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Published on: 30 May 2013 By

Tattoos and Trustworthiness – Discrimination for Decoration?

Do you have tattoos?  Do you trust professionals with tattoos? Fashion is constantly changing and more and more people have tattoos and are displaying them in the workplace. In her latest blog post Beth Traynor looks at a 2012 Labour Arbitration decision on whether or not a hospital could ba…

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Published on: 27 May 2013 By

$500,000 Fisheries Act fine for illegal pesticide use on salmon farm

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act. Its illegal use of a pesticide contributed to substantial lobster kills in southwestern New Brunswick. The court ordered Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. to pay a total of $500,000, one of the largest and most significant penalties …

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Published on: 22 May 2013 By

Cree in court battle over environmental assessment and waterpower

The Divisional Court is grappling with a complex battle between two possibly overlapping First Nations over whether a Northern Ontario hydropower project is being lawfully evaluated under the Environmental Assessment Act and an agreement with three First Nations: Cree Nation (MoCreebec Counc…

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Published on: 16 May 2013 By

Northstar former directors case continuing before Tribunal

The Ministry of the Environment’s attempt to impose unlimited personal liability on the directors of a parent company,  apparently because they were directors when historic contamination was discovered and/or being cleaned up on and near the land of a subsidiary, continues in front of …

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Published on: 16 May 2013 By

Looking Forward: What’s on the horizon?

It’s not always enough to understand and apply the law as it stands today.  Employers also need to look to the future in order to make good decisions in the present.  This is because today’s decision may be scrutinized by a court or tribunal at some point in the future and any transitions in the...

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Published on: 13 May 2013 By

Innocent owner Kawartha Lakes loses at Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal, refusing to allow an innocent landowner, City of Kawartha Lakes, to lead evidence about the actual polluters. Everyone agreed that the City was completely innocent of the fuel spill, which flowed onto mun…

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Published on: 9 May 2013 By

Gender Expression and Gender Identity: New Protected Grounds of Discrimination

In June 2000, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Policy on Discrimination and Harassment because of Gender Identity, taking the position that the ground of sex could be used to protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment.  The OHRC also called for an …

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