Want to hear my presentation on why water rates will keep going up?
Dianne’s presentation on the panel of the Financial Impact of Regulation session at the Drinking Water Leadership Summit was “exceptionally well received”, according to attendee feedback. The huge costs of the new duty of care under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which comes …Continue reading the post titled Want to hear my presentation on why water rates will keep going up?
Silence Is Golden: What happens when confidentiality provisions are breached?
Settlements with employees often include confidentiality provisions. What happens when those confidentiality provisions are breached? A recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario inTremblay v. 1168531 Ontario Inc. provides some useful guidance. The employer operated a Subway sto…Continue reading the post titled Silence Is Golden: What happens when confidentiality provisions are breached?
Renewable Energy Approvals regulations amended again
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has made more amendments to O. Reg. 359/09, the Renewable Energy Approvals Regulation. As a result of concerns raised during the last round of amendments (July 1), these amendments focus on: Re-issuance of draft site plans to reflect changes to the loc…Continue reading the post titled Renewable Energy Approvals regulations amended again
Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18
Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; a…Continue reading the post titled Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18
Bruce Power Receives $100,000 Penalty for Refrigerant handling Violations
Bruce Power Limited Partnership, operator of the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, has pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999). It received penalties of $100,000 for failure to conduct an annual leak test of all the components of a refri…Continue reading the post titled Bruce Power Receives $100,000 Penalty for Refrigerant handling Violations
Twitter Moot: Common law right to a healthy atmosphere?
Saxe Law Office is proudly sponsoring the environmental law Twitter Moot for the second year. The question being debated by Canadian law students (in 140 characters or less) is: Do Canadians have a legally recognized right to a healthy global atmosphere? If so, large scale emissions of green…Continue reading the post titled Twitter Moot: Common law right to a healthy atmosphere?
Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
What happens to contaminated sites when their corporate owner goes bust? Most of them end up escheating to the province, which is increasingly concerned about costs of managing them. Now, Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure is seeking comments on a proposed new management framework for forf…Continue reading the post titled Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Dianne gave a well received introduction to the law of noise pollution at the Ontario Bar Association’s Halloween breakfast. Topics included what is noise, who regulates it, how the Environmental Protection Act applies, enforcement under the EPA, bylaws and the OMB, and civil suits fo…Continue reading the post titled An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Protecting Your Brand
Stacey Bothwell asks the question, “Are you protecting your brand properly? How do you distinguish your goods and services from others in the marketplace? Is it a quirky logo? Is it a coined word? Is it a piece of property that you have adequately protected? Are you protecting your b…Continue reading the post titled Protecting Your Brand
New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues
The new standing rules in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, have now been interpreted the first two times, with contradictory results. The Prosperity Mine panel, in BC, has wisely interpreted the new standing rules broadly, including experts, Non-Governmental Organizations, Fi…Continue reading the post titled New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues