Category Employment/Labour Law

SCC’s May Appeals Affect Paralegal Scope Matters

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s list of appeals for May includes several cases that could affect the paralegal scope of practice. Employment, privilege and privacy are among the key principles the court is asked to consider this month:     David M. Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, a statutory body corporate […]

Mill Fined $275,000 for Deadly Explosion

At Thunder Bay provincial court on April 4, Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. pleaded guilty  to charges related to a deadly industrial accident in 2011. Justice Joyce Pelletier fined the company $275,000. Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. had been charged after an explosion that killed a worker at its mill in northern Ontario in 2011. The company […]

Supervisor Jailed for OHSA Violation, Lying to Investigators

Roofing Medics Ltd., a roofing installation company based in Brampton, has been fined $50,000, and supervisor Paul Markewycz jailed for 15 days, for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). A worker was killed in a fall, in August 2011. Markewycz and three employees were working a new roofing project in Toronto. One of […]

Ontario Leads the Way in OHSA Fines, Criminal Convictions

Since Bill C-45 amended the Criminal Code in 2004, prosecutions and convictions under occupational health and safety regulations have increased — nowhere more so than in Ontario. Record fines in the recent Vale Canada Limited and Metron Construction cases highlight the impact the occupational health and safety and criminal negligence changes have had. The Criminal […]

Civil Remedy for Human Rights – A Legal First

A London court has awarded human rights damages in a wrongful dismissal action — the first such determination under provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code that were enacted in 2008. The decision found that temporary illnesses or injuries are considered disabilities under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Inc., 2013 ONSC […]

* Saturday * Raising the Bar — Substantially

A challenging Continuing Profession Development (CPD) event slated for October will provide licensees with substantive information relevant across a broad range of practice. George Brown, CEO of George Brown Professional Corporation, and Director and Secretary of the Ontario Paralegal Network, says the all-day Raising the Bar Substantially CPD starts with an in-depth analysis of contract […]

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