LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 5: Comments ended on Canada’s most innovative workplace violence and harassment bill since Ontario Bill 168. Highlights of Bill C-65:
- Stronger privacy and reprisal protections for employees who complain of harassment
- New employee right to have complaints investigated by neutral third parties and resolved via informal resolution
- Employee right to sue employer for not protecting them from violence/harassment for up to 3 months after employment ends.
Sept. 24: Second reading in the House for Bill C-81 which would require federally regulated employers to create accessibility plans for identifying, removing and preventing barriers to the disabled. The so-called Accessible Canada Act, which is modeled on Ontario’s accessibility legislation, carries maximum penalties of $250,000 per violation and allows disabled individuals to sue for money damages. Manitoba and Nova Scotia have also adopted accessibility laws.
Sept. 22: Siloxanes and silicones (di-Me, mono[3-[(2-methyl-1-oxo-2-propenyl)oxy]propyl] groupterminated, polymers with Bu methacrylate, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate and Me methacrylate), have been added to the list of toxic or potentially toxic substances under Sec. 83 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Translation: Businesses must now provide the government an SNAc notice before engaging in “significant new activities” involving those substances.
Sept. 15: After conducting review, the government has decided not to add the following to the list of substances posing a threat to the environment or bio-diversity under Sec. 83 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act:
- Substances in the Nitro Musks Group, including musk ketone and musk xylene
- The 11 substances in the Antimony-containing Substances Group.
Sept. 17: The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issued revised physical and psychological fitness guidelines that individuals must meet to be licenced as nuclear security officers (NSOs). Major change: Updated Nuclear Security Fitness Test.
Sept. 11: The government awarded $2.014 million in funding for 41 new municipal infrastructure projects designed to reduce carbon emissions.
Sept.: New additions to the list of fish species critical habitats protected by the Species At Risk Act:
- Atlantic Whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani) found in 2 southwestern Nova Scotia watersheds
- Carmine Shiner (Notropis percobromus) found in the Whitemouth, Birch and Winnipeg river watersheds.