Helping out in the Gambia
Our associate, Meredith James, recently returned from some pro bono guest lectures at the University of the Gambia’s Faculty of Law. She spoke to the first year torts class about environmental torts and how they might be used in local scenarios. For example, open burning of waste is a common…Continue reading the post titled Helping out in the Gambia
Waterpower is not always green
I’ve supported renewable energy for more than 30 years, even before my years as legal counsel for the Ministry of Energy. And I’m a strong supporter of the Green Energy Act. But every type of energy generation has drawbacks, and none of them are suitable everywhere. Most solar, w…Continue reading the post titled Waterpower is not always green
Practical Tips for Conducting the Termination Meeting
So the decision has been made to terminate an employee, and you are in charge of delivering the bad news. As difficult as that may be for you, it will undoubtedly be more difficult and uncomfortable for the employee. Below are a number of practical tips to reduce the stress, tension and p…Continue reading the post titled Practical Tips for Conducting the Termination Meeting
Vale Fined $150,000 For Failing To Report Spill
Fines for not reporting environmental spills are soaring. Vale Canada Limited has pled guilty to one violation under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act for failing to notify the Ministry of the Environment of an oleum acid escape during tanker loading.Continue reading the post titled Vale Fined $150,000 For Failing To Report Spill
Big personal fine for contractor
Fines imposed on individuals for environmental offences keep increasing.Continue reading the post titled Big personal fine for contractor
NTREE: who understands climate risks?
In its Advisory Report – Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides a fascinating insight into the way different business sectors perceive, and disclose, the risks associated with climate…Continue reading the post titled NTREE: who understands climate risks?
Federal contaminated sites
In the 2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Commissioner focuses on the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection, the continuing debate often misdescribed as “jobs versus the environment.” He again concludes that…Continue reading the post titled Federal contaminated sites
Now You Too Can Be An Employment Lawyer!
Or maybe not. But there is a new resource that is freely available to anyone with access to the internet which provides interesting reading for anyone with an interest in employment law. CanLII (it’s short for the “Canadian Legal Information Institute”) maintains a searchable database of ca…Continue reading the post titled Now You Too Can Be An Employment Lawyer!
New rules on soil movement
Ontario has struggled for many years to provide clear, consistent, effective rules to govern the huge amount of soil that contractors move from place to place. Is it a product? a waste? Where can it go? How clean is clean? There is so much confusion that municipalities, such as Clarington, a…Continue reading the post titled New rules on soil movement
Low Carbon Policies
Interested in some really good thinking on low carbon policies, that might help lead to the future that Amory Lovins describes? Katie Sullivan of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) offers :Continue reading the post titled Low Carbon Policies