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Published on: 17 Oct 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 15 Oct 2012 By

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…

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Published on: 11 Oct 2012 By

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 …

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Published on: 3 Oct 2012 By

Pesticide crimes by Scotts, largest fine, 50 years after Silent Spring

In September, the Scotts Miracle-Gro pesticide company was sentenced to pay the largest ever criminal penalty, and the largest ever civil penalty, for deliberate violations of the US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Scott’s sold 70 million pounds of bird foo…

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