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Published on: 4 Nov 2013 By

Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Faces Complaints From Neighbors; Could This Happen In Ontario?

Hoy Fong Foods, the maker of popular hot sauce Sriracha, has come under criticism from its neighbors who claim that its factory in California is emitting an unpleasant odour. Is this a case of NIMBYism or a legitimate complaint? Perhaps a more pressing question for Ontario business owners is…

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Published on: 29 Oct 2013 By

Baker (Northstar Directors') liability appeal has settled

Ten corporate officers and directors have paid $4.75 million to be released from the Northstar Canada cleanup order, even though the Ministry of the Environment admits that none of them were at fault for causing the contamination.  Some were not even on the Northstar Canada board. The Enviro…

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Published on: 29 Oct 2013 By

Northstar Inc. and the Ministry of the Environment: Are Directors and Officers Responsible for Environmental Remediation?

How much responsibility do Directors and Officers bear for environmental contamination? The answer is not clear from the text of the Environmental Protection Act and currently the Ontario Courts are considering the issue in Baker v Ministry of the Environment. In this blog post, Paula Lombar…

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Published on: 23 Oct 2013 By

Good news: updated Ontario noise guideline

After three years of consideration, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has adopted a more up-to-date guideline for assessing noise impacts.   “Environmental Noise Guideline Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning, Publication NPC-300” is now in force. See NPC 300 o…

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Published on: 21 Oct 2013 By

Supreme Court upholds Castonguay: "When in doubt, report"

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected Castonguay’s appeal of its conviction for failing to report, to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, a fly rock incident during road construction.  They were fined $25,000 plus the 25% victim fine surcharge. This decision greatly expands the…

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Published on: 17 Oct 2013 By

MOE Director admits that the Northstar directors were not polluters

Our high-stakes case, appealing the imposition of infinite retroactive personal liability on directors for contamination they did not cause,  will be heard by the Environmental Review Tribunal starting October 28. Initial witness statements in Baker v Director, Ministry of the Environment we…

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