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Published on: 30 Aug 2017 By

Obstruction Charge Results in 45 Days in Jail

On August 14, 2017, an individual operating an automotive and scrap metal business at a property situated along Haldimand Highway in Canfield was sentenced to 45 days in jail for obstructing Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Provincial Officers (“Ministry Officers”) in the perfo…

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Published on: 24 Aug 2017 By

Episode of Reality Television Show Leads to Environmental Prosecution

It’s not often that the worlds of reality television and environmental regulatory enforcement collide. However, recently, a Yukon-based company became subject to an environmental prosecution by committing an environmental offence in a reality television episode. Tamarack, Inc. engages in pla…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2017 By

$100,000 Fine for Selling Tetrachloroethylene

On August 16, 2017, Dalex Canada, pled guilty to one count of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations (“Dry Cleaning Regulations”) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (“CEPA”). Dalax Canada supplies equipment and ser…

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Published on: 14 Aug 2017 By

Coal Mine Fined $4.5 Million for Provincial and Federal Offences

A coal mining company was fined approximately $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties as a result of a spill from its tailings pond into tributaries flowing into the Athabasca River in Alberta. Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC (formerly known as Coal Valley Resources Inc.) pled guil…

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Published on: 8 Aug 2017 By

Mount Polley Subject to Private Prosecution Due to Province’s Failure to Act

In the fall of 2016 MiningWatch Canada initiated a private prosecution under the Fisheries Act against the British Columbia government and Mount Polley mine as a result of the collapse of the Mount Polley tailings dam in 2014. The failure of the dam resulted in 25 million cubic metres of was…

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Published on: 3 Aug 2017 By

Partial resolution to ongoing litigation related to 2008 oil spill in Kawartha Lakes

In the latest twist in a long-standing saga, the Superior Court of Justice has ruled partially in favour of a landowner upon whose property in Kawartha Lakes an oil spill. In mid-December, 2008, Thompson Fuels (“Thompson”) delivered 700 litres of fuel oil to the residence of Wayne Gendron. T…

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Published on: 28 Jul 2017 By

NAFTA Reform, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and Environmental Regulation

Canada, the United States, and Mexico are set to begin the re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) in August. The foreign investment protection chapter (Chapter 11) is likely to be among other contentious aspects of the treaty to be addressed. Chapter 11 protects …

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