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Published on: 15 Oct 2012 By

Sobering Thoughts: Hosting Social Functions with Alcohol and How to Reduce Your Liability

The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler.  Fall is clearly here.  For many employers, this means that plans for the office holiday party are in the works.  It also means that many employees will be consuming alcohol at an employer-sponsored event. [Read More…] The days are g…

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Published on: 11 Oct 2012 By

Enviro West v Copper Mountain, everyone is liable

A long running lawsuit over liability for PCB wastes may finally be over. In Enviro West Inc v. Copper Mountain Mining Corp.  a waste hauler, Enviro West, unknowingly picked up waste oil highly contaminated with PCBs and mixed it with uncontaminated oil, resulting in substantial damages. At …

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Published on: 3 Oct 2012 By

Pesticide crimes by Scotts, largest fine, 50 years after Silent Spring

In September, the Scotts Miracle-Gro pesticide company was sentenced to pay the largest ever criminal penalty, and the largest ever civil penalty, for deliberate violations of the US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Scott’s sold 70 million pounds of bird foo…

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Published on: 27 Sep 2012 By

Organizing Renewable Energy Community Power Projects

This Friday, September 28, the Climate Change Lawyers Network (CCLN) will be hosting a session for anyone interested in the encouraging renewable energy community power projects. Presented in coordination with the Ontario Non-Profit Network, the session is a great opportunity to learn more a…

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Published on: 27 Sep 2012 By

How will Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 work for designated projects?

According to the Conservatives, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) will streamline the EA process, avoid duplication and consolidate responsibility for [EA] to three agencies instead of 40.[1] These three agencies are the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the…

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Published on: 26 Sep 2012 By

Kivalina loses its climate change nuisance case again

The City and Village of Kivalina, population about 400, sits on the tip of a six-mile barrier reef on the northwest coast of Alaska. The residents depend on the sea ice that forms along the coast to shield them from violent storms.  Sea ice has consistently declined in recent years – i…

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