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Published on: 9 May 2016 By

Making the environmental grade: Ontario leads while Canada lags

A recent report published by the Conference Board of Canada has found Ontario to be the top environmental performing province in the country based on 9 criteria. But in the larger scheme of things, the same report found that the environmental record of Canada as a whole is woefully lacking c…

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Published on: 5 May 2016 By

Recent Case Highlights Importance of Severability Clauses in Employment Agreements

Most employers want simple, friendly hiring documents that are easy to understand and don’t look like they were drafted by lawyers. Trust me – I get it! To achieve this goal, employers sometimes want to remove important legal clauses from their offer letters or employment agreements. Most co…

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Published on: 3 May 2016 By

Another Conviction under the Migratory Birds Convention Act

The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA) is again being used as a tool to protect migratory birds that are also species at risk. In early April, Bergedac Ltée, and a shareholder and employee of the company, were convicted and fined a total of $12,000 for violating Migratory Birds Conv…

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Published on: 29 Apr 2016 By

$21,000 fine and restitution for road salt damage to trees

On April 6, 2016, Jaret Bousfield was convicted under the Environmental Protection Act for permitting the discharge of road salt that caused or was likely to cause damage to a neighbour’s mature cedar trees. Bousfield pleaded guilty to the charge, and was fined $5,000, plus the 25% victim fi…

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Published on: 20 Apr 2016 By

Dry Cleaner Sentenced to House Arrest for Improper Storage of Tetrachloroethylene

An Edmonton businessman and owner of a dry cleaning operation, First Class Cleaners, was given an four-month conditional sentence on that is to be served in the community.  The owner of First Class Cleaners plead guilty to five Canadian Environmental Protection Act offences relating to the u…

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Published on: 20 Apr 2016 By

Dry Cleaner Sentenced to House Arrest for Improper Storage of Tetrachloroethylene

An Edmonton businessman and owner of a dry cleaning operation, First Class Cleaners, was given an four-month conditional sentence on that is to be served in the community. The owner of First Class Cleaners plead guilty to five Canadian Environmental Protection Act offences relating to the us…

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Published on: 13 Apr 2016 By

Priestly Demolition fined $70,000 for Spill and Failure to Report to MOECC

The defendant, Priestly Demolition Inc. caused chlorine gas to be discharged into the environment when an employee operating a magnetic grapple attempted to move old pressurized gas cylinders. During the move, a valve snapped releasing the gas. The employee experienced a burning sensation an…

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