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…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. IISD VIDEO: Philippines delegate Naderev Saño COP19 Warsaw R…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. If…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
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
Cascades/ Superior paper mill cleanup: final settlement?
Going after individuals for cleanups of historic contamination continues to pay off for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.Continue reading the post titled Cascades/ Superior paper mill cleanup: final settlement?
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…Continue reading the post titled Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Faces Complaints From Neighbors; Could This Happen In Ontario?
Merchants of Doubt
Ever wondered why good science has lost so much traction in public policy, especially in the US? (Though Canada is far from exempt: Consider the Experimental Lakes Area.) Or why so many Americans just won’t seem to accept obvious facts about evolution, climate change, even second hand tobacc…Continue reading the post titled Merchants of Doubt
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…Continue reading the post titled Baker (Northstar Directors') liability appeal has settled
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…Continue reading the post titled Northstar Inc. and the Ministry of the Environment: Are Directors and Officers Responsible for Environmental Remediation?