislation.  The obvious example is the Human Rights Code, which prohibits discrimination on protected grounds and requires employers to accommodate many of the personal challenges employees face. Som…

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