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Published on: 30 Mar 2017 By

Class Action Case Comment: Mancinelli v Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 ONSC 87

Background: In this proposed class action brought under Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992, SO 1992, c 6 (the “CPA”), the plaintiffs allege that the defendant financial institutions conspired with each other to fix prices in the market for foreign exchange instruments.  The plaintiffs all…

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Published on: 23 Mar 2017 By

Canada rejoins the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

On March 21, 2017, Canada officially once again become a party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (“UNCCD”). The UNCCD was established in 1994 to address the problems arising from the increasing arid areas of the world, where many of the world’s poorest and most vulne…

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Published on: 22 Mar 2017 By

The Problem of Too Much Soil and Dirty Fill

At the end of December, 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) in Ontario released its Excess Soil Policy Framework. The problem of excess soil is not a small one, and it has been gaining more attention, particularly as big cities seek to intensify, creating vast quan…

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Published on: 21 Mar 2017 By

The Importance of Good Lawyer Advice in Family Law

“Common sense seems to have gone out the window”  Lately there seems to be a trend in which judges have been rendering decisions where they are censoring litigants, counsel and government bodies such as Legal Aid of Ontario. In a recent decision the court found fault with the parties and Leg…

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Published on: 20 Mar 2017 By

$120,000 Fine for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited (“Aecon”) is in the business of constructing complex highway infrastructure, airfields projects, residential and commercial developments, landfills,  and bridges in addition to other large infrastructure projects. On February 8, 2017 Aecon pled guilty…

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Published on: 14 Mar 2017 By

Another Migratory Bird Convention Act Conviction for Harm to Bank Swallows

On February 9, 2017, a construction company pled guilty to offences under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (“MBCA”) for the destruction of Bank Swallow eggs, nests and nest shelters. This resulted in fines of $7,500 to be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. Enforcement office…

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