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Published on: 23 Jul 2014 By

Unions utilizing creative organizing strategies in the service sector

Employers should take note – Unions are using ever more creative means to engage potential members, especially in sectors with low rates of unionization. For example, the United Steelworkers are helping temporary foreign workers employed by a Tim Horton’s franchise in British Columbia …

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Published on: 11 Jul 2014 By ,

$2.5 Million Canadian Payroll Triggers ESA Severance Obligation

Until recently, I was confident that an Ontario employer would not owe severance pay under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), unless it met the $2.5 million Ontario payroll test. I am no longer so sure, following a surprising decision of Justice Kane of the Ontario Superior Cour…

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Published on: 10 Jul 2014 By

Toronto Public Health Reveals Local Air Pollution Sources

Local air pollution from small sources like autobody shops and corner laundries cause the deaths of at least 120 city residents each year, according to the Toronto Star  citing a Toronto Public Health study called ChemTRAC. ChemTRAC is a program implemented by the City of Toronto under its E…

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Published on: 8 Jul 2014 By

When it comes to anti-wind power appeals, all turtles are not created equal

The Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal, holding that evidence to substantiate claims of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life” must be site-specific, species-specific, and quantifiable. The Tribunal released its decision in Bain v. Director, Mi…

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Published on: 7 Jul 2014 By

Be careful how you treat employees after advising that a fixed term contract will not be renewed

A recent Alberta decision may make employers reconsider how they give notice that a fixed term employment contract will not be renewed. Geoffrey Thompson was hired as the Regional President, Calgary of Cardel Homes Limited Partnership pursuant to a fixed term contract of 2 years from Septemb…

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Published on: 9 Jun 2014 By

Federal govt proposes new air pollution regulations

The federal government has proposed a major set of new air pollution regulations to reduce industrial-source air pollution, starting with performance standards for the cement sector and two equipment types: gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers/ heaters and stationary spark-ignition gaseous…

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