Enforcement leads to nature reserve land swap
A cabin owner illegally built a cabin within a conservation reserve. The owner was charged. As part of plea negotiations, the cabin owner proposes a substantial land exchange with the MNR: 40 hectares of new land for the 0.13 where the cabin now stands. MNR now plans to amend the conservatio…View the post titled Enforcement leads to nature reserve land swap
$500,000 Fisheries Act fine for illegal pesticide use on salmon farm
Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act. Its illegal use of a pesticide contributed to substantial lobster kills in southwestern New Brunswick. The court ordered Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. to pay a total of $500,000, one of the largest and most significant penalties …View the post titled $500,000 Fisheries Act fine for illegal pesticide use on salmon farm
Dealing with Family Care Issues in the Workplace
There has never been a time when organizations did not have employees who faced challenges arising from their care obligations to family members. Whether the employee is required to deal with children or parents it can create conflicts with work obligations and the question has always been h…View the post titled Dealing with Family Care Issues in the Workplace
A big win for trees and tree lovers
Warmest congratulations to Clay Ruby for his latest public interest victory: preventing the destruction of a shared mature maple tree by one of the owners. Here is the decision in Hartley vs Cunningham, and the press release on this landmark tree ruling. Look for our analysis in next month…View the post titled A big win for trees and tree lovers
Cree in court battle over environmental assessment and waterpower
The Divisional Court is grappling with a complex battle between two possibly overlapping First Nations over whether a Northern Ontario hydropower project is being lawfully evaluated under the Environmental Assessment Act and an agreement with three First Nations: Cree Nation (MoCreebec Counc…View the post titled Cree in court battle over environmental assessment and waterpower
Modernization of Approvals a big step in the right direction
The Ministry of the Environment’s Modernization of Approvals process is starting to make a real difference: kudos to Marcia Wallace, Doris Dumais and the others involved. It still takes far too long to get many kinds of Environmental Compliance Approvals (often well over a year), but t…View the post titled Modernization of Approvals a big step in the right direction
Northstar former directors case continuing before Tribunal
The Ministry of the Environment’s attempt to impose unlimited personal liability on the directors of a parent company, apparently because they were directors when historic contamination was discovered and/or being cleaned up on and near the land of a subsidiary, continues in front of t…View the post titled Northstar former directors case continuing before Tribunal
Looking Forward: What’s on the horizon?
It’s not always enough to understand and apply the law as it stands today. Employers also need to look to the future in order to make good decisions in the present. This is because today’s decision may be scrutinized by a court or tribunal at some point in the future and any transitions in …View the post titled Looking Forward: What’s on the horizon?
Will Environmental Tribunal enforce public trust in water?
Ecojustice has intervened in an appeal before Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, hoping that they will enforce a public trust in water resources. Nestle Canada Inc. (“Nestle”) runs Ontario’s largest water bottling operation. They pump groundwater from two different sets of wells …View the post titled Will Environmental Tribunal enforce public trust in water?
Innocent owner Kawartha Lakes loses at Court of Appeal
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal, refusing to allow an innocent landowner, City of Kawartha Lakes, to lead evidence about the actual polluters. Everyone agreed that the City was completely innocent of the fuel spill, which flowed onto mun…View the post titled Innocent owner Kawartha Lakes loses at Court of Appeal
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