$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…Continue reading the post titled $120,000 Fine for Ontario Water Resources Act Violations
Large fine for smuggling items made of endangered species
Environment Canada has issued a $75,000 fine to a woman who pled guilty to two counts of violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). The WAPPRIITA, which is a regulation made under the Wild Animal and Plant Protect…Continue reading the post titled Large fine for smuggling items made of endangered species
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…Continue reading the post titled Another Migratory Bird Convention Act Conviction for Harm to Bank Swallows
International Women’s Day
Are you experiencing an abnormally high level of absenteeism among female employees today? If so, here’s a great article featuring advice from some of our most respected employment law colleagues: The “Women’s Strike”: What employers need to knowContinue reading the post titled International Women’s Day
$975,000 Fine for PCB Violations
On December 20, 2016, Tidan Inc. and seven of its associated companies (“Tidan Group”) pled guilty to 52 charges under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (“CEPA”) relating to the improper management of PCB-containing electrical equipment and were fined $975,000. As part of its convict…Continue reading the post titled $975,000 Fine for PCB Violations
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
In the context of a personal injury claim, alternative dispute resolution (also referred to as “ADR”), is a means for the parties to discuss a settlement of the claim without the need for a trial. The term ADR can refer to mediation, arbitration or even formal settlement discussions. ADR is …Continue reading the post titled What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Logging companies fined $2.2 million under the Fisheries Act
On January 9, 2016 following convictions under the Fisheries Act in 2015, three companies were fined $2.2 million in a B.C. Provincial Court, for offences dating back to October 2010. The fines were imposed under the former Fisheries Act provisions for the “harmful alteration, destruction an…Continue reading the post titled Logging companies fined $2.2 million under the Fisheries Act
Significant Fisheries Act fine issued to owner of Quebec refinery
Valero Energy Inc., the owner of the Lévis, Quebec-based Jean-Gaulin Refinery, has received a $500,000 fine for violating the Fisheries Act. Reportedly, in 2008, the company accidentally released some 200,000 litres of heavy fuel oil into a stream that flows into the Saint-Lawrence River. En…Continue reading the post titled Significant Fisheries Act fine issued to owner of Quebec refinery
Potential Changes to Employment Legislation May Mean Increased Liability for Franchisors
The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review’s final report is expected to be delivered in the next few weeks and, if some of the ideas contained in its interim report become law, franchisors may find themselves liable as employers of their franchisees’ employees, regardless of the franchisor’s ac…Continue reading the post titled Potential Changes to Employment Legislation May Mean Increased Liability for Franchisors
Hudson Bay Company ordered to pay $765,000 for PCB Violations
Last December, the Hudson’s Bay Company was fined for a large release of PCBs into the St. Lawrence River in 2011. The release involved 146 kg of PCBs, exceeding the permitted amount by 146,000 times, though it was estimated that 48 kg were discharged into the St. Lawrence. On December 7, 20…Continue reading the post titled Hudson Bay Company ordered to pay $765,000 for PCB Violations
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