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Published on: 14 Mar 2017 By

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…

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Published on: 6 Mar 2017 By

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…

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Published on: 3 Mar 2017 By

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…

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Published on: 28 Feb 2017 By

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…

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Published on: 27 Feb 2017 By

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…

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Published on: 24 Feb 2017 By

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…

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