Supreme Court of Canada eliminates “double jeopardy” for employers in human rights cases.
Sometimes we management-side labour/employment lawyers get a little discouraged by case law which can, on occasion, seem to favour employees. But once in a while there’s good news and it is particularly good when it comes from the Supreme Court of Canada. Last week, the SCC strongly reaffi…Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court of Canada eliminates “double jeopardy” for employers in human rights cases.
Lead: Another reason to worry about car races
Exposure to lead from competition vehicle emissions is a health concern for people who live near and/or attend races.Continue reading the post titled Lead: Another reason to worry about car races
Big odour fine
Halton Recycling Ltd. is an organic waste recycler that was the subject of a large number of odour complaints. It was charged with two counts of discharging odour into the environment which adversely affected its neighbours. The company was also charged with failing to have all recyclables b…Continue reading the post titled Big odour fine
A fun thing to do- and useful
This is the last week to vote in the first round of the ClimateSpark contest for the best environmental/ climate change social projects in Toronto. This important local initiative will distribute over $50,000 in prizes, and there are lots of intriguing candidates, including several that I…Continue reading the post titled A fun thing to do- and useful
Government support, the tar sands, and the CEN
The Canadian Environmental Network, a central body that coordinates over 600 environmental groups, may not be around much longer. Environment Minister Peter Kent recently announced that the Federal Government will no longer be providing the funding that has always made up the bulk of the CEN…Continue reading the post titled Government support, the tar sands, and the CEN
Off shore wind lawsuit
Before the election, the McGuinty government put a moratorium on offshore wind projects, claiming that further research was needed. Now, one of the companies that planned to build an off-shore wind farm in Lake Ontario is suing for compensation.Continue reading the post titled Off shore wind lawsuit
Environmental causes of action
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Smith v Inco is requiring Canadian environmental lawyers to carefully rethink environmental causes of action–who can sue who for what? How can Smith v. Inco be reconciled with St. Lawrence Cement v. Barrette? (Different type of nuisance). Why can non-to…Continue reading the post titled Environmental causes of action
Escheat is very popular
One of the popular ways of dealing with contaminated sites that are “underwater” i.e. where the economic value of the property does not justify remediation, is to abandon it by letting it escheat to the Crown. Escheat happens when a corporation is dissolved, leaving no one to receive its …Continue reading the post titled Escheat is very popular
Another noise lawsuit
A group of Calgary residents have launched another civil lawsuit, trying to force a local chicken processing plant (Lilydale) to slash noise and odour. The statement of claim asks the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to order Lilydale to stop night-time trucking at its Hurst Road plant, limit …Continue reading the post titled Another noise lawsuit
What will the new TCE health classification mean?
Now that the US EPA has classified TCE as a carcinogen, and dangerous at levels previously believed to be safe, what will happen to risk assessments and other regulatory decision-making in Ontario? Noted risk assessor, Brett Ibbotson, tells me that the new numbers are two to four times as st…Continue reading the post titled What will the new TCE health classification mean?