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11 Mar 2019 By

Fisheries Act Violation Results In $350,000 Fine

On February 20, 2019 Fraser River Pile and Dredge GP Inc. (“Fraser”) was ordered to pay a penalty in the amount of $350,000.00 after pleading guilty to depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.  Section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act states …

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8 Feb 2019 By

Peter Dillon comments on Canadian coffee giant and franchisee group potential settlement

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon recently spoke with Advocate Daily about a Canadian coffee giant and frustrated franchisees that appear to be close to reaching a settlement in two class action lawsuits. Click here to view the full article

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7 Feb 2019 By

City of the Kawartha Lakes enters into “Diversion Agreement” to resolve Federal Charges under the Fisheries Act

On January 31, 2019, the Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes resolved charges laid against it under the Fisheries Act by entering into a “diversion agreement” which will see the charges withdrawn in exchange for the city taking the following actions: paying $75,000 to the Environmental…

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1 Feb 2019 By

Supreme Court of Canada Releases its Decision in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd, 2019 SCC 5

Supreme Court of Canada Orders Trustee in Bankruptcy to Comply with Environmental Remediation Orders Prior to Distributing Funds to Secured Creditors in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd, 2019 SCC 5 On January 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated …

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1 Feb 2019 By

Conservation Ontario’s 2019 Budget Consultation Submission

Conservation Ontario, the non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, has made their submission for the 2019 Ontario Budget Consultation publicly available on their website, and here’s what we’ve learned: The Province of Ontario currently provides Ontario’s …

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28 Jan 2019 By

Ford Loses Motion to Dismiss Ecojustice Case for Cancelling Cap and Trade

The recent attempt of the Ford government to dismiss a court case against them brought by Greenpeace Canada, represented by Ecojustice[1], failed on January 26, 2019. Ecojustice filed a lawsuit against the Government of Ontario for failing to consult the public when it ended Ontario’s cap an…

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25 Jan 2019 By

Proposed new “Open-for-business” by-law authority scrapped

On Wednesday January 23, 2018, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that the government would not be proceeding with Schedule 10 of Bill 66. As I wrote here, Schedule 10 proposed to give municipal governments expanded authority under their Planning Act, section 34,…

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21 Jan 2019 By

Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal Upholds Another Wind Turbine Approval

On January 4th, 2019, the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal” or “ERT”) issued another decision in the long list of dismissed appeals of wind turbine approvals (“Renewable Energy Approvals” or “REAs”). The crux of the 143 page decision in Concerned Citizens of North Stormont v.…

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21 Jan 2019 By ,

Why Failing to Immediately Disclose a Litigation Agreement in Multi-Party Litigation is Dangerous and Costly

Summary Litigation agreements in multi-party litigation are required to be immediately disclosed to the other parties in the litigation (“Other Parties”). A litigation agreement is broadly defined as an agreement that has the effect of changing the adversarial position of the parties set out…

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