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Thursday, August 05, 2021 @ 3:25 PM

Ottawa looking at approval process for pesticides Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

The federal government is launching a consultation on its pesticide approval process while also pausing any increases to the maximum residue level allowed on food. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

Codes of conduct: Training and international trade compliance Code of Ethics checklist

As we discussed in our first article, a corporate Code of Conduct (code) is an important method for companies to mitigate legal and reputational risk by promoting ethical and responsible conduct of their employees. Internal training is an important tool for creating awareness of these ethical and compliance obligations. Training sessions can help remind employees of their obligations, but also enhance their decision-making skills by applying the principles in the code to real-life situations that they may encounter in their everyday work. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

Jones Act, offshore wind projects, implications for Nova Scotian ports Offshore windmills

A piece of United States federal legislation may provide Nova Scotia’s ports with inadvertent economic benefits. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

Company directors must look at legal duties through a fresh climate lens: report Cynthia Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School

The time has come for company directors to start paying close attention to the legal risks of climate change, according to a multijurisdictional report which also says the incidence of climate-related litigation is likely to increase. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 8:48 AM

Codes of conduct: Guiding principles for corporate governance Code of ethics checklist

Adopting a corporate Code of Conduct (code) is an important method for companies to mitigate legal and reputational risk by promoting ethical and responsible conduct of their employees. Codes also offer an opportunity to define a company’s mission, its values and core principles concerning the conduct of its business. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Time for boards to stop greenwashing, get serious about net-zero carbon Carbon Neutral stamp

Companies and countries all over the world are committing to net-zero goals and pledges to diversity, equity and inclusion, human rights — the list goes on. In fact, we are in the middle of the biggest commitment to a green future in history. ... [read more]

Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 3:30 PM

Climate change, mental health, reconciliation high on new Governor General’s agenda Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

On the day of her installation as Canada’s 30th Governor General, Mary Simon said she is “honoured, humbled and ready to be Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:46 AM

Canada finally has climate accountability framework | Alan Andrews

Canadians (and generations of Canadians to come) require action from the leaders of today to blunt the climate crisis already unfolding around us. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 9:01 AM

Rethinking degree of proof required in Indigenous legal actions | Stephen O’Neill

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”           James Baldwin ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 10:52 AM

Environmental justice in nuclear age Three barrels of nuclear waste

With climate change and environmental degradation one of the world’s most pressing issues, many are on a valiant quest to produce greener and more efficient energy. A particularly poignant case study is nuclear power, which is often presented and discussed as a clean form of energy. However, the entire life cycle of nuclear energy production — from uranium mining to radioactive waste storage — must be considered. There are health risks and costs along the way, and vulnerable and exploited people risk continue to risk bearing them under the status quo. ... [read more]