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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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Published on: 2 Apr 2015 By

How well do you understand the recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000?

Applying the latest changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) to real-life situations can be complex, even for Employment Standards Officers! A recent blog post by Chris Sinal (New Amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 May Require Employers to Find Themselves Guilty of…

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Published on: 23 Mar 2015 By

Kawartha oil spill cost recovery litigation drags on

City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,6…

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