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Published on: 4 Dec 2012 By (Dianne Saxe)

Canada must answer: why aren't we protecting polar bears?

As the polar bears of the Beaufort Sea face record low ice, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has issued a determination, requiring a response from Canada to submission SEM-11-003 (Protection of Polar Bears). A year ago, on 5 December 2011, the US Center f…

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Published on: 3 Dec 2012 By (Dianne Saxe)

Combined sewer overflows into Great Lakes going down

This month’s issue of Water Canada has some good news about what has been done to cut the flow of untreated sewage into the Great Lakes over the last 40 years. “Curbing the Flow” chronicles the steps that have been taken to slash raw and combined sewer overflows in four Can…

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Published on: 27 Nov 2012 By (Dianne Saxe)

Town liable for negligence re developer's storm sewer

Property owners often suffered damage when storm and sanitary sewers malfunction. Canadian municipalities are generally exempt from civil suits in nuisance relating to their sewers, due to special statutes adopted across the country. However, they can be successfully sued in negligence. Such…

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Published on: 26 Nov 2012 By (Dianne Saxe)

When will Ontario courts refuse to impose minimum environmental fines?

Now that mandatory minimum environmental fines are so high, courts occasionally refuse to impose them.  For example, in R v. KIE Farms Ltd., a justice of the peace refused to impose a $25,000 minimum fine on a local farm, even though seepage from its corn silo made a local  watercourse toxic…

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Published on: 26 Nov 2012 By

Jurisdictional Issues in Canadian Defamation Law: Can you sue in your home province?

In this new article Siskinds Associate Mike Polvere takes an in depth look at the issue of cross border litigation and defamation. He discusses how the courts go about choosing the best jurisdiction to hear the matter. Is it prudent to start a libel action in Canada if the person who defamed…

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Published on: 26 Nov 2012 By

Jurisdictional Issues in Canadian Defamation Law: Can you sue in your home province? New Article by Mike Polvere of Siskinds LLP

In this new article Siskinds Associate Mike Polvere takes an in depth look at the issue of cross border litigation and defamation. He discusses how the courts go about choosing the best jurisdiction to hear the matter. Read the full article here.

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Published on: 23 Nov 2012 By (Dianne Saxe)

Large personal and corporate fines for importing refrigerant

Velocity Inc., in Valleyfield, Quebec, and Stéphane Poirier, its President, were fined $37,200 after pleading guilty to illegally importing 600 cylinders of a popular refrigerant chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22, or R?22). R-22 is one of many refrigerants whose import, export, use and sale in …

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