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
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…View 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…View the post titled Hudson Bay Company ordered to pay $765,000 for PCB Violations
Former Employee Successfully Sued for Defamation for Facebook Posts
In recent years, careless, or let’s say, less than sensible comments on social media have gotten countless employees in trouble with their boss. Employees who have used Facebook as a forum for posting threatening language and vile insults about a supervisor or offensive accusations about the…View the post titled Former Employee Successfully Sued for Defamation for Facebook Posts
The Canadian Government is Considering Coal Mining Effluent Regulations
The federal government is contemplating the introduction of new limits on effluent discharges from coal mines. The new regulations are proposed to be introduced under the Fisheries Act and would limit the levels of suspended solids, nitrates, and selenium that can be discharged and would req…View the post titled The Canadian Government is Considering Coal Mining Effluent Regulations
Looking Both Ways: Contributory Negligence of Children in Personal Injury Cases
Unlike adults, children often do not have the maturity to know what to do when walking across or near roadways. Without adult supervision or an understanding of road safety, children may risk becoming involved in an accident and be found to share some responsibility. The Ontario Court of App…View the post titled Looking Both Ways: Contributory Negligence of Children in Personal Injury Cases
Ontario Announces Continuation of Offshore Wind Turbine Moratorium
Ontario announced earlier this week that it would be extending its moratorium on offshore wind turbine projects. The province had initially announced the moratorium back in 2011. The government has indicated that it requires further research before authorizing the development of off-shore wi…View the post titled Ontario Announces Continuation of Offshore Wind Turbine Moratorium
National Energy Board Hearings for Energy East Starting Over
A month and a half after Minister Carr appointed three new panel members to the National Energy Board, the Energy East pipeline review will be starting over from the beginning. We reported in December that the Minister appointed the new members to the Board following the recusal of the forme…View the post titled National Energy Board Hearings for Energy East Starting Over
What is Environmental Due Diligence?
Due diligence is an extremely important concept in environmental regulation and compliance. When properly done, it provides a defence to regulatory charges or, at least, can mitigate the amount of fines imposed. Environmental due diligence is primarily a proactive activity. It involves takin…View the post titled What is Environmental Due Diligence?
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