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Published on: 15 Oct 2013 By

Imposing liability on the innocent bad news for economy

Current Ministry of the Environment efforts to impose environmental cleanup liability on the innocent are bad news for the Ontario economy, according to an Expert Report by noted economist Sherry Cooper. They are also harmful to the social contract and the rule of law, according to Dianne…

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Published on: 10 Oct 2013 By

Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty

The federal government is continuing its strategy of infrequent environmental prosecutions with large penalties. Last week, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven offences for the illegal export of  250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States over sev…

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Published on: 10 Oct 2013 By

What are uninsured, unidentified and underinsured motorist claims?

I. Third-Party Liability Coverage: Who pays for damages if I am injured, but it is not my fault? In Ontario, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident you may commence a lawsuit against an at-fault driver to compensate for your injuries and losses. Usually, the at-fault driver’s o…

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Published on: 8 Oct 2013 By

Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries

The Ministry of the Environment has reminded Ontario businesses that toxic substance reduction plan summaries under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and its regulation (O. Reg. 455/09) must be filed through Environment Canada’s Single Window (formerly known as the One Window to National Enviro…

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Published on: 8 Oct 2013 By

Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner

Ashford Cleaners Inc., a Toronto dry cleaner operating in Toronto, Ontario, is one of the first to pay the new, higher fines for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), as it was amended last year. Ashfor Cleaners agreed to pay $60,000 to the Environmenta…

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Published on: 3 Oct 2013 By

Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals

The Ontario Court of Appeal has released its decisions in the Ministry of the Environment’s appeals from Justice Geoffrey Morawetz in Re Nortel and Re Northstar. In both cases, Justice Morawetz rejected MOE attempts to claim priority over secured creditors by ordering insolvent compani…

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Published on: 3 Oct 2013 By ,

What are the requirements of a legal Will in Ontario?

Siskinds lawyer Laura Geddes writes about what is required in order for a Will to be considered valid. Often people attempt to write their own Will, but if it does not conform to the legal guidelines then it will not be recognized and it may not be possible to follow through on their wishes. Many...

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