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Published on: 14 Nov 2013 By

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.1 Over the course of the last 12 years, new job-protected leaves have been added to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”)2 at an ever-increasing pace: Persona…

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Published on: 13 Nov 2013 By

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. If…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2013 By

Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Faces Complaints From Neighbors; Could This Happen In Ontario?

Hoy Fong Foods, the maker of popular hot sauce Sriracha, has come under criticism from its neighbors who claim that its factory in California is emitting an unpleasant odour. Is this a case of NIMBYism or a legitimate complaint? Perhaps a more pressing question for Ontario business owners is…

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Published on: 29 Oct 2013 By

Baker (Northstar Directors') liability appeal has settled

Ten corporate officers and directors have paid $4.75 million to be released from the Northstar Canada cleanup order, even though the Ministry of the Environment admits that none of them were at fault for causing the contamination.  Some were not even on the Northstar Canada board. The Enviro…

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Published on: 29 Oct 2013 By

Northstar Inc. and the Ministry of the Environment: Are Directors and Officers Responsible for Environmental Remediation?

How much responsibility do Directors and Officers bear for environmental contamination? The answer is not clear from the text of the Environmental Protection Act and currently the Ontario Courts are considering the issue in Baker v Ministry of the Environment. In this blog post, Paula Lombar…

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