Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
On Friday, we described how the Navigable Waters Protection Act is being slashed so that it applies to only 62 named lakes and rivers and renamed the Navigation Protection Act. Here are some of the other environmental changes in the new Omnibus Bill, C-45:Continue reading the post titled Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
When governments adopt surprising new interpretations of existing laws, shouldn’t they have to tell the regulated community before they start prosecuting them?Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
Letter of Wishes: How to assist trustees in the distribution of trust
Stacey Bothwell looks into what can be done by Parents and business owners to establish a letter of wishes, designating Trustees and beneficiaries upon unexpected death.I recently had the opportunity to draft a letter of wishes in the context of the reorganization of a corporate group and es…Continue reading the post titled Letter of Wishes: How to assist trustees in the distribution of trust
Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government
What happens when municipal bylaws try to control energy or resource projects authorized by the federal or provincial governments? (They have some scope). How far will the Spraytech precedent take them? Can corporations use federal insolvency laws to cleanse themselves of irksome environment…Continue reading the post titled Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government
Controversial sewage sludge processing plant approved
Ontario has also approved a new facility to convert organic waste, such as sewage sludge, into uncontrolled compost that can be used on agricultural lands. The Lystek plant in Southgate has met pitched opposition from many local residents, The newly approved sewage sludge and organic waste p…Continue reading the post titled Controversial sewage sludge processing plant approved
Court Of Appeal Finds That Disrespectful, Insubordinate Communication Is Irreconcilable With Continuing Employment
Employers often tell me they feel like employees have ALL the rights in the employment relationship. While that isn’t entirely true, I certainly understand why it can seem that way. But here’s some good news – the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently came down solidly on the side of th…Continue reading the post titled Court Of Appeal Finds That Disrespectful, Insubordinate Communication Is Irreconcilable With Continuing Employment
Compost rules have been finalized
Three years after the initial consultation, Ontario now has new rules for composting and the use of compost.Continue reading the post titled Compost rules have been finalized
Sobering Thoughts: Hosting Social Functions with Alcohol and How to Reduce Your Liability
The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler. Fall is clearly here. For many employers, this means that plans for the office holiday party are in the works. It also means that many employees will be consuming alcohol at an employer-sponsored event. [Read More…] The days are g…Continue reading the post titled Sobering Thoughts: Hosting Social Functions with Alcohol and How to Reduce Your Liability
Strategic Considerations in Termination Cases – Part I
When giving advice to employers in cases in which an employee has been terminated without just cause, lawyers often start by assessing what a reasonable notice period might be (after first determining that there is no written employment agreement with a valid termination clause). Of course,…Continue reading the post titled Strategic Considerations in Termination Cases – Part I
Enviro West v Copper Mountain, everyone is liable
A long running lawsuit over liability for PCB wastes may finally be over. In Enviro West Inc v. Copper Mountain Mining Corp. a waste hauler, Enviro West, unknowingly picked up waste oil highly contaminated with PCBs and mixed it with uncontaminated oil, resulting in substantial damages. At …Continue reading the post titled Enviro West v Copper Mountain, everyone is liable