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Published on: 19 Jan 2015 By

Less environmental enforcement = more private prosecutions?

When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can make a significant difference, as Ecojus…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2015 By

Finding and Serving those Anonymous Bloggers

In a previous article published on this website, the strict limitation periods associated with a defamation action were discussed; particularly, the six week period for a Notice of Libel and the three month period for the commencement of an action in defamation, as is required under sections…

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Published on: 8 Jan 2015 By

Can purchaser of contaminated site sue neighbour?

The case is important because of the widespread (but, I think, mistaken) belief among some real estate solicitors and agents that a buyer can (knowingly or negligently) buy previously contaminated land and then sue the source of the contamination for the cost of cleaning up that pre-exist…

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Published on: 7 Jan 2015 By

New Amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 May Require Employers to Find Themselves Guilty of Violating the Act

The majority of employers in Ontario are required to abide by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), legislation that includes standards for, among other things, the provision of a minimum wage, statutory holiday pay, overtime and limitations on hours of work. Where employees believ…

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Published on: 7 Jan 2015 By

Ontario Court Confirms Workplace Violence Not Automatically Cause for Termination in All Cases

Since amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act introduced by Bill 168 imposed new obligations to proactively address workplace harassment and violence issues, employers have sometimes been tempted to approach all instances of workplace harassing or violent conduct by an employee …

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