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Published on: 28 Apr 2015 By

Ostrander Point wind project goes back to Tribunal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reinstated the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal on the Ostrander Point wind farm: The Renewable Energy Approval as issued by the Director (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) should not be upheld as issued, because of the harm that the…

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Published on: 21 Apr 2015 By

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

A group of preeminent international jurists  have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change. These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their citizens, by doing …

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Published on: 14 Apr 2015 By

Terminating an Employee without Checking Their HR File First Can Have Serious Consequences for Employers

Sometimes the need arises to end an employment relationship quickly. However, it’s vitally important to ensure that you check the employee’s human resources file for potential human rights considerations before making any decisions, as confirmed by a recent decision by the Human Rights Tribu…

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Published on: 14 Apr 2015 By

Directors of real estate agent liable for contaminated site?

How far can no-fault liability for contaminated sites go? The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has issued a cleanup order to (among others) the accountant who held a power of attorney to sell a contaminated site for an overseas client, and the directors of a real estate com…

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Published on: 13 Apr 2015 By

Ontario finally adopting carbon cap and trade

Today, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario is finally going ahead to implement a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, in cooperation with Quebec and perhaps California. Ontario originally promised to join Quebec, California and others in the Western Climate Initiative in 2008, but has…

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Published on: 9 Apr 2015 By

Expert Evidence at the Environmental Review Tribunal

Dianne Saxe spoke last week at the Ontario Bar Association seminar on Using Environmental Experts Effectively at the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. Here is a copy of her presentation: Experts at Environmental Review Tribunal. In theory, expert evidence at the Tribunal is governed by …

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