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Province to update guidelines for regional solid waste management plans

The Province has announced on May 21 that it intends to review and update the guidelines for the preparation of regional solid waste management plans.  The news release can be found at the following link: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/changes-coming-to-solid-waste-management-planning-process. 

We will be following this development closely and will report on its evolution.

Members of the public have limited ability to challenge the operation of municipal landfills

A recent decision of the Environmental Appeal Board (the “EAB”) in Christina Harder and Karl Den Boer v. Director, Environmental Management Act (March 25, 2015) illustrates that members of the public have limited ability to challenge the operation of municipal waste management facilities.

Bank breached privacy by providing wrong address to credit bureau and failing to correct inaccuracy in a timely manner

In Albayate v Bank of Montreal 2015 BCSC 695, Ms. Albayate claimed she suffered damages as a result of the bank changing her address in its computer system without her knowledge or consent. Ms. Albayate said that, as a result of the change, her bank statements were sent to her ex-husband’s address and her incorrect address and telephone number were provided to two credit reporting bureaus.

BCCA upholds single breach of privacy as cause for termination of employment: Steel v Coast Capital 2015 BCCA 127

In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, 2013 BCSC 527, Madam Justice Ross held that an employee with over twenty years of service could be terminated for cause for accessing a confidential document for her own purposes and, in doing so, violating the protocols and policies of her employer.  We wrote about it in a previous newsletter.

Ms Steel appealed the decision, and lost again in a 2-1 split of the BC Court of Appeal

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