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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: 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: 26 Jan 2017 By

The Vexing Problem Of Limitations In Environmental Cases Rises Again

Last August, we reported on recent case law dealing with the difficult question of how to determine limitation periods in environmental claims. In the January 2017 Court of Appeal decision of Crombie Property Holdings Limited v. McColl-Frontenac Inc., the court overturned the trial court’s d…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2017 By

Citizen Can’t Seek Damages for Alleged Breach of Charter Rights by Alberta Energy Board

A year after hearing the case, four out of nine judges of the Supreme Court of Canada have ruled in Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator that Ms. Ernst cannot make a claim for an alleged breach of her freedom of speech Charter rights by the Alberta Energy Regulator (“Board”). Further, the judge…

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Published on: 4 Jan 2017 By

Fines for Failing to Properly Dispose of Asbestos Waste

On December 8, 2016 an individual was convicted for transporting asbestos waste, storing asbestos, and failing to comply with the conditions of a Ministry order contrary to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”). The individual operated a business providing asbestos remov…

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