Upcoming Legislative changes will impact Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations
In 2014 there will be significant changes to the legislation governing Ontario’s not-for-profit corporations. The changes will affect requirements of directors and the by-laws. In this article Curtis discusses the timeline for those changes and recommends first steps for ensuring your not-fo…Continue reading the post titled Upcoming Legislative changes will impact Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations
Is parent company liable for crimes of foreign subsidiary?
The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed Hudbay Minerals’ motion to strike out the claims against it, and its subsidiary, for rapes and other human rights abuses allegedly committed in Guatemala. The Court concluded that the plaintiffs’ claim, that the Canadian parent company is …Continue reading the post titled Is parent company liable for crimes of foreign subsidiary?
Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
The Environmental Review Tribunal has issued another decision approving a 45 turbine wind farm, but strongly recommended that the proponent defer or relocate the two turbines within 800 metres of a bald eagles’ nest.Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest
The Expanding World of Job-Protected Leaves: What’s Next?
Not too long ago, pregnancy and parental leaves were the only job-protected leaves under Ontario’s employment standards laws. Over the course of the last 12 years, new job-protected leaves have been added to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) at an ever-increasing pace: Pe…Continue reading the post titled The Expanding World of Job-Protected Leaves: What’s Next?
Philippines calls for "emergency climate pathway"
In an impassioned speech at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Kyoto Protocol, the Philippines’ chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, called on the parties to take immediate, drastic action to tackle the climate crisis.Continue reading the post titled Philippines calls for "emergency climate pathway"
For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Who is an “officer”? Section 194 of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act imposes substantial duties on corporate officers and directors, without defining who they are. It is essential for people to know whether these duties and this environmental liability applies to them. I…Continue reading the post titled For environmental liability, who is an "officer"?
Regulators of fracking negligent? Alberta case cut down
Can energy and environmental regulators be successfully sued if they allow fracking to contaminate drinking water? Jessica Ernst is trying with her lawsuit against EnCana, the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and the Alberta government for the contamination of her property …Continue reading the post titled Regulators of fracking negligent? Alberta case cut down
Remembrance and Gratitude
This is a day for remembrance and gratitude. We, who live here in Canada, are among the luckiest people in the world, despite the follies and flaws of some of our leaders and governments. From my family’s experience, both in the Holocaust and now, I am acutely aware that peace and secu…Continue reading the post titled Remembrance and Gratitude
How odd: why was CNR fined over its financial assurance?
Some of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s court bulletins are headscratchers. For example, a recent report states that Canadian National Railways was charged, convicted and fined $10,000 ($8,00 plus victim fine surcharge) for failing to completely file its financial assurance f…Continue reading the post titled How odd: why was CNR fined over its financial assurance?
Another environmental conviction for Ministry of Transportation
In an unusual turn of events, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has had two Fisheries Act convictions this fall: one for road construction and design, the other for road maintenance.Continue reading the post titled Another environmental conviction for Ministry of Transportation