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Published on: 27 Jan 2014 By

Ecojustice asks Commissioner to improve contaminated sites law

The farther we move away from the “polluter pay” principle, the greater the disarray in Ontario’s contaminated sites law and policy, and the greater its economic and environmental harm. The Ontario Bar Association is working on a submission to the Law Commission of Ontario,…

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Published on: 23 Jan 2014 By

MacQueen class action struck out re Sydney Tar Ponds

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has struck out the groundbreaking class action that had been certified relating to contamination from the Sydney Tar Ponds and the associated steel and coke plants: MacQueen v. Ispat Sidbec Inc. This is another major setback to plaintiffs in contaminated land …

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Published on: 22 Jan 2014 By , ,

Proposed Ontario Bill will Impact Unpaid Wages and Temporary Hiring Agencies

Bill 146, entitled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act,” was recently introduced into the Ontario Legislature by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour for the governing Liberal party. Among other minor adjustments, the proposed changes would significantly increase employees’ ability to…

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Published on: 20 Jan 2014 By

Landmark lead paint abatement case decided in California

In a landmark lead paint liability case, the Superior Court of California has held three of five paint companies liable for public nuisance. The court ordered them to clean up lead paint in California residences painted before 1978, at a total cost of $1.15 billion. The use of lead in interi…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2014 By

Public Access to documents through the Environmental Registry

In two cases we blogged about last month (Brimley Progress v. Director, MOE and Environment Hamilton v. Director, MOE), the ERT found that the public should have access to the documents that support Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) applications, or form part of their the final ECAR…

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