Terminating Employees on Job-Protected Leaves: Can I do it?
I recently blogged about the Expanding World of Job-Protected Leaves. In short, 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. Employers sometimes call me expressing concern about su…Continue reading the post titled Terminating Employees on Job-Protected Leaves: Can I do it?
Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
Environmental regulators and tribunals bear substantial responsibilities and make important decisions regarding development in Canada. If they won’t listen to opponents of a project, will they breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The issue has been raised before the cour…Continue reading the post titled Freedom of expression before environmental regulators and tribunals?
New Health & Safety Training Obligations
On Christmas Eve 2009 an unfortunate workplace accident took the life of four workers and sparked the Ontario government into action. The Province undertook a review of the existing workplace health and safety training programs. The result has been the implementation of new, mandatory H&…Continue reading the post titled New Health & Safety Training Obligations
Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
Many of you will be attending the Institute of Corporate Directors‘ very popular webinar this Thursday, on the Ministry of the Environment’s campaign to impose no-fault environmental liability on corporate officers and directors. I will be one of the presenters, together with Ne…Continue reading the post titled Institute of Corporate Directors Webinar on No-fault Director's Liability
MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Last month, the Ministry of the Environment’s new noise guideline came into force: NPC 300 – the new Environmental Noise Guideline: Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning. It replaces the three old guidelines, LU-131, NPC-205, and NPC-232. NPC 300 includes …Continue reading the post titled MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300
Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Trillium Power Wind Corporation’s planned off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario was effectively cancelled by the provincial moratorium on off-shore wind development, openly adopted for political reasons. Trillium sued the Province for $2.25 billion in costs thrown away and loss of profi…Continue reading the post titled Off-shore wind law suit against Ontario will proceed
Buyer can’t void purchase of contaminated land
Crosslink Bridge Corp. (Crosslink) purchased contaminated land from CN Railway (CN) in 2008 to develop a tourism, entertainment, retail and sports venue in the Niagara region. Crosslink received a box of environmental reports, including the Certificate of Requirement (also registered on titl…Continue reading the post titled Buyer can’t void purchase of contaminated land
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. Lewis v. MOE, 13-044 is an appeal from a Renewable Energy Approval Nu…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Tribunal reluctantly approves wind turbines near eagles' nest