Purchaser of contaminated site loses case against own lawyer
Mr. Yang was satisfied with the extent of his knowledge about the environmental condition of the property, and, notwithstanding the advice of his counsel, was unwilling to conduct any further investigationsContinue reading the post titled Purchaser of contaminated site loses case against own lawyer
Liability for delays in issuing environmental permits?
Can the government be liable for financial damages, when they refuse environmental permits for unreasonable reasons, or cause an unreasonable delay in issuing a permit? YesContinue reading the post titled Liability for delays in issuing environmental permits?
Anti-fracking and Great Lakes Bills to Committee
The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on June 4, with two environmental proposed environmental laws having received second reading, but awaiting Committee review and public hearings. The third environmental law, Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 (anti-SLAPP) has bee…Continue reading the post titled Anti-fracking and Great Lakes Bills to Committee
Food labelling coming to a (franchised) restaurant near you
Here is a recent legislative development of interest that will impact the franchise community, at least in Ontario: the Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015, which received Royal assent on May 28, 2015. Note that the act comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The act requires that “owners and opera…Continue reading the post titled Food labelling coming to a (franchised) restaurant near you
Why special rules for endangered species on roads to turbines?
Why should endangered species protection in Ontario be different for roads to wind turbines, as opposed to roads leading anywhere else? Ontario has an elaborate system that allegedly protects endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), endangered, threatened or extirpated spe…Continue reading the post titled Why special rules for endangered species on roads to turbines?
Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal
Ontario’s energy intensive industries have finally been permitted to burn many kinds of waste, in place of coal. Cement companies, among others, are now looking for sufficient quantities of eligible biomass they can dry and burn to fuel their kilns. With cap and trade on the way, this …Continue reading the post titled Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal
Limitation Periods – Often Overlooked, Yet Potentially Fatal to Your Legal Rights
It is inevitable that at some point a business will experience a harmful event that causes it to suffer a financial loss. Examples include a third party breaking a contract or a warehouse fire due to faulty electrical wiring. Therefore, businesses need to be aware of the time limits that res…Continue reading the post titled Limitation Periods – Often Overlooked, Yet Potentially Fatal to Your Legal Rights
Fisheries Act private prosecution goes ahead
As we wrote earlier, in December 2014 Marilyn Burgoon received approval to bring a private prosecution against Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services and the Province of British Columbia for violations of the Fisheries Act related to a large fuel spill into a sensitive creek. The province too…Continue reading the post titled Fisheries Act private prosecution goes ahead
MOECC Updates – May 2015
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed of environmental issues that could impact your business, we have collected this list of recent MOECC news and fines for violations of the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act. If you have any questions or would l…Continue reading the post titled MOECC Updates – May 2015
Cheese whey spill: $80,000 fine
Even seemingly innocuous substances, like human food and drink, can be hazardous to the natural environment. And spills of food and drink must be reported. Silani Sweet Cheese Limited manufactures a cheese at a facility in Bradford, West Gwilliumbury. In January 2013, ricotta cheese whey ove…Continue reading the post titled Cheese whey spill: $80,000 fine