The Problem of Too Much Soil and Dirty Fill
At the end of December, 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) in Ontario released its Excess Soil Policy Framework. The problem of excess soil is not a small one, and it has been gaining more attention, particularly as big cities seek to intensify, creating vast quan…View the post titled The Problem of Too Much Soil and Dirty Fill
The Importance of Good Lawyer Advice in Family Law
“Common sense seems to have gone out the window” Lately there seems to be a trend in which judges have been rendering decisions where they are censoring litigants, counsel and government bodies such as Legal Aid of Ontario. In a recent decision the court found fault with the parties and Leg…View the post titled The Importance of Good Lawyer Advice in Family Law
$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…View 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…View 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…View 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 knowView 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…View 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 …View 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…View 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…View the post titled Significant Fisheries Act fine issued to owner of Quebec refinery
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