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Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 8:18 AM

For companies and their boards, the heat is on Dial turned from hot to hotter

The past week we have seen companies, countries and corporate directors ordered to act on climate, by climate activists, shareholder activists and youth activists. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 11:59 AM

Appeal allowed against Enbridge Inc. in duty of care dispute; court orders trial

Duty of care owed by Enbridge Inc. has been raised as a triable issue in a case before the Ontario Court of Appeal after an explosion damaged an apartment building where the gas regulators were maintained by a subsidiary company. Counsel involved in the case noted that there are “important lessons for lawyers” from the decision that deal with “corporate governance and the relationship between parent companies and their subsidiaries.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

Landmark Dutch case creates legal obligation to reduce carbon emissions shellstation

On May 26, 2021, The Hague District Court in the Netherlands ordered Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) to reduce the CO2 emissions of its group of Shell companies (referred to as the Shell Group) by net 45 per cent per in 2030 as compared to 2019 levels. The Shell Group is made up of 1,100 companies that produce, refine and sell oil, gas and other energy products across the world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Lawyer to be honoured by The Advocates’ Society

David C. Nahwegahbow of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Genoodmagejig is the recipient of The Advocates’ Society Award of Justice. The award will be presented June 17. ... [read more]

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

Pension trustee liability: Managing climate-related risks | Janis Sarra

A new legal opinion released on May 26 by pension expert Randy Bauslaugh of McCarthy Tétrault, titled: Climate Change, Legal Implications for Canadian Pension Plan Fiduciaries and Policy-Makers, provides the first national opinion on the scope of duties of trustees and other pension fiduciaries in respect of climate change. Bauslaugh states that his opinion does not arise from any moral or social desire to save the planet; rather, a basic application of fiduciary obligation imposed by minimum Canadian pension standards legislation and common law means that pension fiduciaries have a key responsibility in managing climate-related risks in their investment of pension plan assets. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Science is taking backseat in Ontario legislature | Devon Page

As the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged Ontario, cases ballooned and ICU beds filled up. Even in the midst of this crisis, the Ontario government ignored the advice of experts to implement better protections and paid sick days for frontline workers who have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:16 PM

Law firm marketing during a pandemic: Helpful tips and strategies to avoid Person in cellphone attracting people with magnet and target in background

Whether you are on Bay Street or a sole practitioner, COVID-19 has turned the practice of law, and most everything else, on its head. We are working from home when needed. We are adapting. And, while we continue to look forward to a return to (some form of) normalcy, changes impelled by the pandemic are likely here to stay. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 9:32 AM

‘We lost the battle but won the war’ in fight against Alberta inquiry, environmental group says Devon Page, Ecojustice

Although it lost in its court fight to put an end to a controversial inquiry into so-called “anti-Alberta” energy campaigns, environmental law charity Ecojustice is saying it is pleased with the outcome because the lawsuit and the attention paid to it may have blunted much of the inquiry’s impact. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY - Contaminated land - Site remediation

Appeal by Victory Motors and Jansen Industries and cross-appeal by Super-Save from an order allocating costs of environmental remediation between the parties. Jansen owned two contiguous parcels of land with commercial use buildings situated thereon. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]