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Published on: 16 Jul 2013 By

No personal environmental conviction without knowledge or participation

When is an individual liable to conviction for a corporate environmental offence? The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has insisted that management personnel are automatically liable for corporate environmental offences, and has laid numerous charges on this basis. The Summary Conviction …

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Published on: 15 Jul 2013 By

Northstar/ Baker Order: Government doesn't have to explain its case

The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled that the Director, Ministry of the Environment, doesn’t have to specify its basis for imposing personal liability, by order, on the former directors and officers of two Northstar companies (Baker v. Director), at least not now. Despite uncont…

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Published on: 12 Jul 2013 By

What Should You Do If You Are Being Investigated?

Previously, Clearing the Air examined the difference between an MOE inspection and an investigation. In her latest entry, Paula Lombardi provides details on what you should do if you find yourself the subject of an investigation. If you are being investigated or inspected, having a clear ope…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2013 By

Climate change worsening extreme weather everywhere

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any…

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Published on: 10 Jul 2013 By

$150,000 fine and jail for illegal non-hazardous waste dumping

Penalties for environmental offences continue to rise. North Shore Express Ltd was fined $150,000 and its owner sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation for depositing non-hazardous sludge contrary to the terms of its environmental compliance approval. Daniel Andrew Tiessen owns…

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Published on: 9 Jul 2013 By

No Ostrander wind farm because access road bad for turtles

Bravo to the Environmental Review Tribunal for standing up for endangered species.  On July 3, after a 40-day hearing, the ERT revoked Gilead Power’s renewable energy approval (REA) to develop a wind farm on 324 hectares of Crown land in Prince Edward County’s Ostrander Point. But not becaus…

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Published on: 9 Jul 2013 By

An Introduction to Medical Malpractice: Do I have a case?

Jill McCartney of the Siskinds Malpractice department explains how you can determine if your case is a Malpractice case. Jill also explains when you should be contacting a lawyer as well as what to expect during you initial consultation. Law and medicine converge in cases involving potential…

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Published on: 9 Jul 2013 By

Doug Worndl listed in 2013 Expert Guide to World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers

Siskinds would like to congratulate partner Douglas Worndl on recently being named to the 2013 Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers. Doug is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Sciences (BA specializing in economics and history, with distinction, 19…

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Published on: 8 Jul 2013 By

Agent Orange report confirms: some Ontario workers were poisoned

The Ontario government has released a report concluding that some pesticide applicators in Ontario were exposed to dangerous levels of Agent Orange between 1948 and 1979 — the same chemical used to defoliate the jungle during the Vietnam War. Although most Agent Orange was used by municipali…

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